- October 1, 2021: We spent last night at the Best Western Airport
motel in Wichita.
day started with a leisurely drive southwest to Argonia, Kansas to take
some new exterior photos of the Salter
House Museum, which looks much nicer than when I first photographed
it in 2011. While we were in town, we checked on a waterfall, south of
town on the Chikaskia River, but the ground was soft and the trail leading
east from the Argonia RIver RV Park looked poor, starting with a collapsed
bridge near the park.
headed north and west back toward K-400, with brief stops for photos in
Danville and Harper.
our way into Kingman, Kansas for lunch, we made a pass by Glenn
Stark Park and were stunned to find all of the wonderful folk art statues
missing. During our wait for our food, we managed to learn that they have
been moved to storage, while the park landscaping is significantly changed.
The intend to replace the art in about 8 months.
was at Smitty's Carry Out, which is
on our list of Best Kansas Burgers.
It was been 6 years since I last dined there. I finally tried the hand
breaded pork tenderloin and house made potato chips. The house made chips
were quite good, but I wish they had a seasoning option. They do have dips,
which many customers have with their chips or fries.
pork tenderloin was fine, but nothing special. Linda had excellent onion
rings and a hickory bacon cheese burger. On our way our, we saw chocolate
chip cookies from Bighorn Bakery, which the young woman at the counter
said were baked by her twin. We got one to split later in the day. The
chocolate was my favorite, but the cookie itself was so good that I would
definitely get one again.
continued west to Pratt, Kansas where we toured the Vernon Valley Art Museum.
Most of the museum is taken up by two galleries of rotating exhibits. Presently
they both house an exhibition of the art of Virgil Penner. mostly bright,
colorful acrylic landscapes where many vertical lines swing to the left
as if wind blown.
are just a few pieces of other art on display, plus an attractive enclosed
patio and a nice gift shop. We purchased a children's book, but could have
easily selected some art by regional artists.
we were in Pratt, we revisited the little changed Pratt Education Center
with its Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks nature exhibits. North
of Pratt, we photographed the All Veterans Museum Complex at the airport.
We haven't managed to get by here on Sunday afternoons when the B-29 Museum
is open, but did photograph the memorial and nearby helicopter and fighter
detoured to drive through Greensburg, but saw nothing new worth stopping
and continued to Mullinville. We would be returning to town tomorrow for
the ribbon cutting for the new Visitors Center at the Kanza Art by M.T.
Liggett, but feared is would be raining and wanted to take some outside
photos. There was a team of volunteers preparing for the next day's event
and Ann Dixon (whose daughter Stacy Barnes we met at the Shoe Tree during
the Big Kansas Road Trip) let us inside for a few quick photos to post
to Facebook this evening.
our way into Dodge City, we stopped at the Coronado Cross which is believed
to be in the area where Father Juan de Padilla held a mass of thanksgiving
after Francisco Vasquez de Coronado crossed the Arkansas River in 1541.
There isn't much left of the roadside park these days, but there is a marker
about the people who contributed to the park and the cross on a hill.
had supper at Central Station Bar & Grill in Dodge City, an attractive
restaurant in an old train depot. Our dinning room was an old dinning car
and the rest rooms were in a former freight car.
had mountain oysters, ribeye and grilled pork chops, with sides of French
fries, green beans, corn, and potato tracks. We finished with Churros con
hand breaded calf fries were over cooked and tough, served with ketchup
rather than cocktail sauce. The less cooked ones were not too bad, but
they were not a treat. The pork chops had been marinated in a whiskey sauce,
a little different than usual, but good. The ribeye was heavily seasoned
with black pepper, I would have preferred garlic.
Potato Tracks were our most liked side dish. They were crisp potato skins
topped with mashed potato, cheddar cheese and bacon bits, then oven toasted.
Churros con Chocolate were only $3.99! Three deep fried double twisted
filled with Bavarian Creme, sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with
chocolate dipping sauce. The server asked if we wanted chocolate sauce,
caramel, or both. I'm glad I said both, as I didn't care for the chocolate,
but enjoyed the caramel a lot.
spent the night at the Confront Suites in Dodge City. We had a large comfortable
room. The price of the room seemed fairly high for a motel in western Kansas,
but was less expensive than the other well reviewed places in Dodge City.