Wichita, Kansas

We hit several Toll roads in Texas and Oklahoma. Can’t complain though because the roads are so nice and smooth!  We stopped for fuel in Billings, OK. It was a FULL SERVICE station for big rigs and RVs. πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½ This guy, Jim, pumped our fuel AND cleaned our windows with such gusto and cheer!! What a wonderful world this would be if everyone was as happy and friendly as Jim to do their jobs.😁

Jim, a real friendly fellow.
A cotton field over yonder.😳
Welcome to Kansas.
Wichita! Our destination for the day.

I googled things to do in Wichita and saw this historical attraction that caught my eye; Keeper of the Trails monument. However, I noticed that they use Keeper of the Plains and Trail interchangeably. It is a park, lake and monument.

Keeper of the Plains.
The suspension bridge to the Keeper of the Trail monument.
Keeper of the trail.
City view from the suspension bridge.
Some artifacts and history.
Circle of life: water, fire, earth and air.
The Keeper.
Keeper of the Plains.
US.πŸ₯°
Scenic view from the base of the Keeper.
The suspension bridge.

We enjoyed our time exploring the grounds of the Keeper of the Plains. Craig decided to take a drive thru downtown.

Deserted streets.
The Orpheum.
We turned down this side street made of brick. Charming.

We had a good day exploring a small portion of Wichita, Kansas, but it’s time to move on. It is starting to get dark, so I am on the hunt for a place to spend the night.

I found one RV park within 30 minutes from our location, I called and they had space. When we arrived it was dark, desolate, and there was no camp host.   There was one guy at the edge of the  park who appeared to be a resident in a tent trailer, dismantling a car. There was a forest behind the park. The RV sites were unkept and uneven. We got an eerie feeling about that place, so we left. It was a little too far off in the boonies for our comfort. Back on the highway, I found another RV park about 30 minutes from from the creepy one.  We are here at Four Aces RV Park, about 3 hours from the Colorado border.

Took this pic as we were leaving our home for the night.πŸ˜‰

All settled in for the night and hungry.  Dinner tonight is a bowl of cereal. It is late. I am 😴 sleepy. Happy birthday to me. πŸ₯°πŸ§πŸ₯‚Until the morning. 

TUESDAY

It is a brisk πŸŒ„ morning. I woke up about 8:30, got up and checked out the facility in the light of day. It is a nice RV park. The laundry room, showers and restrooms are VERY CLEAN, which isn’t always the case.

Where we slept for the night.
Whimsical Poster in the laundry room.
Whimsical Poster in the laundry room.
Real nice covered gathering place with   hanging swings, benches, grill and sink. Real nice park in the middle if nowhere!

We shared a banana with peanut butter, which has been our go to on this trip. With the beds made, slide in, tanks dumped, we hit the road about 11:30 a.m.

COLORADO BOUND

Colorado bound on highway 50 (still in Kansas) some sights along the way.

A wheat field.
Huge grain silo.
A park with a TANK.
I guess every city has a wind turbines somewhere.πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ
Dodge City. The Earp Brothers spent time here.πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ½
We’ve seen several field with these round bales of hay, or is it wheat??
I would love to see the process on how they roll these up so perfectly.
We saw alot of black cows here in Kansas. More than any other state I have been to.

Besides these sights, there are random homes here and there between the little towns that pepper the highway. Cimarron, the town we just drove thru, for example, has a population of just over 2,000. I counted about 8, maybe 10 blocks long with a Dollar Tree and Sonic on the side of the road among some other mom and pop type stores. Hum, I wonder what it is like growing up in small town America? πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

Random: Along the journey, besides cows πŸ„ we have seen llama, alpaca, sheep, 🐐 goats, and a quail farm. Also, corn and wheat fields, along with other crops we were unable to identify. β›½ GAS. We are LOVING the gas prices outside of CA. Texas had the lowest prices so far at $1.77 for diesel and $1.62 for regular unleaded. The average diesel prices we run into is from $1.90 to $2.25, which is still much better than CA!! More random info. Oklahoma and Kansas have fireworks stores and hugh warehouses along the highway. I wonder how their July 4th celebrations are?

We’re back OK.
We saw ALOT of prairies and hay today.
We’re back TX.

It has been a LONG day driving. We had no particular destination in mind when we left Kansas, except to drive through Colorado, so I could check it off of my map as a state we have been to.πŸ˜‰ I know its cheating, we will really visit Colorado next year. Oh, we lost an hour driving from Colorado mountain time, to Oklahoma, Central time. These tume changes πŸ€ͺ Anyway we left Kansas earlier today, drove through Colorado, back down to Oklahoma, and now are spending the night in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Texas.

Woodfield grill for dinner, Dalmart, Texas. Excellent steak! My favorite meal; Ribeye steak, baked πŸ₯” potato and a nice green salad.πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½
Night highway driving. Nothing to see.
We are the blue dot. Wal-Mart pkg lot for the night πŸŒ™.

We were in FOUR states today. We are tired. Tomorrow, New Mexico. Good night.

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