Kansas Part I: El Dorado

A typical evening at Camp Martin. Dogs casually scanning the surface for something within our boundary to which they can alert us. Soon to come: Commands of silence and then banishment to THE BOX (aka: sacred tent in which they love to nap and lounge anytime outdoor activities are possible). Sometimes we wonder if their antics are ploys for banishment into their camping caves. Either way, they stop barking when they are in the box.

A typical evening at Camp Martin. Dogs casually scanning the surface for something within our boundary to which they can alert us. Soon to come: Commands of silence and then banishment to THE BOX (aka: sacred tent in which they love to nap and lounge anytime outdoor activities are possible). Sometimes we wonder if their antics are ploys for banishment into their camping caves. Either way, they stop barking when they are in the box.

Who Knew:  If someone asked me which stop I thought we would be at when Mike would catch his limit of fish EVERY DAY he wanted... my first guess would most certainly not have been KANSAS!

Who Knew:
If someone asked me which stop I thought we would beĀ located when Mike would catch his limit of fish EVERY DAY he wanted… my first guess would most certainly not have been KANSAS!

 

The Sound Barrier - one of our baby steps toward comprehending our Universe (not to mention... "OUR UNIVERSE" is nothing more than being a small country on a big planet, or a smaller state in a single country, or a single county in a providence, or a small town in a tiny county, or a downtown in a small community.

The Sound Barrier – one of our baby steps toward comprehending our Universe and space travel within it.

 

The SR-71. In this photo the nose looks quite tiny compared to the rest of its enormous, yet stealthy mass. Those two jet bundles on both sides in the FAR background of this picture are also part of the same machine. Giant Plane.

The SR-71. In this photo the nose looks quite tiny compared to the rest of its enormous, yet stealthy mass. Those two jetĀ engines on both sides in the FAR background of this picture are also part of the same machine. Giant Plane.

One of the perks from Mike's Air Traffic Control Career - a FAM flight in one of these babies. Fond Memories and fun stories.

One of the perks from Mike’s Air Traffic Control Career – a FAM flight in one of these babies. Fond Memories and fun stories.

The Kansas Cosmosphere was an unexpected surprise on the Lower 48 in 48 Tour. Mike's favorite part of the museum was the Apollo Exhibit.

The Kansas Cosmosphere was an unexpected surprise on the Lower 48 in 48 Tour. Mike’s favorite part of the museum was the Apollo Exhibit.

The Kansas Aviation Museum

The Kansas Aviation Museum

The recently restored ceiling in the Kansas Aviation Museum. (I know this because they were still painting when we were there)! GREAT design.

The recently restored ceiling in the Kansas Aviation Museum. (I know this because they were still painting when we were there)! GREAT design.

Until we arrived in Wichita, I did not know that 70% of the WORLD's general aviation aircraft is built in Wichita, KS.

Until we arrived in Wichita, I did not know that 70% of the WORLD’s general aviation aircraft is built in Wichita, KS.

How did they get this plane into this space?

How did they get this plane into this space?

One of the first simulators for budding pilots.

One of the first simulators for budding pilots.

As we were walking to our car after dinner at Stearman Field Bar and Grill.

As we were walking to our car after dinner at Stearman Field Bar and Grill.

The obligatory 'selfie post' in anticipation of our pizza and sunset at Stearman Field Bar and Grill.

The obligatory ‘selfie post’ in anticipation of our pizza and sunset at Stearman Field Bar and Grill.

Watching the planes land and take-off from Lloyd Stearman Field.

Watching the planes land and take-off from Lloyd Stearman Field.

When we arrived in Wichita, I was not aware I would have the pleasure of touring one of Frank Lloyd Wright's last Prairie House Designs.

When we arrived in Wichita, I was not aware I would have the pleasure of touring one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s last Prairie House Designs.

I visited the Wichita Botanical Gardens before spring has sprung. It was a lovely facility and I could imagine the magnificence during my time there. Since the spring blooms were still shy, I found this precious wind vane.

I visited the Wichita Botanical Gardens before spring had sprung. It was a lovely facility and I could imagine the magnificence during my time there. Since the spring blooms were still shy, I found this precious wind vane.

I guess at the end of TheMartinsAmericanAdventure we might be able to concoct some sort of subsidiary 'points of interest' Adventures. One might be to find all the places we have left our 'signature' along the way. Extra credit for finding them all AND tagging them in order of the original adventure. ha!  If so, here is a clue for what you might look for somewhere in Wichita, Kansas.

I guess at the end of TheMartinsAmericanAdventure we might be able to concoct some sort of subsidiary ‘points of interest’ Adventures. One might be to find all the places we have left our ‘signature’ along the way. Extra credit for finding them all AND tagging them in order of the original adventure. ha!
If so, here is a clue for what you might look for somewhere in Wichita, Kansas.

It is amazing how much fun the two of us (after a martini) could make of getting served our bill inside a real- life book instead of inside a cheap fake leather billet .

It is amazing how much fun the two of us (after a martini) could make of getting served our bill inside a real- life book instead of inside a cheap fake leather billet .

Old Town Wichita. Loved it.

Old Town Wichita. Loved it.

At the confluence of the ArkKANsas and the Little ArKANSas Rivers.

At the confluence of the ArkKANsas and the Little ArKANSas Rivers. If you say it wrong in Wichita, they will correct you.

Looking at the northern skyline of downtown Wichita, from the banks of the ArKANSAS River.

Looking at the northern skyline of downtown Wichita, from the banks of the ArKANSAS River.

"Everything around him is holy"

“Everything around him is holy”

Seems like Fung Shui (I knew I was on to something).

Seems like the Native American version of Fung Shui.

If you asked me at the beginning "Which state do you think you will be in when you have personal fish-cleaning stations attached to each campsite"? My first thought would NOT have been Kansas.

If you asked me at the beginning “Which state do you think you will be in when you have personal fish-cleaning stations attached to each campsite”? My first thought would NOT have been Kansas.

Mike's adoration of geese has not subsided.

Mike’s adoration of geese has not subsided.

When we arrived to Eldorado State Park, the Lake and Rivers in the area were still frozen.

When we arrived to Eldorado State Park, the Lake and Rivers in the area were still frozen.

Walking on the dam above our campground at El Dorado State Park

Walking on the dam above our campground at El Dorado State Park

El Dorado Lake

El Dorado Lake

I knew when we got to our campground and saw this steep hill to the top of the dam - that Mike would declare a mission to walk from bottom to top each day we were camped there. He did. On most days we did.

I knew when we got to our campground and saw this steep hill to the top of the dam – that Mike would declare a mission to walk from bottom to top each day we were camped there. He did. On most days we did.

Our 'yard' from spot #31.

Our ‘yard’ from spot #31.

Spot 31

Spot 31

When we first arrived into Wichita this is what we saw from our lane on the interstate. Up until that moment, I did not dream this stop would be so aviation-oriented.

When we first arrived into Wichita this is what we saw from our lane on the interstate. Up until that moment, I did not dream this stop would be so aviation-oriented.

President Eisenhower was also a Native Texan... born in Denison. Been to the house where he was born. All in all - The Lone Star State claims 4 Leaders of the Free World (by birth or attitude or oil rights - all acceptable criteria). DDE, LBJ, Bush 41, Bush 43.

President Eisenhower was also a Native Texan… born in Denison. Been to the house where he was born. All in all – The Lone Star State claims 4 Presidents.

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