Thursday, May 19, 2016

High Plains

We continued our trek across the high plains.  We saw miles and miles of blowing grass and wheat, oil rigs, and here and there, clusters of buildings and small herds of cattle.  On an info board at a rest stop I read about the stone posts pictured below.  In central Kansas there were no trees for fence posts.  Enterprising settlers chiseled post from limestone.  This used to be sheep country, so low fences were the norm.

Remember Sinclair gas stations?

The city of Oakley.  We will be visiting a few historic spots there while we are here.

Our new home for the next few days.  We actually parked on the other side of the 5th wheel in the center by itself.

There are no Passport America parks in NW Kansas.  High Plains Camping does offer Good Sam's discounts.  It boasts long, level pull-throughs, full h/u with 30 & 50 amps, free wi-fi from the sites, tent area, store, lp 24 hr laundry, restrooms, showers, dog run, hot tub, pool, 18 hole mini golf, and a nice restaurant and pizza delivery,  A nice steakhouse and an antique store are a short walk away.  The staff was friendly and informative.

Office, store, laundry  The barn design is very typical on the plains.

Nice spacious spots

interesting mini golf

Tree houses

Mini golf on the right.  Play area includes volleyball, horseshoes, picnic area and large group fire ring.  Next to the the restaurant--Cap'n Jack's Pug--is the pool.  It is a large above ground pool.  The wooden fence surrounds a large deck, with the pool top level with the bottom of the fence.  It was locked, but we were welcome to swim if we wanted to freeze.
  As I was approaching the picnic area (just past the volleyball net above), this bunny hopped up and posed.

The weather in Kansas just doesn't want to cooperate for motorcycle rides.  The abundance of clouds doesn't bother us, but with strong winds and the temps in the 50's, we are more inclined to tour in the truck.  

We'll see what tomorrow brings.

Louise and Duane

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