We left OKC a few days ago (I say that because I can't remember what day...they don't have names right now) and drove to Dodge City, KS. Home of the 2nd largest meat processing plant in the world. Yeah! You're driving through the fields of KS (and by fields, I mean tons of fields. That is all there is.) and you come into this industrial town with corn silos the size of a 6 story building, railroad junctions and cows in pens. My eyes were going crazy trying to look at everything, since we hadn't seen anything for hours. Even cows were exciting! :) Laurie had us pointed towards a Walmart parking lot in town, so after a rough ride on a brick road, we pulled in. The parking lot had a huge field right next to it, so we could let the dogs run wild. They were so excited. We unhooked the 5th wheel and rode into town to check out all of the shopping and wild west things to do. Ha! It took us 5 minutes to see what there is to do. You can go take a tour of a scaled down version of Dodge City, where Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday and many more frequented. (Actually, I forgot to add, Dodge City was where the cattle market was and still is. Ranchers brought/bring their cattle into town to sell. After days on the trail, men would stop into town to sell their cattle, get a drink, entertainment and of course...women.) There wasn't any shopping...at least that Laurie and Jan wanted to do, so we had a nice dinner and went to bed.
Our next stop was Garden of the Gods State Park. You can drive around a loop and view all sorts of rock formations and hiking trails. We didn't hike any trails because of it being so cold. We took some great pictures.
We made reservations at a place called Flying W Ranch, for dinner. We heard that the food was great and the they have a band that plays after dinner. We drove up and there were turkeys in the parking lot. I thought they looked nice and plump, just right for cooking. It made my mouth start watering for some turkey and gravy. But, they didn't have them on the menu. We enjoyed some good food and after dinner, there was a 4 piece band that played. They played old songs like "Rawhide" and a song from Sons of the Desert. It was a well oiled machine, from the dinner line through the comedy acts that the bands puts on. It was worth checking out.
|He's outta here! I guess he saw my mouth watering.|
|They are outta here too!|
We are planning on driving up Pikes Peak today. I just called the update for the road and we can only go up 13 of the 19 miles because of snow. The highest we can go is 11,215 feet. The mtn is 14,115ft high. The winds are 12-14mph and the temp is 20 degrees today. Should be nice! ha! Beach weather! Oh well, we can't be picky. It is sunny today so I should be able to get some good pictures. So much for riding my bike down though. :) The consensus said that was a bad idea anyways. Apparently all of my Pikes Peak training I have been doing down in FL, won't do my any good. :) We are taking off now. I'll update as soon as I get another chance. Have a good Easter!