Heading for the Rockies

Trip Start Jul 31, 2007
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Trip End Aug 31, 2007


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Flag of United States  , Colorado
Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Miles so far: 2370
 
Tolls:
Kansas Turnpike: $2.15
 
Total gas: About $220
 
Number of places visited which condone animal cruelty: 1
 
In Kansas, there is a whole lot of flatness! Tons of just fields of wheat, sunflowers, oil rigs, churches, and cows.  Of course we had to drive through the Midwest during a massive heat wave.  The poor farm animals would crowd around little lakes or pools of water and go for a swim. It was quite cute.  We saw a sign that said "Denver - 560 miles." Apparently, we aren't the only ones who do this drive.
Along the highway, there were signs that looked like they were made in the 60's with pictures of steaks on it saying "Beef, it's what's for dinner."  Also I had to listen to a little country in the state of Kansas so I turned on the radio and chose one of 8 country stations. 
And a little known fact, Russel Kansas is the hometown of Bob Dole.  Amazing what you learn on the highway. 
The best part of our trip was Prairie Dog Town.  John was about to fall asleep for a nap and there was a sign for "the largest prairie dog in the world," 60 miles.  I was intrigued and told John we are going.  We get off at the exit and saw something that looked like a trailer behind a gas station.  The sign when we pulled in also said there were all sorts of animals, including rattlesnakes. 
So we walk in and there is this 80 year old woman who charged us $7.50 each and instructed us where all the stuff was.  Behind her was a sign stating "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone." First, to her right was a giant box of rattlesnakes (another little known fact, John hates snakes).  They were all resting so the woman started to hit a cardboard box on the top of the cage and they all went crazy and started rattling and hissing.   I posted a video of it. Next we walked outside and saw prairie dog holes everywhere and cages of multiple animals. Most of which I have pictures of.  There were coyotes, goats, a giant 15 pound rabbit (it was too hot, he wouldn't come out), raccoons, buffalo, bunch of quails and pheasants, a bobcat, and a lot more.  It turns out the largest prairie dog in the world was an 8,000 lbs statue but it was still a fun stop (even though it was false advertising).  We had to buy some souvenirs, I got a shot glass and John got a super ugly hat. 
John loved the highways in Kansas and eastern Colorado because the speed limit was 75mph. On the way to the Denver area, we drove through a thunderstorm.  My camera has a great feature where it takes pictures in succession.  750 photos later, I finally got a lightning bolt! It's pretty sweet! Afte the storm, there was 2 rainbows, but I could only catch one, the other was hard to see. 
When we got to Denver (technically Centennial), Ashley was super excited we were there and we went to dinner and drank. 
We are going to be here for a couple days and will update the blog.
Next stop will be Albuquerque New Mexico.
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