Kudzu Files In Jayhawk Land

Closed out the 4th of July last night in Memorial Park in Colorado Springs, listening to the Co SPrings Symphony playing “traditional” 4th music – Sousa marches, some Big Band classics (pretty good vocalist, although “New York New York” didn’t work for her), and of course the 1812 Overture. How a 125-year-old piece of classical music depicting an early 19th-century war between France and Russia became an American 4th of July classic is a bit beyond me, but I love the piece, so any reason is a good reason. And the fireworks were great, framed against the mountains.

Left Colorado Springs this morning, a little late due to several reasons, but we weren’t in a hurry anyway. Stopped at a small antique/junk shop somewhere along Highway 24 to buy some blue bottles for my bottle tree, then made our way east along I-70. Tonight we’re in bustling Wakeeney, KS, in a KOA campground with 65 cable channels and wireless internet. Like I said earlier, camping isn’t what it used to be, but connectivity is great. And I can post these exciting updates!!

Eastern Colorado seems to get described as a Big Nothing much of the time. Maybe I’m just a terrain-watching fool, but I enjoyed driving through the rolling high plains east of Denver. And for all the fun poked at Kansas for being flatter than a pancake, the enormous sky and distant horizons were interesting in their own right. I was surprised at the number of dairy farms in extreme western Kansas. And at the small amount of corn. Isn’t Kansas supposed to be covered with cornfields?

July 5, 2005 В· Harry В· One Comment
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  1. scott - July 6, 2005

    Amarillo is flatter than Kansas’ll ever be.