After dropping daughter Jessica off at the Denver airport late Thursday afternoon, we pulled out of Estes Park early Friday and headed east on I-70. To say that the scenery changed would be a tremendous understatement.
This is a scene from the Estes Park area of Colorado.
Now drive about a hundred miles to the east and this is a view of scenic Kansas.
We drove about two hundred miles east on I-70 to the little town of Stratton, CO, which is located about thirty miles from the Kansas state line. We find that two hundred miles is enough for one day, so we stopped to spend a quiet night in a new little town. There is a small RV park near the highway that accepted our Passport America club discount so we pulled in there early in the afternoon. Apparently the people of Stratton are on a summer schedule and everyone takes Friday’s off. We took a walk up the main street of town but found the stores (the few there were) to be closed and the street empty, even though it was three o’clock in the afternoon. Even the one tavern we passed was closed (the sign said it opened at 5:00).
Saturday morning we took our time getting ready and left Stratton at about ten o’clock, as our next stop would be in Oakley, KS, only about a hundred miles to the east. We are now parked at the High Plains RV Resort, a nice little park just off I-70 west of Oakley. There’s not much in the town of Oakley but just fifteen miles back to the west, in the town of Colby, there is a Wal-Mart and a Starbucks!
We will be here in Oakley for the next three nights, as there are a couple of places we want to explore. More on that later . . .