We woke up to a lovely sunrise over the lake this morning! We truly are blessed and appreciative of the time that we have to take the trips and see everything that we do. This is our sixth summer of awesome stuff and we are looking forward to many more!
We started our day by driving southwest to Fort Larned NHS. Fort Larned is the best preserved military post on the Santa Fe Trail. Despite the fact that it was only operational for about 20 years, it housed many different units, most notably the 10th Cavalry, better known as the Buffalo Soldiers. Fort Larned is very similar to Fort Scott, but more remote and basic.
From there we drove north and spent the rest of the afternoon looking for a place to camp. Our original destination (a KOA) did not have any shade and was right next to an interstate, so we decided to continue driving, which was going to be on the itinerary for tomorrow.
Though to say it remains a town is somewhat generous. There are only 25-30 people who live there. We did not see any sort of services (gas, groceries) within 15 miles in either direction. It is definitely very remote. But, from what we learned in the visitor center the folks who live there are very sentimental about the town, its history, and what it represents.
The official site consists of a few historic buildings (hotel/post office, 2 churches, and the town hall), most of which are closed up. While this stop certainly will not be a highlight of our trip, it was very educational!
From there it took us 3 state parks before we found one with good campsites and a nice view. We again are on a lake and are enjoying the start of what I think will be lovely sunset.
We have 1 more historic site to visit tomorrow before our “layover” in Lincoln for drama stuff.