Monday, March 23, 2015

A Field Trip to Kansas

Hello friends, Have you ever thought about going on a trip and then just jumped in the car and left? We recently did just that. We were sitting around after supper one evening talking about a town in Kansas my husband had spent some of his childhood in. My daughters were very interested in this town and wanted to go. So, we packed our bags and were out the door in less than two hours.  It was exciting! 

We spent quite a few hours visiting the town my husband lived in. The town was Sublette, Kansas.  We visited two homes where he had lived and the school and church he had attended. We also took a break and let the girls play at the playground he had played at when he was their age. It was a blast listening to his stories and the girls thought it was very neat. 

After touring the town we ventured around to other areas that he had remembered visiting as a child. Below you will see a couple of the fun places we explored. 

Meade, Kansas

The Dalton Gang was a group of outlaws in the American Old West during the 1890s. If you are ever in the area it's a nice place to visit and the museum is filled with lots of history and interesting things to see and learn about. 

Meade State Park, Lake, Wildlife Area and Fish Hatchery

Meade, Kansas

The Meade State Park was a very beautiful area. For nature lovers who like to identify various different trees, grasses, flowers and birds, a nature trail offers birding, biking, and hiking opportunities. There is also a small lake that allows fishing year-round. We really wanted to visit the Meade State Fish Hatchery but they were closed. I thought it would be a wonderful learning opportunity for the girls to see what hatcheries are all about. 

Big Basin & St. Jacob's Well

25 miles east of Meade, Kansas

St. Jacobs Well is a sinkhole that always holds water, even during dry years. It has never went dry. Historically, St. Jacob's Well and Big Basin were used as landmarks and watering sites on trail drives that were bringing cattle from Texas. A Living Water Monument commemorates the area's importance to early settlers. The most visible animals of the area are bison.  It was a beautiful area and we really enjoyed exploring it. 

Below is a short video about the area. 


We had a blast on our trip and we all learned a bunch of really cool history and interesting facts.

Have you been to any of these areas? 
We would love for you to tell us about it in the comment section below. 

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