First, I want to say that I grew up in a Missouri family that did and still does poke fun at the state of Kansas any time the opportunity arises. I know a few of my readers are Kansans. I'd like to assure them that it's all just in fun and no harm is meant. Most of the time.
That said, I'm surprised that it looks like it might take three blog posts to tell about my trip across the state. Who knew there'd be so much to say? And most of it positive at that.
Let me also say that I'm not your typical vacation traveler. I would rather go off the beaten path and see something unusual than to hit all the typical vacation/sight-seeing spots or retail shopping districts. Give me an antique mall, flea market, or roadside oddity and I'm a happy traveler.
Combine those concepts, and this is what you might see:
- Supposedly, the largest flea market in Kansas. What a dud, though. It's comprised of individual vendors, about half of which weren't there and had their wares covered with sheets. I did see quite the collection of vintage bed linens, though. (SE Wichita)
- A seven or eight foot tall horse made from automobile bumpers. (Downtown Wichita)
- Hot and cold running water. (Pratt)
- A combination grain silo and bed & breakfast. (Greensburg)
- Folk-Art-On-A-Stick, and LOTS of it. (Mullinville)
- An A.B. Dick Mimeograph machine (circa 1903 to 1909) and a Bausch & Lomb Optical Projector (circa 1912), both sitting near a garbage can at a Santa Fe Trail historical marker. Also, what looks like a really huge camo bill cap to the left of the screen there. (Just west of Dodge City)
- Not an oddity, but a beautiful rarity. 1954 Chevrolet. (Garden City)
- A strange man in my hotel room. (Garden City)
More pictures and tales tomorrow. Hopefully a little more tastefully done.