Nebraska – Ashland (Eugene T. Mahoney State Park)

Last night, just before sunset, my new friends and I went to the Eugene T. Mahoney State Park  (

We  headed up a very tall observation tower (Walter Scott Jr. Observation Tower) to watch the sunset.

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The tower sat on a bluff that overlooked the Lower Platte River.  Since Nebraska is pretty flat, one can see far from the top of the tower.

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I started running up and got to teh third floor.  Suddenly, I realized that the structure had hollow circles on the floor and it rocked (from the others on the tower and from the wind).

My fear of heights kicked in.

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I do not mean a casual fear, but a death grip on the guardrail-type fear.  I was able to move a little, but not much….

My friends came back down to check on me.  A sweet teenager (from our group) took my hand and (by also grabbing the guardrail) I walked to the top.  I was still frightened up there, so he stayed with me and held my hand while I walked around and took pictures.   (The young man seemed like an angel to me.  I knew I would be safe with him.  FYI – He is a 17 year old exchange student from Japan.)

Here are some of the pictures…

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Eileen Newman, Photographer and Documentary Filmmaker                           503-451-0385

All photographs and blog content – copyright 2011 – 2015  Eileen Newman


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