Heading for the Rockies
Trip Start Jul 31, 2007
16Trip End Aug 31, 2007
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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
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
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.