Post 1047: […the sound of an existential meltdown…!] — or a trip to the Nebraska Sandhills

If not one thing, then another: Now my Microsoft Movie Maker app doesn’t work! And I had a brain fart when I came home from my little trip (about which later…) that resulted in movies, not photos of the boys greeting me at the door.

When I tried to [Screen Print] them, I ran into the next tragedy: The Windows 10 (may the creators all go “blank” themselves!) version of Screen Print is an abomination that, as far as I can tell, is unworkable — or, at least, doesn’t work in any recognizable way. I tried to screen print from the videos, like I did for the heading of this blog.

DO NOT DOWNLOAD WINDOWS 10!

So, that covered, and we can go onto today’s blog: Black Beauty and I took a trip up to Smith Lake in the Nebraska Sandhills and back. (Black Beauty is my new VW Golf Sportwagen. Yes, “Sportwagen” is spelled correctly as that’s the German for, well “Sport Wagon”.) We had fun!

East of Alliance ~ Wyoming coal in 100 car trains on the BNSF Railroad line. Alliance is a major hub for these trains.

East of Alliance ~ Wyoming coal in 100 car trains on the BNSF Railroad line.
Alliance is a major hub for these trains.

Nebraska Highway 2 east of Alliance is straight as an arrow till you hit the Sandhills.

Nebraska Highway 2 east of Alliance is straight as an arrow till you hit the Sandhills.

Lakeside, Nebraska, is a splotch in the road, though it has a few people and businesses. There's a US Post Office there, for example.

Lakeside, Nebraska is a splotch in the road, though it has a few people and businesses. There’s a US Post Office there, for example.

Lakeside, Nebraska is beside a lake! Duh!

Lakeside, Nebraska is beside a lake! Duh!

Classic Sandhills landscape...

Classic Sandhills landscape… The sun was blotted out by the clouds in most of this photo – there’s going to be a huge storm tonight!

Lots of cattle raised on the grassy Sanhills. That's the best and most typical use of the region.

Lots of cattle raised on the grassy Sandhills. That’s the best and most typical use of the region.

Wet meadows in the Nebraska Sandhills are inches above the Ogallala aquifer. It's like walking on a green marshmallow to walk on a wet meadow!

Wet meadows in the Sandhills are inches above the Ogallala aquifer. It’s like walking on a green marshmallow to walk on a wet meadow! Lots of fun!

The first irritation of the trip: A long delay because of road work.

The first irritation of the trip: A long delay because of road work. Historically, the area was virtually treeless. Now, well, more trees, but not that many.

Everything I photographed from this point on turned out to be video instead. Note above: Microsoft Movie Maker doesn’t work on my computer any longer! So, you don’t get to see Smith Lake or the turtle that was walking on the road that I filmed.¬†Of course, I was equally bummed out that the cute way Andy and Dougy greeted me was video, as mentioned above. They do it every time, so I will try to makes photos of it sometime soon.

“Blank” WordPress, too! I’m tired of all these improvements that screw up perfectly workable programs: Editing on WordPress is a tedious process because of little quirks like autosave on drafts that save nothing! The old editing program worked just fine. The new one…!

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