Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Enjoying Kansas

We only have four more months here in Kansas and so we are planning and making lists of all the things we want to do before we leave. With a nice long prairie bike ride out of the question this past weekend due to the terrible heat, I suggested we take a day trip to Western Kansas to see some of the things we have been wanting to see. En route we came upon this bus/truck. Jacob turned the van around just to get a picture. Some of the things people have done with buses around here still amazes us.
The first stop was Pawnee Rock, a historic landmark along the Santa Fe Trail.

Here's a better view.

Next we headed to Ft. Larned National Historic Site. Where we had a Hansel and Gretel moment with Hyrum in the huge oven. Mary Emma was very worried about there being spiders in there.

Next we attached the boy to the old ball and chain.

Camilla in the schoolroom/church working on her Junior Ranger Booklet.

Here's a better view of the Fort from the cemetery. One thing we found interesting about the fort is that all of the soldiers were there on assignment from Ft. Riley.

As part of the historic site are wagon ruts on the Santa Fe trail. The children and I are standing in the ruts.

I read an article a couple of years ago about this grain elevator anomaly near Kinsley, KS. Most towns have grain elevators and several have the old wooden ones from the early 1900s but this ghost town has two within about a hundred feet from each other right off the track of the Attichson, Topeka, and the Santa Fe rail line. I have always wanted to see them and finally had my chance.
What Kinsley can claim.

We had fun and can now check a few more things off our list.

1 comment:

Brewer's Ink said...

Go Junior Rangers! How many badges do the kids have now? It seems like you are always finding a new national park/monument to visit. How fun! Tell the kids that I'm really proud of them!