Travel Blogs from Abilene
Cities- Dodge city, Wichita
Year of statehood-1861
Motto-To the stars through difficulties – ad astra per
Flower- Native Sunflower
5 other facts-24 state parks, state tree is the cottonwood,
state animal is the buffalo, state reptial is the ornate box turtle, famous for
... is like the others visited so far. All are dedicated to researchers and authors of the like. The one thing I found interesting was Ike's relationship with General Walter Bedell Smith, was Ike's chief of staff while planning the invasion. He was a master organizer and staff administrator. After the war, he continued advancement in the Truman administration, rising to be the Director of Central Intelligence. Once the prospect of Ike becoming ...
... flat lands like the western half.
Also, did you know that there really is a 'Dorothy's House,' complete with a yellow brick road and all of the characters??? There is! It's in Liberal, Kansas, in the south western corner, just above Oklahoma. (Junctions 83 and 54 if you are interested) We didn't take that route, but you can!
... Also part of my route 'planning' was the knowledge that extreme weather was forecast for an exaggerated hourglass shape with its bottom lobe across southern Kansas and its top lobe across southern Nebraska. There was a thin line across northern Kansas that was 'safe' and that was what I was headed for. I drove on many a wet highway, and at one point about
a 10 minute stretch with mounds of hail on the shoulders........timing is everything!!
... rolling it was clear that our spare was wobbling dangerously. We made it safely at 40 mph on the interstate with a speed limit of 70. Found a service station with air, but it was closed.
Good fortune struck again when we called an "in case of emergency" number for Steve. I called and as it turns out, Steve not only said he would come so we could get air, but he also sold tires. The only problem was ...