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Aug 4, 2017 - Trying the Corps of Engineers

We left Salina on Friday, but not without a problem. Since we were right next to a Blue Beacon Truck Wash, we decided it was about time for Winnie to get a shower. She hasn't been washed oaths trip and was muddy, cruddy, and the fort was covered with dead grasshoppers and bug splats. The wash was uneventful and Winnie looks pretty good all cleaned up. When I went to hitch up the Fit, I found there was a pin missing from the tow bar where it attaches to the car. I thought I had a spare, but was proven wrong when I looked for it. I drove back...

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Apr 30, 2017 - Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas

We have had two more cool, rainy days. Friday night, it rained all night with a couple thunderstorms mixed in. It was also very windy. The wind and rain continued all day yesterday. A ranger came by and warned us to keep an eye on the lake and move to a site away from the shore if it started to rise. It didn’t rise much, so we stayed put. We didn’t want to go out in the rain to change sites. We didn’t go out at all yesterday. I took care of the bills and book-keeping for May and we played some games and watched a movie. It was rainy and...

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Apr 28, 2017 - Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge in Hartford, Kansas

There were rain and thunderstorms during the night and showers this morning. I sat in the motorhome and watched the birds on our campsite. A flock of cedar waxwings visits one of the trees frequently. There is something they like to eat in the tree, which is probably a hemlock. This morning there was a flock of yellow-rumped warblers here too. The sun started to peek through the clouds around 11 AM, so we drove to the Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge. We planned to drive the auto tour road and walk the three nature trails. We found...

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Apr 27, 2017 - Konza Prairie Biological Station in Manhattan, Kansas

The Flint Hills, named for their layers of limestone and flint or slate, evidence that this area was an inland sea about 230 million years ago. The ice age glaciers never reached this area. The Flint Hills were sculpted by wind and water. The limestone is harder and forms benches or terraces and the softer flint layers erode away. The hills have only a thin layer of rocky soil which makes them unsuitable for plowing. Early pioneers passed through looking for better land and leaving a large area of virgin prairie here. The fertile land in...

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Apr 26, 2017 - Richey Cove COE Campground

It was mostly cloudy and very windy all day today, so we stayed inside and played games. We couldn’t have gone anywhere anyway because we had to wait for our reserved site to be ready so we could move. Early this afternoon, a couple people came to finish the cleanup and then around 4 PM the electricians came to get the electricity working. They said this is the third time this spring that the campsites along the lake have flooded. It is forecast to rain most of the time we are here. I hope the lake level doesn’t rise too much and flood us...

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Apr 25, 2017 - Richey Cove COE Campground on Council Grove Lake in Kansas

We continued west on I-70 today into Kansas. We stayed on I-70 most of the day, except to go out around Kansas City and Topeka. Most of the drive was through farm and ranch country and traffic was light. In Manhattan, Kansas, we took Rte. 177 south for 25 miles through the Flint Hills to Council Grove Lake. We are staying at the Richey Cove Corps of Engineers Campground. I messed up on the date and we are here a day early for our reservation. Sometime this spring, the lake level rose and flooded the campground. The campsites along the...

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Jun 1, 2015 - Dwight Eisenhower Library

Dwight Eisenhower's library was very interesting. ..lots of WWII history and memorabilia. It is built around his boyhood home which was originally a tiny 3 room house (not 3 bedroom...3 ROOM!) They added on another 2 rooms...and had 6 sons grow up in it! It's commendable that Dwight chose to be buried and have his library in Abilene. We drove around the town and found this mansion which was built on the site of the first log cabin built in Kansas. It has been remodeled, restored, and resold and is now up for sale again for $675,000. ...

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May 30, 2015 - Dirty Kanza

We have continued to extend our stay in Council Grove partly because it is so beautiful in the Flint Hills, partly because we have met some great people and partly because we have heard of this fascinating, extreme bicycle race, the Dirty Kanza. 200 miles bicycling dirt and gravel back roads. And this year the added challenge is the complication of flooded, muddy roads from days of heavy rainfall. On one section of the course it was necessary for the competitors to carry their bikes for three to four miles while walking through ankle deep...

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May 24, 2015 - Sunday drive

We were fortunate to get a prime campsite at Council Grove Lake Friday morning. Since it is Memorial Day weekend we weren't sure if it would be entirely full. On top of that, the lake has overflowed into about 1/3 of the sites, completely submerging the electricity box, the barbecue and picnic table. People who had reserved lakeside sites all had to be relocated. By some happy chance (!?!) there was a cancellation and the park hosts had not marked the post as available so we were able to slide right in. It rained hard for most of Saturday...

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Jun 2, 2012 - The Rodeo- Strong City

Well we survived the storm power kept going off through the night so we then got woken up as the fridge bleeps if the power is off so in the end switched it to gas. It is a lot cooler today drove to Manhatten a town about 35 miles away lovely scenic route. First thing this morning Wal noticed one of the tyres was down so took it into a tyre repair place quite amusing place it was like going back in time loads of old men sat about chatting, we stood there for ages waiting for somebody to help us eventually got it sorted, but it was fate...

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Jun 1, 2012 - Council Grove

Wednesday drove just over a 100 miles to Council Grove staying here 2 nights, we are parked right beside the lake. Got lost on the way the GPS could not find it ended up on a dirt road having to un-hook the car so we could turn around luckily somebody was about that could direct us, turned out the whole area is not recognised by a GPS system even the roads were not named in places. Later on in the day we drove 17 miles to Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve where we went on a bus tour of the area stopped off on route to see the bison. We...

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Mar 25, 2011 - Canning Creek C.O.E. Campground

First of all, a disclaimer, loyal reader Ken requested to see more pictures. So a few more have been added for your enjoyment. The weather this week has been extreme, earlier in the week it was in the mid-80s, today in the 40s with a cold wind. Last night we were treated to a spectacular light show in the skies over Council Grove Lake. BIG LIGHTNING!! Thanks to Gary & Vicki, we have discovered the Corps of Engineers Parks are a great value and generally, spectacular parks. This one is no exception. Several different campgrounds around the...

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