Allen and I enjoy adventuring together! Our granddaughter in Arkansas was having a swim meet so we decided to go. As long as we were headed there, we might as well make it an adventure and go on a few roads that we'd never traveled before.
Look at this photo that was posted on Facebook yesterday!
The Flinthills from the sky.
I was commenting to Al about how green everything was for Kansas in July.
We've had quite a bit of rain this year.
Watch out, Mr. Armadillo!
(he did make it safely across the road, we observed in the rear view mirror)
We decided to drive around Eureka.
A tornado ripped through town a couple of weeks ago.
I love this house! It reminds me of a Frank Lloyd Wright. It is a Mission/Spanish colonial revival house built in 1923 and is on the national register of historical places (I looked it up). I used to want to be an architect once upon a time. I would love to tour this home! So glad it wasn't hit by the tornado (at least that I could see).
So here was our first road that we took that we'd never been on before.
Highway 43 (far right circled and highlighted) in Missouri.
We'd been down 71/49, just a few miles to the east.
We figured with that 4 lane road so closeby, this road would be a simple Kansas country road. But it was actually a nicely paved road with wide shoulders and even 65 mph! And not much traffic. Probably most people headed south would take the other highway.
We did have to slow down a couple of times while going through these litty bitty towns (population around 100), but you went through them so fast, it was of no significance. No stopping.
We got to the kids' house and Eli was ready to battle Darth Papa!
Then it was on to Emeri's swim meet.
This puppy was on a shelf by our table. I told Eli that when I was 7, I wanted this puppy for Christmas. But Santa didn't deliver. I was so sad about that.
It was very wind-y and curvy. But I'd always wanted to try that route back instead of going through Jane, just to see what it was like. It went through Pineville. A church in Pineville donated some money to our daughter Jill's mission trip to Japan when she was in highschool and I just wanted to see that generous place.
When we got to Kansas, we took 2 more new roads. We took 47 west, just north of Pittsburg, KS to Fredonia (it ends up at the round-about that intersects with 400)
Elk on the roof
The legend of Greenbush
We have never been through Altoona before ~ population approximately 400
There are several natural mounds around Altoona and Fredonia. I wonder what caused these?
Earlier we passed by a bull in a pond that made me laugh so hard but it was an inopportune time to turn around to get the photoshot. It looked just like Ferdinand the bull taking a bath!
I kept looking for more bulls in ponds, but couldn't find another one.
It was our 41st anniversary. Maybe it wasn't at a fancy restaurant, or flowers,
but going on an adventure with my husband is just the thing for me!!
Happy anniversary, honey!