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STOP #200

"The Sunflower State"
is our 30th visited state


It was once illegal to put a scoop of ice cream on cherry pie.

Today at 11:48AM we crossed into the state of Kansas, the 30th new state for us and the first new state in exactly 1 year, 1 month and 3 days.

It's been a long time coming! Tricia finally gets to place a new piece to the wooden puzzle on our refrigerator door. The states you see exploded off to the left hand side are states we intend to visit this year.

30 DOWN 20 TO GO

Anyway we have arrived here at Campsite #110 at Historic Lake Scott State Park, Scott City, KS for a week long visit. On Wednesday we expect our friends from Denver, CO to come join us with their brand new 30 foot Classic Airstream. We met them down in Texas last February while visiting the Padre Island National Seashore and have kept in touch ever since.

Campsite #110 at Historic Lake Scott State Park in Scott City, KS

Sunrise here at Historic Lake Scott State Park

FRIDAY - Today we are all set to go sightseeing! And this time when I say WE, I mean Katherine, John, (Luca and Lacey-their two dogs), Tricia and myself. We all loaded up into Katherine & John's big red Ford F350 and headed out.

First stop was Monument Rocks National Natural Landmark. It is located on private property, but is open to the public during daylight hours. These 70 foot tall rocks have refused to be worn down over the last 80 million years like everywhere else in this region.


Our first glimpse from a mile away of the seventy foot tall formations.
Five foot tall Tricia shows you just how large they really are.
A peephole in the softer upper layers of the chalk-like rock.
Notice the wide crack above the peephole. Someday, hopefully not today, that is going to collapse.
A view of the peephole from the roadway that runs around the perimeter of the rocks. Notice the second group of formations in the background.
This second group of formations is similiar and yet entirely different.
It contains chimney like formations along the upper levels.
Even the birds have figuered a way to use the formations for their nests.

Next up on our tour is the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center. There is a double lifesized bronze statue out front of Buffalo Bill on his horse, aiming his trusted gun at a buffalo.

Once a prolific hunter of buffalo, he later in life became a driving force in the conservation efforts to save the species from extinction.

After visiting the Cultural Center we grabbed a quick lunch and visited two fossil museums.

The museums housed some very interest finds that were all located within thirty miles of the museum. For those who don't know, Kansas is in the dead center of the Lower 48 States and was once covered by an large inland sea.

Most of the fossils are aquatic in nature, but they did have some larger mammoth bones and some unique flying reptile species on display. Very cool if you're like us and into that kind of knowledge.

SATURDAY - Well it's time once again to break into my stash of gourmet sodas for another exciting episode of:


Say that three times fast!

Today's soda selection is distributed by Boots Beverages of Bryan, TX, just like the Caramel Apple Soda from Episode #1. However today's flavor is Dewberry Soda!

From what I've been able to find out a dewberry is like a small blackberry that grows on a vine that remains close to the ground. It has a very similiar taste as a blackberry and with that said of course I'm a big fan.

So to recap, so far that's three sodas, three entirely different flavors and three big thumbs up for taste! Could it be that I was able to pick six sodas and all of them will turn out to be winners? Only time will tell.

SUNDAY - Our sightseeing endeavors today will bring us to the Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park, which is located just seven miles from our campsite in Historic Lake Scott State Park.

Badlands are described as a type of dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils have been extensively eroded by wind and water. This area of Kansas certainly falls into that description.

Here are a few photos from our 2-1/2 mile hike through the state park trails today.

As an added bonus after the hike I located our Kansas geocache near the entrance to the parking lot, bringing our total to 30 finds, one in each state.

John even decided to give geocaching a try and found his very first geocache. I wonder if geocaching will become a new hobby for he and Katherine during their travels?

Tomorrow we will move to our second stop here in Kansas.

Anyone else want to see some prairie dogs? We do!

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