Toto, I think we’re back in Kansas!

2/20/18

Well, we are at the end of our first day on the road for this trip. We woke in Boulder to about 6 inches of snow and a temperature of 6 degrees!

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Any thoughts of reaching warmer climes today were quickly dispelled when we got through Eastern Colorado and entered Kansas with a temperature of about 9 degrees.

I had looked for interesting things to see in Western Kansas but had come up woefully short.  I did see the potential for an unusual item in Goodland so we headed there to check it out.

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Here is Goodland’s claim to fame.  It is an 80 foot tall easel with a reproduction of Van Gogh’s still life painted by a Canadian artist in 2001. Although it looks just chilly out with a dusting of snow, it was about about 10 degrees with a wind chill that seriously made my fingers stiffen into claw-like appendages in little more than a minute or two. Jack and Gizmo lasted about four minutes out there before running back to the warmth of the car.

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Billy’s Shootin’ Shop was right across from the huge easel but we were too cold to go in to check it out.

We drove down I-70 a bit to Colby where we found a Starbucks for a coffee warm up and they had a very nice dog park that Gizmo enjoyed.  We also checked out a pretty large antique store with a lot of interesting items but nothing we couldn’t leave without.

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Since we are traveling with the dog , this was a very nice amenity and we are interested to see if we run into more of these on the trip.  There were several travelers with dogs making use of this and we wondered if there are more people on road trip with dogs nowadays.

We made it to Lawrence with the intention of checking out what we had heard was a pretty cute University town but it was late and dark when we got in so we just grabbed some food to take to our room and settled in to watch some Winter Olympics on the tube and leave the exploring of Lawrence for tomorrow.

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