Not-So-Flat Kansas

We left Oklahoma on 10/20 and stopped over in Salina, KS, to see family. After a fun visit with kids, grandkids, and great-grandkid, we reluctantly said our farewells and headed west. We did get the little one’s stamp of approval on the bus.  

The drive across Kansas from east to west is deceptively flat. The horizon stretches on forever with almost no topographic relief. However, by the time you reach the Colorado border, you have climbed 3000 feet in elevation. 

Is Kansas flatter than a pancake?  Why yes, as has been confirmed in the Annals of Improbable Research, 2003. Really. But in Kansas’ defense, she is only 7th in flatness among U.S. states. 

We found solid evidence of this in far western Kansas in a hidden jewel of a state park, located near Scott City. Dropping down off the flatlands, we entered a beautiful little canyon which is home to Lake Scott State Park. 


The park boasts several campgrounds, lake activities, hiking, and some unexpected archaeology: it has the furthest NE pueblo ruins. 

We set up camp right before the all-night rains began and had the entire campground to ourselves. After morning coffee, snug and warm in our cocoon, we drove over to the visitor’s center. The rain let up long enough for us to take a walk to the ruins and drive around the lake.  

We drove in to Scott City planning to visit the El Cuartelejo museum only to discover that we had been misinformed by the museum website. Instead of opening at 1000, they would open at 1300. 

We opted to drive on west to Canon City, CO, arriving in time for a visit and delicious meal with friends Marvin and Paula.