We haven’t been in this state since 2019! Looking forward to spending 9 days here. On a side note, I love musicals with a good story. West Side Story, Anna and The King and Oklahoma come to mind. Warren tolerates my requests to stream them and even finds himself enjoying them. So tonight, OKLAHOMA isContinue reading “OKLAHOMA!”
We set out from our VERY isolated campground in Kansas to locate a Geocache at a country cemetery. It was a couple miles down the road on a very steamy afternoon so we took our scooters. Time for some fun and time for some reflecting on how fleeting life can be.
The comedy Paper Moon was filmed in a couple of the small towns we visited last week. We were able to locate two film locations in Wilson, Kansas. We had never viewed the movie so we streamed it last night. Delightful comedy.
A toast to family and friends! A new lake to enjoy and a new brew for Warren. Twisted Pretzel seems right…
Last night’s sunset included some awesome storm clouds.
Time to move on to the border of Kansas and Oklahoma for a few days on our way to see dear family in Texas. We sure have enjoyed the peaceful blue lake with a variety of boats passing by. Our perch above the water made a perfect viewpoint in the cool of the morning andContinue reading “Time to Move On”
Another weirdly wonderful place in Lucus, Kansas. This self- taught and ingenious Midwestern artist’s exhibit was strangely interesting. Made us smile! A couple samples of what we saw. Pull Tabs and Maps.
One man’s expression of his political and religious beliefs. S.P. Dinsmoor started building The Garden of Eden in 1907 at the age of 64. For 22 years, he fashioned 113 tons of cement and many tons of limestone into his home and garden. He opened his home to guests, conducting tours of his home andContinue reading “Garden of Eden”
I drove down to Wilson, Kansas which has a strong Czech heritage. A quaint little place where I enjoyed an egg hunt all over town! It took 50 volunteers, 2,000 hours to paint the huge design on that giant egg. http://www.kansastravel.org/wilsonkansas.htm https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/worlds-largest-czech-egg
We couldn’t help but notice all the stone fence posts along the byways in this part of Kansas. Miles of them! Trees were scarce in pioneer days but Greenhorn Limestone was plentiful. I have included several links and even instructions if you want to try your hand at making these. 😉 https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/old-tobias-water-tower-and-jail https://geokansas.ku.edu/post-rock-country https://www.kshs.org/kansapedia/post-rock-cutting-kansas-folk-art/16558 https://www2.ljworld.com/news/2010/may/24/limestone-fence-posts-are-sculptors-medium/Continue reading “Stone Fence Posts”
We took a evening stroll around the campground at sunset. Down to the swim beach and boat dock. I’m so glad we chose the west view of the lake for our camp site. Lake view all day and sunset each night. https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/kansas/ks-rock-formations-wilsonlake/
We arrived at a new park in Kansas on Wilson Lake. We are delighted with our site! Sometimes it’s hard to tell what you will get even with online pictures and descriptions. Shade is at a premium in this part of the state so our little green trees are perfect. We have a nice breeze,Continue reading “Cliff Dwellers”
Storm clouds were gathering so we quickly scooted over to the lakeside just as the sun cast a beam across the water.
I usually keep 2 books going at once. I download an Audible book for my daily walks. I seem to walk farther with something to listen to (if the scenery doesn’t keep me entranced.) Then I have a library of Kindle ebooks to read when seated . Often I have a 3rd hard copy thatContinue reading “Reading List 📖”
I drove over to this small town for gas and spied unusually green stone buildings and a city park. All I can find out is that they were constructed in 1937 by The Work Progress Administration. The stone is green quartzite quarried locally. So lovely and different. Link included to a short video about WPA.Continue reading “WPA in Hill City, Kansas”
After touring Nicodemus, I saw an open sign at Ernestines! I bought a jar of BBQ sauce for our Veggie Chik Nuggets, some potato salad and baked beans to take home for lunch. “Ernestine is a descendent of the Williams family, one of the first to settle in 1877. The family had a long culinaryContinue reading “Ernestine’s BBQ”
This historic site was the first African American town on the frontier after The American Civil War. 300 settlers arrived in 1877 to the newly platted town of Nicodemus. Life was hard on the prairie but these folk were tough and their faith kept them strong. Imagine arriving from the lush green of Kentucky and otherContinue reading “Nicodemus”
Our Hill Top campground offers a wonderful 360 sunset. Awesome!
I always pick up free state travel magazines at welcome centers or park visitor centers. Now I have a few places to visit that weren’t even on my excellent radar.