Life on the road…..
I spent the last 4 days with no Internet and no sewer hookup…..You decide which one I missed the most…
I would like to start by thanking my beautiful daughter Kim Zeigler for cooking the roast for dinner Saturday night. It was the best meal I have had since the trip began. I also want to thank my grandson Cody Zeigler for the chocolate cake….Although a little bigger piece to take home would have been nice…LOL….I know, you want to keep it all for yourself. Caitlin Charlette, My oldest granddaughter, will be a senior in high school this year and she looks just like her dad Jason Zeigler….who by the way stopped me on my way into town with lights flashing….He’s a Kansas State Trooper and retired (20 years) marine. It was one of the best highlights of the trip so far and Jason is one of the most dedicated people I have ever met. I missed you all very much and I plan on a return visit soon…
So….Back to my tour of Dodge City. I mentioned in a previous post what a great time I had at the cattle auction, but I also visited the replica of the Dodge City set that was featured in the 1960’s TV series Gunsmoke, including the museum and Boot Hill Cemetery. I even watched an episode on an old 1960’s model TV in black and white. Talk about a trip down memory lane…. All in all…..and in spite of the smell…Dodge City was just what I expected and I loved being there.
From there I went to Lake Scott State Park and spent 4 days in natural bliss. The campsite was awesome, the kayaking was awesome, the hiking was awesome and the biking was…..very hard. Glad I bought that new bike for my birthday. The park was overpriced considering it did not have sewer hookups or Internet but the outdoor activities more than made up for it. Of course with no sewer hookup it got a little ripe in the camper as the holding tank began to fill up, so outside was the place to be. Good thing I stock scented candles. The interesting landmark there is called Battle Canyon. It is the spot where the last Indian battle took place in Kansas. I went there early one morning and sat as the sun came up, imagining what it must have been like to engage in a battle within the canyon walls. You can watch every movie ever made relating to soldiers and Indians, but when you’re there…..it’s real and has a whole new meaning…..needless to say, it touched me. For my last night there, it was Sunday and I was the only camper in my section of the lake. It was really dark with no artificial lighting and I was given a breathtaking show when hundreds (maybe even thousands) of fireflies appeared. Man, you gotta LOVE this camping gig!!!!
I am now in Colorado and by Wednesday I will be in Colorado Springs camped at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, where I plan to spend an entire week exploring and touring the area…..Goin’ lookin’ for some waterfalls…..
The Adventure Continues…..