Happy Holidays Ya'll! No matter your
religion, beliefs and traditions, we wish you all the best this season
brings, and hope that it brings you joy.
Kathy and I had an early Thanksgiving with family in Lawrence, Kansas,
enjoying the grandkids, kids and pot roast. We don't get to the "city"
much, so we always hit a grocery store while there, just to experience
things we don't get here in Warsaw. Found a great deal on Crab Legs, so
after returning home, that's what we had for our actual Thanksgiving
meal for two. We'll hold the Turkey for Christmas this year.
While there we did manage a day trip over to Junction City, Kansas, via
back roads and ghost towns. I'll be sure to include more on that
adventure soon. First though, I promised the second part of last month's
adventure to Wichita and back.
Our journey home in late October to
Missouri, from Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita, was planned with an eye on
Kansas ghost towns, near ghost towns, and a quick stop at the Little
House on the Prairie Museum. What we found were a lot of towns
established with the anticipation of the railroad in the 1880's. There
were a lot of photo opportunities as well, and between the two of us,
Kathy wound up with over 2,500 to choose from. So she spent a week going
through and loading up additions to our Kansas galleries. This blog will
cover only a portion of the trip home, but you'll get the idea of what
you see in this part of the Land of Ahh's.
After a gorgeous Kansas sunrise, we left our campsite at Santa Fe Lake,
and headed East. Along the way, just outside of Augusta, we made a quick
stop at Henry's Sculpture Hill.
Artist Frank Jensen bought "the Hill" in 1986, just outside of Augusta,
as a place to work on his cast iron art, made out of old farm machinery.
He named his place "Henry's Sculpture Hill" in honor of famed author
David Thoreau who wrote in Walden, "If a man does not keep pace with his
companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer." Indeed,
Jensen does have a different beat than most, and it was a great stop
(although we didn't catch them open, and were only able to get some
shots from outside the fence). *note, more about the trip and photos in
the blog & galleries via link provided below.
Continue Reading about the ghost towns, near
ghost towns and the Little House on the Prairie Museum in our Blog Kansas
Rail Towns and Little House on the Prairie.
Dave and Kathy