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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
Hebron, Nebraska, is about 10 miles north of the Kansas border off US 81. Its claim to fame is that it has the world's largest porch swing which is located in one of the town parks. How cool is that!? You could hold a family reunion here and everyone could swing.
Hebron was one of the first stops for Bear and me on the first journey to the American Northwest in our new Lance ...
... to the sides of his bike. He was a shorter guy with dark hair and light eyes. He was younger than me but his face looked a little weathered from the sun yet still handsome. His name is Jake. He reminded me of home. We swapped travel stories, and it felt good to talk to someone on a similar journey. He told me that during this trip, he came upon a grizzly with two cubs. After going back and grabbing his GoPro, he crouched down and got way ...
- Took 3 and a half hours to get here.
- Parked and took a nice walk around part of the lake.
- Ate some beef jerky
- Watched the cranes hunt
- Saw them get fish and swallow them whole.
- after an hour we had had enough and decided to get back on the road.
Onwards and eastwards my next stop was Abilene, a small historic town with a number of claims to fame. Abilene was the terminus of the Chisholm Trail on which cattle were driven north from Texas to the railroad in Abilene in the late 1860s and early 1870s to be shipped to Chicago. An estimated 5 million head of cattle reached Abilene over several years, and the large number of cowboys at the end of the trail made Abilene one of the wildest towns in the West for a few years.