Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Chapman, Kansas

Monday-Tuesday (Oct 26-27):

On Monday morning we left Nebraska City heading south to Kansas. As we passed from the farm fields of Nebraska into Kansas the scenery along the road changed. More of the land in Kansas is used for raising livestock and we saw more cattle than we have in a long time.
Driving along I-70 in Kansas
The trip was about 190 miles and we stopped at a rest area in Kansas to eat lunch. The Chapman Creek RV Park is located right off of I-70 and is a relatively new campground with only 23 sites. I rode around the campground with the host and chose Site 15. All of the sites are narrow and we had to make several adjustments getting into the site even though it was a pull through. We got set up and met our neighbors, Tim & Marsha, who are from Minnesota and just started "full-timing" in their Jayco Eagle 5th wheel this year.
Site 15

View from our site of I-70
On Tuesday morning I let Connie sleep in. She had not slept very well for the last couple of nights and we were not in a rush to go anywhere today. After breakfast we drove over to Milford Lake State Park which is located a few miles north of I-70 near Junction City KS. Milford Lake is a large man-made lake on the Republican River.
Milford Lake

Milford Lake dam
 We went to this park because there was a number of hiking trails located with the park. We stopped by the park office, obtained our daily fee pass and proceeded over to the south part of the park to walk a portion of the Eagle Ridge (it is 8 miles total and we walked about 3 miles of it). The trail wandered back and forth along the lake. There were not many good views of the lake along the trail because all of the trees that have grown up along the banks.
Connie crossing bridge along the trail.
We finished up the portion of the trail we wanted to walk and went over to the horse camping area in the park. One of the motorhomes parked in this area was a Dutch Star that looked a lot like ours.

We then drove over the north part of the park and had a quick bite to eat along with some water. We then walked the 2.1 mile Crystal Trail which goes around a number of corn fields located on the edge of the park. By the time we had finished our second walk we were both tired and ready to get off our feet. We returned to The Duchess for an early dinner and just as we finished eating it started to rain. Good timing on our part.