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Clarryhill

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Posted: 10/22/18 08:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice pics, Goin! Beautiful time of year for traveling. Appreciate you taking us along.


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Jimh425 - The DH has been up to Rocky Top. He and I need to make it out to MT. I clipped the corner, staying in the Red Lodge area one time, but there's a lot more of MT to see!

d3500ram - Yeah, you should have seen the smile that on my face when the boss told me he was sending me to CO for training [emoticon]

Sango - Maybe next time you can bring my camper's younger sister along [emoticon]

sharkman - You're welcome and thank you for your comment as it helps give me the push I need to work on the next part.

cewillis - Yep, truck camper travel beats any other way!

coolmom42 - Weather can certainly influence how one remembers a place. I was lucky to have good weather on this trip.

Texas Shadow - You're welcome. See in your sig you have a lot of solar on your roof so you must travel the remote roads too!

Ramp Digger - Yes, I like the mountainous areas but the plains also have their own beautiful and interesting places to visit.

bigfootgrey - Thank you for your comment. Hope y'all are getting in some fall camping ... or is it already winter up that way [emoticon]

Clarryhill - You sneaked your comment in while I was typing the above responses! My next catch-up trip report will be a trip we took up to your state. I wanna go back!


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Enjoyed part one looking forward to part 2. Sure miss our Truck Camper. But health issues made it hard getting up into the bed.
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Posted: 10/24/18 06:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Got some sweet color going on lately. Nice time for a trip [emoticon]

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Continued from Page 1 ...

DAY 13
Our site on Council Grove Lake afforded us a great view of the rising sun. Waterfowl that had spent the night on the lake took wing with noisy calls to each other. As the sun rose it set ablaze the already brilliant color of the fall maple leaves.

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We drove the short distance over to the city of Council Grove, KS. I’d read about this town in a book on the Santa Fe Trail and was eager to see it.

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I’d also read about the Hays House Restaurant, the oldest continuously operating restaurant west of the Mississippi River, which sounded like a good place to eat breakfast. The building was nice outside and inside and the service and food very good. It was amazing to think we were dining in an establishment where more than 150 years ago travelers on the Santa Fe had eaten.

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On the wall of the restaurant was a map of the Santa Fe Trail and what appeared to be an ox having his feet cared for by a drover. Judging by the stocks and slings holding the ox in place, this wasn’t an easy job.

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After eating, we walked down Main Street and admired the many historic buildings including the Farmers and Drovers Bank with its intricate architecture.

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The Morris County State Bank, built in 1887, also has many old, ornate features.

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The Aldrich Apothecary with its soda fountain was enticing but we were still full from breakfast.

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A block off Main Street we saw the Cottage House Hotel & Motel which started in 1867 as a 3-room hotel and blacksmith shop, was enlarged in 1871 to serve as a boarding house, and then was enlarged again in 1879 to serve as a hotel. This would be a nice place to stay if we didn’t have our camper with us.

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Across the Neosho River was a bronze statue of a Kanza warrior. It was interesting to learn the state’s name came from the name of this tribe.

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On our way out of town we stopped at the Kaw (AKA Kanza) Mission. This facility served as a home, church, and school for Kanza boys in the early 1950s. It was interesting to read that Kanza families used the stone cabins built for them to live in as stables instead. As with many native American tribes, what Kanza tribe members that remained were moved in 1873 to Oklahoma.

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Moving on, we traveled south through the Flint Hills to the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. After making some lunch, we set out on a trail that passed through a culvert under the road and continued out across a hay field.

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A typical prairie breeze was blowing the trees.

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We came to a river which fortunately was low so we were able to rock hop our way across.

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On the other side we entered an area cloaked with prairie grasses. Many different kinds of grasses.

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Off in the distance we could see the buildings at the Preserve’s headquarters.

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Along the trail we also saw a variety of blooming and seeding plants.

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Looping back to the river we passed through some woods where I spied deer (or antelope?) and turkey tracks.

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Having made a full circle and come back to the road, we looked back across the field, the wooded waterway, and the grassy hill we had just visited.

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Then we went into the Preserve’s visitor center which had a small number of informative displays. No, not in this barn but in a building nearby.

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One of the unique features of the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is its pasture where you can hike among a herd of bison. As described in the last plaque we’d read in the visitor center, however, the field had recently been burned off and the bison were being kept in a corral. So we set off to find them. The trail started at an old stone one-room schoolhouse.

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Then out across what looked like a charred wasteland.

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With the grasses burned off, the flinty rock after which the flint hills are named was exposed.

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Shoots of green showed the grasses would be back soon.

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Finally, off in the distance we could see the corral.

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Hey, where are the bison?

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Ahah, there they are! Some additions to the heard had recently been bought at auction as evidenced by the stickers on their backs.

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Don’t you wish you could do this? Or maybe not [emoticon]

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Back across the prairie to the camper we went and on down the road towards home.

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Day 14
Our last campsite was at Stockton State Park on Stockton Reservoir roughly 35 miles northeast of Carthage, Missouri. It was a nice, quiet stop, like all of my stops had been on this very enjoyable trip.

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Thanks for riding along with us!

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* This post was edited 10/27/18 09:29am by GoinThisAway *

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Posted: 10/27/18 08:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

And in turn...Thanks for bringing us along! Beautiful pics, just beautiful.

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Great pictures to finish off our tour. Thanks for sharing as usual. [emoticon] Hope to meet up with you soon.

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Posted: 10/27/18 10:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice report and great photos. I always enjoy reading your reports. Thanks for taking the time and effort to publish.


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Posted: 10/31/18 06:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Pete_k - Ah, but you're still a truck camper at heart or you wouldn't be checking in on the Truck Camper forum.

Clarryhill & Sango - You're welcome!

jmckelvy - And thank you for the encouragement [emoticon]

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