|Passing oncoming trucks is very exciting.|
|About the time we find green, we also find bugs.|
|After a late lunch we take a drive around the little lake.|
|Tessa is convinced that grass in our yard no longer exists.|
|Lovely to have a site near the water and no wind so we can enjoy being outside for a few hours.|
|The white bull is magnificent.|
|The herd includes a few brown bison. Also beautiful.|
|A white calf is very good medicine.|
|Tessa again questioning our destination choices.|
|Thanks to Bill for having me back up to capture this shot.|
Throughout the area are more interesting formations, both the white chalk and some golden cliffs. So unexpected here.
From the monument we head to nearby Little Jerusalem Badlands, the second smallest state park we've visited. 250 acres of niobrara chalk canyons. The lack of an open restroom shortens our visit, but from one of the two available trails we're able to appreciate the uniqueness of this natural beauty found below the plains.
Even though I've seen pics of the cool monuments, Kansas is still very different from my expectations. Especially after eastern Colorado. Before crossing into Kansas we saw a lot of trashy yards, homes in need of repair, unmaintained small towns. Here everything is neat, clean, well-maintained. Even abandoned homes and businesses aren't broken or surrounded by weeds.
|So many trucks travel two-lane Hwy 83 - visible across 6 miles of fields.|
|Neither side is crops, but are so different!|
Back home our quiet lunch turns into a cacophony of hail, thunder, lightening, and hard rain. The size of pellets, the hail sounds like it's coming through the roof and windows. Although still 75 degrees, the hail remains on the ground for over an hour.