Catfish, Cider and Castaways. Yes, we are in Kansas!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Catfish at Cabela’s Outdoor Store, Kansas City, KS
I can’t say enough good things about visiting Kansas. Here are some snaps of what I did while visiting the heartland.
Cabela’s Outdoor Store is mind boggling. So much taxidermy! So much gear for camping and hunting!
The Flint Hills are a seemingly endless expanse of waving prairie grass. Very calming.
Loved the Symphony in the Flint Hills with Lyle Lovett!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
This cider mill produces cider and soda that is shipped all over the US. If you go, you have to try the cider donuts. Yum.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALouisburgCiderDonut
I watched the movie The Big Red One before I went to Kansas. Fort Riley is 100,000 acres and many of the big military names — Custer, Patton — have history there. Fascinating.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Me and the Keeper of the Plains in Wichita.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Toronto Scottish at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, KS. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Museum of World Treasures in Wichita grew from one man’s personal collection. Shrunken heads, dinosaurs, you name it they have it.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Old Cowtown in Wichita is filled with authentic homes, shops and offices from the 1800s.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
One of the craziest hotels I have ever stayed at! The Chateau Avalon, beside Kansas Speedway (yes, NASCAR) in Kansas City, has 61 guest rooms, each with a different theme. Mine was Castaway and the bed was in a loft shaped like a ship. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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