Before we left Colorado, we had to say goodbye to Janet and Tom. We needed one picture of dog Fanny with the group. She was a rescue with lovely manners. We spent a lot of time away from the house, but Fanny endured it beautifully. They would give her a bone and put her in the fenced courtyard if we were going to be out for a long time. What a welcome we’d get when we came back!
As we were leaving, we took one last picture of the prairie with the snow-capped mountains way in the distance. That was a short way from Janet and Tom’s.
There were a surprising number of working oil wells in Kansas. Most of the ones we saw in Oklahoma were idle. Kansas also had lots of wind farms.
Next to our motel in Abilene was a bowling alley. I loved the name — Tornado Alley Lanes.
John and I remained quiet in the breakfast room, listening to one couple from Texas and one from North Carolina. The conversation was amusing to me.
NC man said, “You’ve got a big state.”
TX people were originally from Kansas and upstate NY, but they chose TX for retirement. TX man said, “I know our state is big.”
NC man, “Whin you git thar and see mile 675 on a milepost, ya know it’s big.”
The TX/KS woman was there for her class reunion. NC wanted to know the size of her class. There were 5 students in her level all through grade school. She answered the next question by saying she keeps up with two on Facebook and has email addresses for the other two. We talked a bit, but we didn’t have time for me to ask how KS met NY. Undoubtedly there was a big story there.
Kansas, being a very flat state, was a good transition from the raw Rockies and our beloved Smokies. I needed a breather between the two sets of mountains. You wouldn’t want mountain overload! When I was writing about flatness in the car, we came to the Flint Hills section of the state. There were rocky outcroppings, and the terrain looked like the Southwest with mesas and washes.