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Thursday, October 13th, 2011.
Stayed off the beaten paths today by avoiding I-70 for all but the last 15 miles. We drove 267 miles. We departed from Hutchinson, KS in the morning and travelled through beautiful farm and ranch country and numerous small towns enroute to our overnight accomodations at a Comfort Inn in Colby, KS.
Pictures above show a little of what we saw. Oregon has its picturesque lighthouses but Kansas has its fine, historic courthouses. We also saw lots of grain elevators (every town has one), oil wells, cattle and dairy cows, historical markers, one almost ghost town and the amazing Monument Rocks seven miles off the nearest hardtop road. Monument Rocks is recognized by the National Park Service as a National Natural Landmark.