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Jun 23, 2012 - Day 42 Dodge City

What a day! There is beautiful sunshine, clear blue skies, and winds at 20 mph gusting to 35 mph with a high temperature or 105. We’re both happy we aren’t moving today. The road we will go on is west to east and the wind is from the south and would hit us broadside. We’re happy to stay right here. We drove (in the truck) to see the wagon ruts from the Santa Fe Trail. They can still be seen although they are worn down by rain and winds. They are covered by 12” tall prairie grass which ripples in the winds. “Amber waves of grass”? The ruts...

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Jun 22, 2012 - Dodge City, KS

We spent 2 nights at the Watersports Campground. It's called Watersport because of it's location on a lake. However, the lake was low and there was not much to do. No fish or paddle boat rentals. We took the boys to Boot Hill to see the history of Dodge City. Jaxon just wanted to see the gun fights. We took the Trolley tour. It is a 'site' tour. They take you to places where there use to be places. Original churches, jails, saloons, banks and so on. They could have easily put together a movie at the visitor center and told the same story....

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Jun 22, 2012 - Day 41 Dodge City

What a beautiful day! There is bright sunshine and a gentle breeze. Although the temperatures are high (upper 90s), the humidity is low so it’s not miserably uncomfortable. We went to the Boot Hill Museum. It’s a small recreation of the original Dodge City. Part of the museum gives information about the area and its history including Native Americans, the Santa Fe Trail which passes Highway 50 through town, the Indian Wars, and settlement of the area. There is also information about farming and cattle raising then and now along with a nod...

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Jun 21, 2012 - Day 40 Travel Day

Today we drove away from the smoky air of Colorado into the flat prairies of Kansas. In the 5 hours we left the rolling hills at the foot of the Rockies' arid, desert-like climate with sparse prairie grasses and low cactuses. We passed the prairie ranches with cattle and horses grazing and no cultivation by the road. Then we came to areas that are balanced between irrigated fields and cattle grazing. Finally, as we got close to Dodge City there were large feed lots with thousands of cattle. The land became greener and more irrigated. Note:...

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Jun 17, 2012 - Fathers Day

Happy Fathers Day. We had planned to ride the cog railway to the top of Pike's peak today. We knew it was going to be in the ninety's and thought how great to be above the heat. People reserve tickets days in advance. The train runs every hour and a half from eight to four give or take. Not sure how many it seats but there are always more takers than seats. So we reserved seats on Tuesday, And took a drive into the mountains to escape the heat. Somehow how the sun seem hotter here. I think because there's no shelter. Found a little town...

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Jun 15, 2012 - Garden of the Gods

Went to the Garden of the Gods this morning. An area of beautiful red sandstone rock formations. We were going to do a Segway ride in the garden, but one of us ran into a parked van on his/her Segway. Later we toured the park by car on our own. It rain just long enough to get the ground wet this afternoon. This is the first time we have seen rain since May 22nd.

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Jun 14, 2012 - Pikes peak

Arrived in Colorado Springs. We knew that the Air Force Academy was here, but did not know there is a huge army base (Fort Carson)and an air force base. There must be tens of thousands of troops. We are camped at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Its impressive the way states west of the Mississippi River have such nice state parks. Most have full or at least water and electric. And the best part state parks are about half the price as private RV parks. Betsy liked it when we found "Motor City Rd" It has a dealership for every brand car even...

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Jun 11, 2012 - Desert camping

Sorry for the lapses in our entries. In this part of Colorado wi-fi is hard to find. So we have to communicate when and where we can. We went to a geothermal pool for the wi-fi and lunch. Everything is so far away. Looking across the desert seems only a few miles, but every place we have gone id twenty miles or more. All the roads in the desert are arrow straight. I guess there are no reasons for curves. In winter they don't plow desert roads during the night time hours (7pm - 6am). I think that means keep your butt home at night. This...

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Jun 9, 2012 - Cold nights

Once the sun goes down at night it gets cold. I mean really cold. Today was in the eighties and by morning it was forty. Today we went to see the Great San Dune. It is the highest dune in North America and cover thirty-five square miles.In order to beat the daytime heat we were there by 8am. The dunes are visible from our camp site. Still its at least twenty miles across the desert. The ranger told us the dunes are very stable and are over 750 high. If you're brave (like the kids) you can slide down from the top on plastic sleds. Later...

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Jun 5, 2012 - Boot Hill

We did the tourist thing and saw all the sights in Dodge. Went to the Boot Hill Museum and House of Stone. Dodge was really wild form 1872 to 1878 with that whole Wyatt Earp gunslinger stuff. Most people in this part of the state live in the towns. Ford county(Dodge) has about 30k people and 23k live in Dodge In the afternoon we took a ride to Cimarron.There are ruts still in the fields from the wagon train on the Santa Fe trail days. Off for Colorado in the morning.

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Jun 4, 2012 - off the interstate

We made a decision to get off the interstate. We have four axles and tolls are excessive and its boring. About twenty miles west of Emporia we stopped at the Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve. It was very windy (our guide told us it blows most of the time). Local history has it that the settlers went crazy because of the wind. Its spring so the grass was less than its mature four to eight feet. The wild prairie flowers are beautiful and damn few trees. Betsy think of the trees as large shrubs, its too windy for them to get really...

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Dec 21, 2011 - Not in Kansas Anymore

I never considered myself a procrastinator, but perhaps I am. It's been 10 days since my last blog. (sigh) Bethany and I spent 3 1/2 days driving to Junction City, Kansas. We traveled about 600 miles per day. It went quite well and the cats did a WONDERFUL job! The vet gave her a spray that, when applied to the hatchback area where they were sequestered, gave a calming effect of being in a familiar place. It worked like a charm. Joshua arrived a couple hours before we did and the happy newlyweds were reunited. Too bad mom was there!...

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