Kansas: Why I Hate It and Love It

Sometimes when I drive from Denver to Kansas City, I wonder if I will be doing this drive when I’m eighty. The high, flat plains of eastern Colorado and western Kansas tend to bring out the...

Roadside Birding

I traveled a lot in May, which gave me the opportunity to take pictures of new places. I took this picture of an American bittern from the road in Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in central Kansas...

Mabel’s: New Café in Colby, Kansas

I must do one more Kansas post before I’m done with the state for now. I must. I know you’re thinking, Beth, get over your obsession with this incredibly flat, dull state. So here’s...

How to Find Barbie Dolls in Kansas

Last week it was Nicodemus; this week it’s Colby, Kansas, right where Highway 24 runs into I-70. I went there for one reason: The Prairie Museum of Art and History, which I’d last visited...

“I Just Blown Here” to Nicodemus, Kansas

Driving back from Kansas City to Denver at the end of September, I decided to go north to Highway 24, avoiding the tedium of driving I-70 four times in one month. Happily, Highway 24 lacks political...

Some Forms of Life Are Protected

I was driving through Kansas last Tuesday night, wondering how I could avoid the anti-abortion signs “gracing” I-70, most of them between Hays and Russell. I decided to drive south from Hays on...

Museums to Mousse in Hays, KS

My day of museums in Hays began in a leisurely fashion, with the continental breakfast at the Day’s Inn. I took my time heading to downtown Hays and arrived just in time for lunch, which I had at...

Do You Like Ike?

I visited Abilene to go to the Eisenhower Museum and Presidential Library. When I think of Dwight David Eisenhower, I think first of termination and relocation, the Indian policy that was designed to...

Kansas Photos: Salina

On Tuesday, the last day of my drive across Kansas, I spent several hours in Salina, 3 to 4 hours west of Kansas City. I found the sunflower motif there, as one might expect in a state with that...

Kansas Photos: Stone Gallery

The wet drive across Kansas took me three days. While I was slip-sliding down I-70, I found this lovely place in Hays, Kansas. It’s part of the Ellis County Historical Museum, which...