Road-trip notes

For about half a second, I considered labeling this little three-day excursion “World Tour ’12,” but that doesn’t work: too little of the world was actually seen, and the total was a modest 740 miles. Still, a few things come to mind other than the actual purpose of the trip:

  • One of my ex’s besties is sorta hawt. (And definitely taken, but c’est la vie.)
  • Kansas is often mocked for the post-Mad Max terrain beyond the city limits. I demur. There’s a lot to be said for not having fifty gazillion things to look at besides the road.
  • And that goes double for the Flint Hills, which for some reason create the impression that ancient ruminants graze there yet.
  • Even when El Dorado Lake is full, which it isn’t due to the drought, you can still see the lines of trees, growing from the very bottom of the lake. On a sunshiny day like today, it acquires a sort of creepy vibe.
  • I have no idea what the post-ceremony banquet (four courses!) at Cafe Verona might have cost, but it can’t be cheap. It certainly didn’t taste cheap.
  • Never look at a tire when it’s 20 degrees outside.

For those who care: 26.7 mpg, $12 in tolls, 68 emails (49 dismissable). And given the mood of the moment, I felt justified in punctuating the trip home with a stop at Mickey D’s to procure a McRib. For a limited time only, as they say.


  1. Nicole »

    13 December 2012 · 8:00 pm

    The hub likes taking photography outings to Flint Hills. Wonder if he knows about El Dorado lake… He’s definitely doing his fair share on McRib consumption. :)

  2. Kirk »

    14 December 2012 · 8:18 am

    I’m with you, Chaz. Kansas, especially the eastern part, definitely has its charms.

  3. McGehee »

    14 December 2012 · 8:30 am

    I’ve definitely seen more of western Kansas than eastern, and much of the latter that I visited was hidden behind trees, or seemed so (especially compared to western Kansas).

  4. Don »

    14 December 2012 · 9:35 am

    El Dorado Lake is best appreciated early on a foggy morning. “Creepy” is a mild word for it.

  5. CGHill »

    14 December 2012 · 12:12 pm

    I can certainly believe that.

  6. fillyjonk »

    14 December 2012 · 4:45 pm

    Well, if you consider a bison an “ancient” ruminant, you’d be right. (IIRC, the Konza Prairie is in the Flint Hills.)

    The Konza prairie is interesting for a number of reasons, one of them being that if you can get out onto the backside of it, away from stuff, you begin to feel what some of the early settlers faced. (And maybe why some of them, like the ones in “Giants in the Earth,” wound up going nuts)

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