Blogging Through the Alphabet, Family Travel

K is for Kansas {Blogging Through the Alphabet}

Have you ever been to Kansas? Or perhaps a better question is have you ever driven west to east or east to west across Kansas on a really hot August day on a family vacation? If you answered yes then you will identify with what I am about to say – the State of Kansas never ends! Or that’s what it felt like as we drove from visiting friends in Denver, Colorado on our way to Florida.

And we weren’t even driving across the entire state on that trip. We were only going as far as Salinas and heading south toward Oklahoma City (our eldest daughter asked if we could make a stop at the Oklahoma National Memorial to the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing – there were many tears shed during that visit but that’s for another post).

There was one positive about this stretch of road though, our girls were collecting the little Smurf figurines from McDonald’s that summer and were able to complete this as we traveled through Kansas (and stopped at every Micky D’s along the way!)

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Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of places I like to visit in Kansas, especially as a homeschooler who travels. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum was a terrific place to learn about World War II and the role this president played in it. We also visited the Brown vs Board of Education National Historic Site where we learned about the fight for civil rights and desegregation of schools.

On another visit we stopped in at Lindsborg, branded as Little Sweden USA this little city is the home of a herd of Wild Dala Horses (don’t worry, you can see from the picture below they are friendly!)

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These traditionally shaped Dalas are each painted wildly and represent Swedish-Americana and the history of Lindsborg. There was a great little bakery on the main street that had delicious treats for sale as well.

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After touring around town we drove out to the nearby Coronado Heights Park, home to the Coronado Heights Castle. This castle was built in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as part of a picnic area.

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While the castle and parts of the picnic area are still there it feels more as though you are visiting a set of ruins than a rest area. That said, it is fascinating to see and the views are amazing.

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So there you have it, a little view of our visits to Kansas. And yes, even though it can involve long drives, we already have plans to visit again.

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