Category Archives: Day Trips

Wamego 2

It was so much fun spending a couple days in Wamego, KS.  The weather was cool and being in a small town you weren’t too far from an adventure.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

The Oz Museum certainly exceeded my expectations!  Lots of props from the movie, life sized characters and even a theatre where you can watch the movie.  Dorothy’s ruby slippers were on display though they weren’t the “real” ones. There were so may artifacts that it would take a day to see it all, (and of course I didn’t have my glasses to be able to read)!   Admission was only $10.00.  Pet friendly, they will babysit your larger dog, but you are able to carry your small pup through the museum.

There are flying monkeys on the building!  I was terrified of those things.

Be sure to eat at Toto’s TacOz!   My choice was the Guaco Taco.  The best black beans!, lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole stuffed in a crispy shell and soft flour tortilla.  Making me hungry!  They also had Emerald City Street Tacos, and the Yellow Brick Burrito.

This mural was on the wall along the Yellow Brick Road.  I loved the saying!!

We’re ready for another road trip around Kansas, but this is one small town that we definitely will be returning to soon.

Wamego, KS

There are so many little towns in Kansas that are often overlooked as people hurry to get somewhere else.  When I bought my little RV, I had in mind to explore some of these towns.  Wylie and I had been going to the lakes and hiking, but they are getting busier and it’s getting too warm for this old lady and her pup to be out hiking.  Our first stop on our Travel Kansas Tour is…..

Wamego, named for a Potawatomi Native American chief, platted in 1866.

Kansas River at Wamego

Calvin’s RV Camping was a nice shady, quiet rv park.  The owners are so nice!  Our rv is the little black and grey one.  Just the perfect size to drive around and so comfortable for camping.  All the modern conveniences!  We can’t wait to go back!

Our first stop was the park to see the Dutch Mill.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Built in the 1870’s north of Wamego, it was used to grind grain until the late 1880’s.  Most of the mills in Kansas were powered by water, the Dutch Mill was powered by wind.  In 1924, the mill was dismantled.  Each stone was numbered and moved by horse-drawn wagons to the city park, where it was reassembled.  The mill is no longer powered by the wind, but has been converted to electricity.

The city park also houses the Wamego Museum and other historical buildings and a little train that runs on a track throughout the park.  In the spring of each year they host a tulip festival.  That would be a beautiful sight!

Toto in Wamego

Numerous places around town you will see artwork from Kansas artist featuring Toto, from the Wizard of Oz.  There are 15 Totos, we have more to photograph, but here is a start.  Thanks Wylie for being so patient with me and posing for so many photos!!

Maggie, the Service Dog by Rhonda Kesner

Patriotic Toto, by Jamie Lynn

Wamegoscape II, by Christina Klein

 

“Toto”lly Gingham, by Kellie Dillinger

The Lollipop Guild, by Jamie Lynn

Emerald City Toto, by Joyce Abernathy

We aren’t done with our tour of Wamego.  It will be about:

Lions and Tigers and Bears OH MY

 

Another Beautiful Winter Day

Wylie and I spent another winter day at the lake.  We went to Kanoplis, needing the exercise that the trails offered.

A well-traveled trail.  We were the only ones on the trail, when it’s nice you can expect to see horses and hikers.   

 

The trails were wonderful to walk, until someone got a sticker in his paw and even though I removed it, he didn’t want to walk on the trail, I had to pack him out.  Mention the word sticker and he will snarl at you!

Beautiful ice sculptures.

Someone built a really nice shelter.

This is our new little exploring vehicle.  After a long hike it’s nice to have a meal and a nap!!  Can’t wait to see all the adventures it will take us on.  Not much longer than a full-sized pickup easy to get around, but you have to watch for low hanging limbs and other objects.

Warm Winter Day

It was a beautiful winter day at the Kanoplis Lake.  I always like to go this time of the year to see the eagles in their nest.  This pair has been coming to this spot for years.  The park closes the trails around their nest.

Temperatures were in the 50’s today, but we’ve had some really cold weather with wind chills in the -10!  Parts of the lake are frozen over.

Wylie, the rock climber, we didn’t make it to the top!

Beautiful sky

So thankful for the nice winter day.  It’s going to change tomorrow and get cold again with only a slight chance of moisture.

 

Red Buds and Eagles

It was a cool overcast day, a trip to the lake sounded like a great way to pass the day. I was surprised how many others had the same idea! The campgrounds (that were open) were almost full. The adults were sitting around the campfires all bundled up in their winter coats. All the kids were running around play, riding bikes and not on their electronic devices. There were numerous Boy Scouts troops camping. The hiking trails were also busy. Wonderful to see so many out enjoying nature!!

The Redbud trees have been especially beautiful this year. They are native to this region of Kansas.

The eagles are back on their nest. They have used this nest for several years.

Perfect Day To Be On The Backroads

After being inside due to sub zero temperatures, it was so nice to see a day with no wind and in the 60’s. Perfect day to head to one of my favorite parts of Kansas. Post Rock country in Lincoln County, and parts of western Ottawa County.

Wide open spaces

Remains of a stone fence

Root cellar

Wylie and a big round rock.

Not A Normal Winter

It’s been a while since I posted and the format is completely different. Maybe that’s a good thing? We’ll see.

It hasn’t been our “normal” Kansas winter, (but what is normal anymore?). Mild temps and no moisture. It is wonderful being about to be outside without freezing your fingers and toes. We certainly have enjoyed being out and of course our long walks.

Our drive thru Maxwell Game Preserve. The bull elk were separated (by choice) from the cows. They were peacefully grazing.

On the west side of the preserve is the McPherson County State Lake. There are hiking trails, fishing, also 1 cabin that you can rent. There is some construction on to the west of the lake. It looks like a maybe camp ground is being built.

Fog And Smoke

We have been having a beautiful September!! The mornings are so cool and there has been a lot of fog. My favorite time of day are our early morning walks.

Sunrise through the fog.

Sunrise through the smoke from all the fires out West. It looks more like the moon! Thankful that we can’t smell the smoke. Prayers for all the firefighters and all in the those effected by the fires.

Signs of autumn. My favorite season!

Pan Fried Chicken Day!!

Mr. Farmer was needing to go to Buhler KS to take back some combine wheels. He asked if Wylie and I wanted to ride along. I said sure!! but we have to go on a Thursday. Why Thursday he asked, I told him that’s when Lavon’s serves “pan fried chicken”!! It seemed like a long wait til Thursday. Wylie and I had been there before on a Friday, when she serves Verenika, and many other items including BBQ. I couldn’t wait to go back for the “pan fried chicken”.

Welcome to Lavon’s Bakery and BBQ.

So many choices and all of it so good!!! (photo from previous trip, everyone today had masks on)

They have a patio that offers outdoor dining, surrounded by flowers and hummingbird feeders. Wylie didn’t want to bother the cat. We chose another table!

I meant to take a photo of my plate of pan fried chicken, real mashed potatoes and gravy (made with the drippings of the chicken), but it was too late. I had eaten it already! Oh and don’t forget to get a piece of pie!! My favorite – coconut cream!

You really must make a trip to Lavon’s Bakery and BBQ in Buhler. The owners are wonderful people and you will not find a better home cooked meal. Let me know when you are going – I could meet you there!!!

Here is a link to their website. https://lavonsbakeryandbbq.com

Be sure to visit them on Facebook

Hey Mr. Farmer, I will make a parts run to Buhler anytime (as long as it’s Thursday or Friday)!