when we lived out here in Wichita in 2003-2006, we took a few road trips. i like road trips. now that the kids are bigger (and we have a dvd player for those really long stretches), i am looking forward to more of these trips.. in fact, i have a whole bunch of little road trips I want to take this year .. but i will tell about that later..
this being Spring Break for Cooper, I wanted to go someplace he thought was cool.. so on Wednesday morning, we woke up and headed West – to Dodge City. A little over two hours in the car with not much to see but occasional oil pumpers and gorgeous open fields – Cooper would often erupt with “LOOK A FARM!!!” or ” wow, a TUMBLEWEED!!!”… it just made Emily and Abby giggle! We made it to Dodge City and the Boot Hill museum not stopping too much on the way there.
okay, it’s not exactly at wyatt earp and 7th, but like a block away.. we had to stop and adjust seat belts and i noticed the street sign..
here the kids are belly up to the bar in the Saloon.. they ordered Sarsaparilla (yep, tastes like root beer).. and i just poured.. they loved..
emily’s *thumbs up*.. she LOVED it.. yes, it’s in a Bud cup, but it is pop (soda for my southern buddies .. lol)
Cooper also got some bottle tops to add to his growing collection!! ultra cool.
on the way back, we stopped at this town I noticed driving in – it looked really new, and shiny… Greensburg, KS…. when we stopped for snacks, i realized it was a town I’d seen on the news – after being hit by a horrible tornado and destroyed in 2007.. click here to see the images from when the tornado hit. We played at the park that the CBS morning show donated.. and drove around absolutely in awe of the force that must have leveled the town – i was too lost in that to even think of getting my camera out.. but i want to – i want to go back with tom driving so i can see it again. the new buildings next to vacant lots with bits of rubble.. They do also have the BIG WELL.. but i didn’t get a chance to find it either.. it was a very WINDY day
then, back on the road and Cooper asked me to get some pictures of the Oil Pumpers since his camera’s battery was dead.. so i did.. they are really pretty neat to see..
i must have looked crazy – jumping out of the van, the wind slamming the door – running out to the side of the road, snapping a picture, jumping back in…
earlier in the day on the way to Dodge, I’d also spotted a bunch of random metal sculptures on the side of the road.. I wanted to stop and take pictures – so i did (emily was sleeping and i still stopped.. ) here is more on it.. i only jumped out to snap a couple, you get the idea.. whether you agree with his opinions or not, they are really cool to see..
there you have it.. our first road trip..
tumbleweed count :: 8