Category Archives: Kansas

post rock 🎵🎶

No seriously, rock, not Rock!

Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.     

Robert Frost

One of the coolest aspects of the travel we do is learning. Always learning. And with internet literally being at our fingertips, we learn a lot. Of course, there are also the occasional historical information signs that help spark the further pursuit for knowledge.  One such marker let us know that the strange fence across the street from our current stop was not just a plain fence, but history.

According to Wikipedia “Fencepost limestonePost Rock limestone, or Stone Post is a stone bed in the Great Plains notable for its historic use as fencing and construction material in north-central Kansas resulting in unique cultural expression.”  Its most famous use was miles and miles of stone fence post along the country highways.  We were on HWY70 in central Kansas; Wilson, Kansas actually.  According to the information sign in front of The Kansas Originals Market these fence posts were sometimes carved into faces or shapes, but many of them have weathered away over the years. 

We saw these post for miles along HWY70, even seeing some of those that were carved.  The unfortunate thing about traveling with a 9,000lb house behind you is that you can’t just “pull over here so I can get a picture.”  Believe me, I’d be stopping and going all the time!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fencepost_limestone

The Country roads are taking me home

Meet Betty Deux and Bertha. They were named after the Bertha Butt Boogie song by Jimmy Castor. Taken at an eastbound rest stop in Kansas. You can stay overnight at Kansas rest stops.

We discovered this summer that Betty Deux is our home not just a house on wheels. For whatever reason, there is a comfort level achieved there that is not present in our brick and mortar house. Sure there is only a fraction of the room. We are limited on the things we can take with us, however, we seem to take what is necessary for both living and entertainment. And that seems enough.

Now that we are home from this summer’s adventures, we find ourselves sitting in front of the television or the computer an exorbitant amount of time. Let’s face it, it’s just too damn hot to do anything else! No more sitting outside with our early morning coffee watching deer graze nearby or cottonwood snow or baby robins. No more meals prepped in the best kitchen ever, the outdoors on the cast-iron grill. Exercise is forced now rather than the constant going in and out of the camper or taking early morning or evening walks around the campground, nodding a friendly hello to the neighbors.

Bertha is unhitched, free from her tethers. Betty is under cover, cleaned out and waiting for cooler weather to have her interior painted. For Betty, time is at a slight stand-still, waiting, waiting.

How do you know you are in Kansas?

When there is Dust in the Wind!

And oh my, Toto, there was a lot of wind this day. But it didn’t stop us from enjoying a few moments of fun in front of the Kansas Originals Market and Gallery. What a neat, unique gift shop. So many cool things to look at inside and out.

Capt’n Jim can’t seem to help himself; he loves to pose with statues and such. This, of course, being the first of many such opportunities. And all of this BEFORE the wine tasting! Yes, they offer wine tasting. This was my first experience with wine tasting and obviously with Covid-19 protocols in place it was different than what is the norm. Still, all in all, a lot of fun. Glad we did it too, as Jim opted for their more expensive wine to start with. He was going to just buy it without trying it and I insisted. Glad we did as we didn’t really like it. Instead we bought two other reds: Czech Style Red Wine (a sweet) and Heartland Red Velvet (a dry.) Both are produced by Smoky Hill Vineyards and Winery. And, on a final note, a big thank you to the young man who waited on us. Unfortunately, I don’t remember his name. He was new at doing this and did a great job. He and I briefly talked cameras as he liked my baby!

https://www.facebook.com/kansasoriginals/

http://www.kansaswine.com/

Funky chicken

What a funky, crazy chicken! Very creative. Yard art in front of the Kansas Originals Market, Wilson. Kansas. 7/7/2020 ISO 125, 1/400sec f7.1 66mm

Well, someone made chicken salad out of chicken poop. I can just imagine all these gears laying around rusting and filling up a scrap yard. And then comes along some Rooster with a creative brain and voila you have a made from scratch yard art!!

This was one of the neatest shops we have been in on our travels. We stayed there for at least an hour and a half. I highly recommend stopping there if traveling through Kansas on I-70. They have the most unique items and friendly staff. Thoroughly enjoyed our impromptu excursion.

If you can’t visit in person, and I highly recommend that you do, then visit their website. I know I plan on visiting and purchasing virtually from them until I can visit in person again. https://www.kansasoriginals.com/

Goodbye yellow brick road

When are you gonna come down?
When are you going to land?

Elton John

Barn Swallow Hotel along roof eaves of abandoned building across from Kansas Originals Markets, Wilson, Kansas. This was taken from inside our camper as the wind was unbelievable! 7/7/20

Swallows were common sights during our travels, often seen flying over fields, barnyards, and frequently right in front of our truck. According to https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Barn_Swallow/overview “Barn Swallows often cruise low, flying just a few inches above the ground or water. True to their name, they build their cup-shaped mud nests almost exclusively on human-made structures.” And true to their nature here they were. We were totaly amazed at this long line of hotels. Swallows flew in and out of these “hotel suites” so fast it was almost impossible to capture a photo.

These birds moved so fast it was very difficult to capture a clear photo.