I got up early this morning to return to Coronado Heights to watch the sunrise over the Great Plains. When I got there there was another car parked next to the castle that was going to ruin the shot if they didn’t move. I was parked across the hilltop and could hear that it was a bunch of kids that appeared to have spent the night drinking. The was a lot of yelling and 4-letter words coming from their car. I never know what to expect when I alone in the dark at these places. Fortunately they packed up and drove away before the sunrise and I was able to get some great images of the castle and a colorful sky.
After the the sun was up I drove into Lindsborg again because I wanted to try to get some pictures of the old flour mill, and some of the historic buildings in the historic park near the river. I also wanted to find a place to get some breakfast. No luck on the breakfast, but was able to capture the old train station, a one room schoolhouse, and a building that was moved from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. It was the Swedish pavilion at the exposition and was purchased by a US diplomat and donated to Bethany College. The College used it as a classroom building as well as other activities over the years before it was donated to Lindsborg and moved to the city’s Historic Park.
Since I was out, I decided to go to Mushroom Rocks State Park about 25 miles west of Lindsborg. You can tell by its name that there are mushroom shaped rocks or hoodoos there. There are 2 mushroom rocks in this small park that were formed from the erosion of the soft underlying rock leaving a harder rock capstone on top. It’s a matter of time before the capstone will be on the ground from further erosion especially given the amount of carving that has taken place in the “stem”.
Breakfast had to wait until I got back to near the the KOA when I stopped at the local IHOP. I was ready for a nap when I got back to Winnie.