I drove through Kansas to bring my little RV from Louisiana to Vancouver Island. It was tornado season in Tornado Alley. Population is low because of the annual threat. Often I was the only vehicle on the roads throughout those states. Tornado clouds hung in the sky as we dodged bad weather. Strong winds prevailed throughout.
The link to the Google My Maps is: Kansas Map
We stopped at a travel information place. There were many pamphlets and maps available as well as a small gift shop. I bought a coffee mug showing a tornado approaching a farmhouse. It’s my favourite mug. It symbolizes our adventure of travelling through Tornado Alley in Tornado season. Thank goodness we didn’t see anything more than menacing clouds.
The sign below was interesting to me as my mother’s middle name is Chisholm after some ancestor.
Belle Plaine, Kansas is the wheat capital of the world. I bet you didn’t know that.
I liked the three dimensional quality of this farm scene.
There were a few trees but not many.
Castle Rock is marked on here close to the Texas Cattle Trail. We tried to find it but we gave up when the road became unpaved. There weren’t enough signs either. It’s in the badlands.
Many of these mid-southern states have pink highways. You can see it on the shoulder. When they repave them though they lose the pink and are replaced by boring grey-black asphalt. I really liked the pink ones. I didn’t like the way big trucks like this one made the RV shake in the wind. It took a few days of driving the RV before I loosened up my death grip on the steering wheel. I’d only had one loop around the neighborhood before I drove it away from my brother’s house.
History abounds in this part of the country.
Going along the highway we noticed this strange tower so we took the next exit to go find out what it was about. It was for the Sternberg Museum of Natural History.
We arrived twenty minutes before closing time but the lady in charge let us run around (literally) to see everything.
There were dinosaur life size dioramas upstairs.
Most of the time when we’re exploring, Penguin hangs out in my pocket. One lady even exclaimed “Oh, she has a bird in her pocket.” That’s right.
You’ll hear more about the Sternberg Museum of Natural History when I get to the letter “x” in this A to Z blogging challenge for April.
It might have been fun to have seen Dorothy’s house but it was southeast of where we were. Have you been to Kansas?