forty-8 WONDERouS hours in KANSAS: Part Two

As I sit here on my couch this evening, I look back at the past two days and the wonderful weather that we had for our trip across Kansas. The next few days will be the complete opposite. However, at 6:30 this morning when Ashley and I headed west out of Hays this morning, it was in the teens.

Wonder #6 – Monument Rocks and Castle Rock, Gove County

We just went to Castle Rock and the area around it. It was very cold as we were there this morning. This is a definite natural wonder. It is such a site to see. It is in the middle of a pasture. I will definately go back out there on a nice warm day and spend a lot more time out there!

After spending about an hour in the middle of a pasture, we made our way back east into the clearing skies. We stopped for a short while at St. Fidelis Catholic Church again to Skype in with Sara Ritchie and her family in South Carolina. The video will be coming soon of this exchange.

Wonder #7 – Cheyenne Bottoms/Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Barton & Stafford Counties

Ashley and I only went to Cheyenne Bottoms today. With the distance that we had to travel today, we didn’t have time to go to both. However, I encourage everyone to go and enjoy both of these locations. The best time to go would be in the spring or autumn as the birds are migrating. We saw a few birds today, but the best time to go is when flocks are flying either north or south.

When I was in 7th grade in McPherson, we went to Cheyenne Bottoms for Science class after learning the birds of Kansas. We had the chance to go out and search for the birds that we had learned. Thank you to Mr. Don Fast for teaching me about our state’s birds.

After trying to Skype with Sara and family again, we were off to the northeast.

Wonder #8 – Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum, Abilene

What a wonderful place to end our journey! At the library they had an exhibit of the 8 Wonders of Kansas. This library is also a wonderful place to pay tribute to one of the greatest presidents that the United States of America has had. We thank Ike for the interstate system that we have today to help us travel all across this great land.

Below is the video of Ashley showing you where we went on our 729 mile trip that began and ended in Emporia, KS. I hope that this gives you an idea of what we have here in Kansas. The state can be boring at times, but I hope that you can find some excitement in these great places to visit.

For more information on Kansas and the 8 Wonders, please visit:

Kansas Sampler Foundation

Kansas Travel, Tourism, and Restaurants

About Anthony Purcell

I am Anthony Purcell and I am currently teaching math in Oklahoma.
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1 Response to forty-8 WONDERouS hours in KANSAS: Part Two

  1. Caylie says:

    As I said before not only would this be fun but using this could encourage others to do this as well. Using this to teach kids and adults about the wonders of their state, not only them learning, but other people around the world seeing as it’s on the web. Using this could also benefit those unable to participate in field trips because of work laziness or unable to go.

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