Laetitia and her group drove through agricultural land to Kearney, their next destination. Built on the site of Fort Kearney on the banks of the Platte River, the present day Kearney is a town of about 30,000 inhabitants. The fort was active in the late nineteenth century as a supply depot for the Pony Express and for settlers going west on the Oregon Trail. They visited the Fort Kearney Historical Park and went to a bird sanctuary on the Platte River to view some sandhill cranes.
In the late afternoon, the group went for happy hour at a local brewpub. As was her custom, Laetitia sat at the bar and talked to the bartender. Today’s tidbit was about an intern and nurse at the local hospital. Later, still at the pub, the group ordered dinner and Laetitia presented the limerick of the day.
An amorous intern in Kearney
Seduced the head nurse on a gurney
That rolled down the hall
And amused one and all
And thereafter was known as “the journey.”