I'm Feeling Mellow - Some More Observations
Trip Start Jun 01, 2009
48Trip End Oct 16, 2009
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The town is usually associated with a local grain elevator and sits near the rail line. The towns will usually have a school, a hardware store, a machinery dealer, a bank, a newspaper, and if they are lucky, an assortment of medical and professional offices. The land registry office seems to be a big part of many communities. Some will have local museums that guard the culture and history of the town and county. Of course they all have a local diner where the locals gather for coffee, just like in the movies
As you move away from town, you first pass a few farms with a home and outbuildings to service the machinery of the operation. There may be some grain bins and other sheds. A little further out you may see a grouping of trees with a lone silo standing sentinel over a former homestead, all buildings having disappeared. If you are lucky you may spot the remains of an old house, barn or even a church or a school house.
Then you find yourself noting that trees are becoming fewer and fewer and at times you can look in all directions and see nothing but wheat fields. As I mentioned earlier, some fields may hold this years crop, others have been fallow and are awaiting September planting for next years crop. The land is more rolling in Colorado than in the part of Kansas and Oklahoma that we have seen, but you can still see for miles. You can watch a storm build and dissipate before the weather front even comes close to you.
Antelope are beautiful animals that are often seen grazing in small herds. Prairie dogs abound. Rattlesnakes are common. Our campground has some very friendly rabbits!