Today started out great.
We arrived at Fort Scott National Historic Site just before lunch. It was very overcast, which meant fabulous temperatures at a location that requires walking between multiple buildings.
Fort Scott was a military site in the 1840s that was shut down & auctioned off in the 1850s. When the Civil War began, the site became useful again and was reopened by the Union. The site consists of restored & reconstructed barracks, stables, officer quarters, hospital, guard house (prison) and a few other buildings all built around a small square. The historic downtown is literally right across the street. It is a neat area with lots of history!
From there we drove to Emporia, Kan., which was supposed to be our “home base” for the next few nights as we visit Tallgrass National Preserve. When we arrived at the campground, we quickly realized it was not a place we wanted to stay for three nights.
It wasn’t a bad-looking campground, but it was at the corner of a US Highway & the Kansas Turnpike with lots of road noise and nothing else about it was nice enough to make up for that poor of a location. We generally are pretty good about looking into these kinds of details, so we’re kind of kicking ourselves for this oversight, but we’ll survive.
We did a little research and realized this was not necessarily going to be an easy fix. So, we just did a temporary fix of the Hampton Inn in Topeka for tonight. We will figure out the next two nights tomorrow. Thankfully, we are ready to be flexible and just figure things out as we go!
The plus side was that it was much easier to fit in dinner with one of Grant’s Army buddies…and it was great to be able to spend some time chatting with him.
So, we will enjoy our comfy bed tonight & hot breakfast in the morning and then drive out to Tallgrass and start looking for a place to camp for a night or two. We learned on our last summer road trip in 2012 not to over-plan for this exact reason. Campgrounds, especially when you are in a tent, can often turn out to be not what you were expecting. Allowing flexibility and the opportunity to “fix it” is never a bad thing!