kansas This is what Kansas looked like, broadly speaking, as we drove across it today.   Grass on the ground, blue sky, clouds, an occasional building plopped down in the middle of the flatness.

It made me think of children’s drawings.

We saw corn, a handful of cows, slightly fewer goats, a couple of churches, a barn or two.

It was pretty boring, frankly.  We drove all the way across from Missouri to Colorado, and it all looked like this. kansas-wind-farm

Fortunately, we were having fun in the car. #1 son brought a box of Mensa word games cards and of course we had all sorts of electronic gear.

I did very much like the wind farm. It was enormous, and each of the wind turbines was suitably enormous as well. Very impressive.

We had intended to find interesting local boites for meals, but in fact we had lunch at Taco Bell and dinner at Pizza Hut. I guess they must have interesting local boites in Kansas, but they keep them to themselves.

kansas-bear Actually, we were thankful to find anything. I had packed up granola bars, but that doesn’t count as lunch.

We did find this building with beer bottle artwork. I think it was a Budweiser distributor or something.

There were a lot of little museums along the way, but they were all closed. Had it not been Sunday, we’d have learned about everything from fossils to motorcycles, Swedish settlers to Mennonites, but as it stands, all we can see is that Kansas has or had fossils and Mennonites and whatnot.

We’re staying the night at the Country Club Drive Motel, which is comfortable and clean. kansas-courthouse This is in Colby, Kansas, which styles itself the Oasis of the Plains.

I liked the courthouse, shown here, which was built in 1906, when they were not shy about decorating their buildings.


The kids posed for tourist pictures for me. They are standing by a statue of the Spirit of the Prairie. This is a large woman holding rather casually onto a baby and waving some large piece of fabric. Both mother and baby look unnaturally exuberant, and we just couldn’t figure out the thing she was waving. It was way too big for a handkerchief. #1 son thought it might be a white flag of surrender

We asked our waitress at Pizza Hut what a jayhawk was, hoping to get a little knowledge about Kansas before we left, but she said she thought it was some kind of chicken. We thought it was some kind of Civil War thing like a bushwhacker or a carpetbagger.

I checked with Wikipedia, and we were right. Jayhawkers were guerilla fighters, and the term was later used to cover anyone from Kansas. #1 daughter thinks it might be the result of the boring flatness of the state. “They have all kinds of time to get up in each other’s business,” she explained. Tombstone, Dodge City… She could be right.

Tomorrow we will head on to Colorado, with stops planned in Denver before heading on to Ft. Collins, our destination.

Once we get to Ft. Collins, we have some fun touristy plans.