Our Week in Kansas

kanopolis state park and reservoir

We had a beautiful spot with lots of trees and grass, right next to our camp hosts.
For most of the week we were the only ones on our loop except for the camp hosts!

We did have a CONSTANT visitor; we nicknamed him “Angry Bird” because he kept attacking his reflection in our back windows. I guess he didn’t like his competition!
He made quite a mess of our ladder and rear of the camper!
We even tried rubber snakes to deter him but to no avail!
We had another little visitor in the dumpster! He was there almost every day and at one point had two friends with him. He disappeared on the weekend when the campground was full; I guess he didn’t like all that trash being thrown in around him!
The swimming beach on the reservoir was also pretty much empty during the week.

Some of the tent camping/picnic spots right on the water.
We took a short hike while there too.

Apparently Jan was already here!
A wildflower growing right out of the sandstone.
We even saw a beaver’s home!
And this little beauty!
We turned around when we got to this “bridge”. We didn’t want to fall into black muck!

the prarie trail scenic byway

This was the highlight of the scenic tour; Mushroom Rock. As you see here, most of the trail is dirt roads.

Mushroom Rock; not too impressive after seeing all the Utah National Parks, but pretty cool!
A small tree growing out of the rocks.

Some of the locals!

One of the 32 stops. We went by 20 some of the 32 but most were empty fields where something historic used to be! (Kind of like your map to the tree with the turn at the barrel that isn’t there anymore Rocky!)
This is what’s left of Farris Ranch!
These caves were on the tour, not too impressive other than you wouldn’t expect caves on the prairie.
Someone did a little ceiling repair at some point!
You can’t really see it but there was very clear cool water flowing into the cave.

Saw this deer along side the road during our tour.

marquette and the kansas motorcycle museum

The closest town to the park was Marquette, about 7 miles away; a cute little town of about 600 or so residents. They had a sign offering free land to anyone wanting to build a home here and live here; any takers?
Downtown Marquette.

The Kansas Motorcycle Museum. It was featuring and in tribute to a motorcycle racer named Stan Engdahl, better known as “Stan the Man”.He was 5 time national racing champion.
Mural on the side of the building.
Some of Stan’s many trophies. ┬áIt brought back some great memories of the years Jan had when her High School boyfriend, Frank, raced.
One of his racing Harley Davidsons.
A 1948 Indian, one of only two in existence!

A mini crotch rocket!

Interesting 3 wheeler from Sweden!
A drag bike; you’d have to have a death wish to get on this thing!

This BMW went around the world; partially by boat or airplane.

A dragster pedal car! Here you go Aneka!
A collection of various mopeds and small cycles.
Another death trap!
And one more!
Nice old Harley side car bike.
Harleys galore!