Kanopolis State Park
The shackle had broken turned around. We have had several friends have this same exact problem in the past few months alone. Very frustrating
They didn't even need to take it off the truck. We used out auto levelers to bring the tire up just enough for them to work on it. They put some fabric over the tire and welded it right there. They made a much stronger weld and suggested we strengthen the other side when we get home. They only charged us $90! We couldn't thank them enough. They were wonderful! If you need a welder in the area, look them up! I gave them a great Yelp and facebook write up. Least I could do.
I kept a close eye on my weather app and watched the storm progress. We should just make it.
Me, Steve, Barb & Edie. Tight quarters.
They were locals and didn't seem to worry too much as we were in a safe spot. I asked if they minded if I brought our Pit Bull, Hurley inside. The said of course not. So Hurley joined us. Now there are 4 wet adults and a wet dog inside this small outhouse. It's hot and humid and the rain, hail, lightning and howling seemed to upset Hurley and he promptly threw up. Nice. Nothing is better than being in such tight quarters when your totally wet and it's already hot and humid in there with no moving air. I quickly cleaned it up and flushed it down. We all had a good laugh. They were used to this weather so they brought chairs. I stood and Steve sat on the "throne". This lasted for about a half hour. Another gentleman joined us but left as the winds slowed down.
The blue dot is us just as the worst of the storm was crossing over.
We waited about 10 minutes and then it got really still outside. The winds, lightning, hail, everything, just stopped. Edie and Barb left so we drove back to the trailer. No damage to anything that we could see. We were so happy that the trailer was totally fine. Steve fried up some quick burgers as we were starved now. Just as we finished eating the rain and winds kicked right back up! It didn't look as bad on the weather app and no alerts or sirens so we just brought the slides back in and waited it out. Luckily Hurley seemed more comfortable in the trailer and there was no barfing repeat.
This was round two. Scary stuff! Once it all died down we turned the TV on and they broke through to show the tornado that touched down by us about 10 miles away!
We sat up on a little knoll with a great view of the lake below.Mushroom Rock State Park and the other was to hunt some special crystals unique to this area.
It's a very small state park with unusual boulders out in the middle of no-where.
Looked like a giant dinosaur egg.
The giant shoe rock.
Kansas City/Santa Fe Stage and Mail Line began to travel from Kansas City to Denver in 1866. The town name means "mutton" in Portuguese. There were huge sheep ranches. Now the few residents here mostly raise cattle and wheat.
This was a fun cache. It was hidden in an old oil filter under an old lawnmower.
The old school which closed in the 1960s.
We just enjoyed driving around the country on the backroads avoiding the few muddy areas. Nothing around here for a long ways. We sure didn't want to get stuck in the mud. Been there, done that.
Searching for the crystals took some time and a bit of hiking down muddy slopes and walking over a huge bay of floating logs to get to some bluffs where after much searching, I found the spot!
Gypsum crystals (selenite) up to 7 inches long are found at this special part of the lake. It's a look only, no taking thing. After heavy rains the crystals become visible right on top of the black soil. They also sparkle when the sun hits them just right.
Another heart spotted at the base of a tree trunk. And the first crystal I found.
Once I found the right spot, they were everywhere.
This one was huge and my favorite. I liked the diamond shape.
|New caching friends: CatsnKansas, KansasIris and Nancy Owl.|
Next we drove to where the Roses are known to be. Another hike down the hillside to the waters edge. We looked and looked, then Steve spotted them. They are like hardened rust colored clumps of sand that resemble roses.
Sand Barite Roses form in clusters at another spot along the lake. They continually form and you are allowed to collect them. We just left them there for others to enjoy though.
The cliffs get their red color from iron in the soil and can be found on this part of the lake.
There are other things to see in the area like caves, Petroglyphs and a Salt Mine. A little further away, there is Monument Rocks, but as usual, they will have to wait for another trip.
We enjoyed our last sunset before driving to the western side of Kansas.
A fisherman reeling in his last catch of the day below us.
We got an early start and passed yet more farms and sorghum fields.
This was pretty much our view all the way across Kansas and Nebraska.
Yellow Sorghum above, red below.
At 4,039 feet above sea level, Mount Sunflower is the highest point in Kansas. It is located at the far west side of Kansas on the Harold Family Ranch in Wallace County. We really appreciate the people that keep their private property not only accessible to us, but really make it a special place. This is another one of those special spots.
Just a final drive over the cattle guard and there it is at the end.
The cows didn't mind us being there one bit. They probably were happy for the company.
The owners made lots of signs out of wrought iron and had plenty of information on the area.
The High Point mailbox with the log to sign. Where do we find all the information on these high points? At SummitPost.org
This high point sits on the private property of the Harold's which was homesteaded in 1906.
Good bye Kansas. Tomorrow we'll arrive back in Nebraska for their high point which borders Wyoming and some other fun things.