Today was the official kick-off of summer vacation. Well, sort of! I’m still working half days while on the road, but that’s only because we are taking a 3 week road trip. We left Arkansas yesterday and have made our way through most of Kansas as of tonight. This was my first trek farther West than Wichita, KS. I had heard from friends that it was a flat, green, boring land. Yes, it was flat and green, but I didn’t find it too boring. There is beauty in every landscape, at least I think so, and the fields and vast sky of Kansas were quite lovely. We left Tulsa this morning and stopped to stock up on vegan food in Wichita (slim choices after that big city). After our Whole Foods stop, we drove an hour North and picnic lunched at Coronado Heights Park. It was a fun place to picnic. Super windy, a little eerie, but a fun spot to pit stop!
After lunch, I figured we’d head to stop number two via county roads and two-lane state highways. I see the interstate on every trip I make for work, so having the time to go off the beaten path sounded so much more fun and adventurous! What I didn’t take into account was the total lack of gas stations/bathroom stops en route. I might have seen one in three hours. On the bright side, because it was such a remote drive, I didn’t get stuck behind any slow trucks or tractors and we had sweeping Kansas wheat field views the entire 3.5 hour drive to the next stop. As we drove West, the sky continued to spread and was so beautiful that it made the drive go by pretty quickly.
Our next detour was to Monument Rocks. We drove miles of dirt roads through random ranch farms to these rocks. I didn’t know quite what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised upon our arrival. These rocks (I guess that’s what they are!) just sprang right out of the flat fields. They were really beautiful. Even though it was nearing 90 degrees outside, we walked round a bit, snapped a few photos, and looked at these in awe. What a cool place to see! I am glad we detoured to these two stops today.
So, now to get a good nights rest. Tomorrow’s agenda includes a run in Denver, yummy vegan food, and a stop over in Fort Collins before heading to Casper.