Farming in Kansas is larger than life...number of acres, a semi-retired farmer told us his two sons and grandson planted 2,000 acres of corn and 1,000 acres of watermelon! Size of farm equipment-16 row planters at a minimum plus the huge tractor required to pull them! The larger farms sport their own 18 wheel grain trucks and livestock haulers. Ethanol plants. Highway signs that says "one Kansas farmer feeds 128 people plus you." Pristine homes sequestered by the multi-layer ,protective tree barrier. Kansas feels down home.
After a few days of rest, we had cabin fever. Topeka, located near-by, did NOT seem very bustling. We curiously thought this effect could be due to economic downturn. Old Prairie Town, located on the Oregon Trail, is a 6 acre historic family,railroad settlement. When we arrived a wedding was beginning. The wedding party-all dressed pleading with the bride to dress. Humorously, the highlight of Topeka was watching the bride have a meltdown. This tirade drew the attention of ALL the visitors. Bottom line was she needed a drink!! We like driving across US highways as opposed to interstates. More local flavor and smoother roads make driving more fun. It is on these roads the farm owned tractor trailers and livestock trailers are observed.
Generally speaking, Corp of Engineer parks surpass all state and national parks. Mark Twain Park is top notch- full hook-ups with 50 amp service and large "lots" at every site. Located near Hannibal, Mo there seems to be more than adequate sight seeing for us. Later in the week you will be able to read and look at what kept us occupied!