As soon as we crossed into Kansas we knew we were in different terrain – first of all oil donkeys:
Grain fields (instead of corn and soy), including sorghum:
|Just in case you’re wondering – sorghum is used for fodder, molasses and alcoholic beverages.|
Beef cattle – these are Black Angus. We did see a small herd of Texas Longhorn, but not in time to have the camera out.
Seeing all these Black Angus, and then a ranch sign that said ‘Angus’ with shadows of both a black and a white cow on it, we got to wondering – are there lighter colors of Angus cattle? Oh, the wonders of the World Wide Web! Sure enough there are both black and red colors of the Aberdeen Angus beef cow, black being the preferred color in North America. Somewhere, way back in probably elementary school, I remember hearing this, but the memory fading as it does………
Anyway, back to the road – we also saw a small flock of wild turkeys:
At Osborne, we came across a plaque proclaiming that the Geodetic Center of the US is marked 18 miles southeast of the spot of the plaque. It also stated that the geographic center of the US is 42 miles north of that spot. Okay…..if our trip isn’t about learning new things, I don’t know what it is….so back to WWW. Oh, boy, not being a scientist, geographist, or mathematician, the definition just kind of went over my head – WHAT!!??!! Something about the geoid shape of the earth, and its field of gravity and relationship to space. Okay, so I’d never make it as one of the nerds on the Big Bang Theory (do those actors really have any idea what they’re talking about?). But I digress. Suffice it to say the geographic center of the US and the geodetic center of the US are miiillles apart – in more ways than one to may way of thinking. But it was an interesting stop, nonetheless. I do wonder how that poor farmer, with that bronze marker in his field, manages to ensure it doesn’t get plowed under or tromped on.
As we drove along, we noticed with increasing frequency, that the fence posts were made of stone – never saw anything like that before:
HUH – is all I can say about the variety and intriguing nuances of this fabulous continent!