Copper 2011: Day One-ish

The thing about our first day to Copper is that is really just getting out of KC and getting as far through Kansas as possible. Given that we hit Kansas a mere 10 minutes or so after leaving our house, it’s a bit of long stretch. We always stop and recharge overnight, heading out the next morning. This year we stayed in Goodland.

Yawn. WAKE UP!  (And see this lovely view outside your hotel room…)

Here are 5 things I bet you didn’t know about Kansas.
  1. The public swimming pool at the Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City occupies half a city block and holds 2 1/2 million gallons of water.
  2. There are 27 Walnut Creeks in the state.
  3. The Kansas Speleological Society has catalogued at least 528 caves in 37 Kansas counties. Commanche County has at least 128 caves and Barber County has at least 117 caves. (And, despite the fact that we are all about caves, we haven’t seen a single one in all the years we’ve been doing this drive.)
  4. The Geodetic Center of North America is about 40 miles south of Lebanon at Meade’s Ranch. It is the beginning point of reference for land surveying in North America. When a surveyor checks a property line, he or she is checking the position of property in relation to Meade’s Ranch in northwest Kansas.
  5. Russell Springs located in Logan County is known as the Cow Chip Capital of Kansas (which could explain why on 32 people lived there at the time of the 2000 census).

Makes you wanna visit, doesn’t it?