Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Day 1, Hays KS
Here we are at a Comfort Inn in Hays KS. We bypassed KC by going through Ottawa & Council Grove, before picking up I-70 at Salina. Lots of empty roads thru the Flint Hills and beyond. Saw oil wells & wind farms. Had a burger for lunch at Country Cafe in Gypsum KS. Gas prices were around $2.40 (unless you were right on the interstate).
Hays is slightly bigger than Warrensburg, but seems to be much larger - guess it relates to their being a regional commercial center. It's about 2000 ft altitude, so we'll be going up a lot more tomorrow. At Hays, we drove thru downtown, visited the Historical Society museum, and Ft. Hays State Hist. Site. The latter was a large fort but only a few buildings left; it's where Custer left from for the Washita. The high point was the Steinberg Museum - dinosaurs! Gotta see it! Even an animatronic T-rex with a kindly expression behind those ferocious teeth.
Dinner was a Mexican restaurant next door to the hotel - El Dos de Oros. Good food & way too much.
Tomorrow: Fick Museum in Oakley KS (more fossils), carousel in Burlington CO, and lots of backroad driving to Loveland.