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Journey Through the Sand Hills

Posted Aug 04 2009 6:56pm

I'm not a big country music fan, but I love the Dixie Chick song called Cowboy Take Me Away.  It must have been written by someone who had just spent time at a wedding in the Sand Hills of western Nebraska.  Here is an excerpt:

I said I wanna touch the earth
I wanna break it in my hands
I wanna grow something wild and unruly

I wanna sleep on the hard ground
In the comfort of your arms
On a pillow of blue bonnets
And a blanket made of stars

Oh it sounds good to me

I said cowboy take me away
Fly this girl as high as you can
Into the wild blue
Set me free oh I pray
Closer to Heaven above
And closer to you
Closer to you

I wanna walk and not run
I wanna skip and not fall
I wanna look at the horizon
And not see a building standing tall

I wanna be the only one
For miles and miles
Except for maybe you
And your simple smile

Oh it sounds good to me
Yes it sounds so good to me

A few photos (taken with my iphone out the car window) of the Sand Hills and our journey west, with a stop at the Niobrara River and Smith Falls.  

Ah the sound of rushing water and those on river tubes screaming Go Big Red.  Why must the two mix? 

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