A bit of background – It’s hot. Our Heat index was 112 this week. Rain isn’t happening. The pool is too warm to enjoy. You can’t work outside for very long without drenching your clothes. So we wanted to get away. Our last short trip during the Coronavirus was encouraging. We wore our masks and many people we encountered also wore masks. We felt safe. We were social distancing while sightseeing so we agreed upon a longer trip. Reservations seem easy to get, even in secluded cabins.
We have driven many trips west but never to Yellowstone. I’ve always wanted to go but never could plan ahead enough to get a room and stay in the park. The weather sounded unreal with temperatures around 70s. They had vacancies even with the big lodges closed. They were safely using cabins so I made reservations. We figured we could get there in 3 days so we headed west.
Day 1 – We live in the southeast corner of Missouri so we drove west then north through the western side of Missouri. Truman Lake was interesting. I remember a story about an eaglet getting blown out of its nest on this lake then getting rescued and transferred to our area in a hacking program. That’s another story I want to write someday. You can see the lake is a great home for eagles.
We drove the Kansas Expressway straight toward Nebraska. On our way we saw a few quaint sights. The first was just out of St. Joe, MO. It pays homage to the pony express riders.
The other three pictures are of the Doniphan county courthouse. They tell an interesting story of sculpture by Peter Wolf Toth. In 1979 a group of third grade students named his sculpture, “Tall Oak”. He has made about 74 of these carved statues. Some are up to 40 feet tall. This one is 27 feet tall. He has at least one in every state. He never charges for the work but has a few stipulations. The material must be a donated log, someone from the community he places the sculpture must provide housing and food. You can look where his sculptures are placed. Who knew? What a trip that could make trying to see them all.