Thursday, July 14, 2011

A nice day in Kansas meeting old friends.

Fort Dodge was one of a number of forts established to protect the US mail and commercial caravans from Indian raids. Fort Larned is about 60 miles north east.  Neither had defensive walls.
We took a tour of Dodge before we left in a van which was quite interesting. Normally it is a trolley, but that is being repaired. I did not take pictures as most of the things like Boot Hill and Front Street are either gone or rebuilt. The city is now primarily involved in Feeding, fattening of beef cattle and packing and shipping all over. The smell of cow manure hangs in the air as if you were standing in a dairy barn all the time.
Ready to harvest
Skyscrappers of the plains

Stone buildings cut from local stone.
Our flower presentation. Acres and acres.
Hundreds of these water the prairie once thought to be incapable of agriculture.

An exotic farm

Rather emusing I thought.

Meet Esther and Homer Smith. We met them when we were in Germany at International Baptist Church. They served in the DOD for 30 some years in Germany, Norway, Japan and others I believe.
They now live in Homer's home town of Hutchinson KS. We had dinner and a really nice visit.

1 comment:

  1. Emusing??? Get out of Dodge.

    What a vast, amazing, beautiful country we have.

    "Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting."
    Ralph Waldo Emerson