The first stop on our little weekend trip was Agate Fossil Beds National Monument in Nebraska. The little monument is free and well worth visiting. The site is best known for Miocene period fossils, such as Miohippus, the ancestor of the modern horse and daemonelix, Palaeocastor burrows. The spiraling burrows of the ancient ground beaver were first thought to be parts of extinct vegetation.
This little national monument was way better than I expected. The daemonelix were something we’ve never seen before. The collection of gifts from Lakota to rancher James H. Cook was unique and interesting.
Before this visit I held a deep dislike towards Nebraska. Typically Nebraska has just been a nuisance, the longest state ever when driving from Denver to Chicago to visit the husbands family. A state that mostly grows corn and tornadoes. This time I think we saw the best parts of Nebraska, and it was way shorter drive through it from south to north than from west to east.