Bangkok, Thailand, as seen from Benjakitti Forest Park.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Ayutthaya, Thailand.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Khao Yai National Park, Thailand on December 13th.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Heading for Kansas

We are still at the ranch here in Texas, and will be for a couple more days. Our plan was to wait things out until May 1st (today) and re-evaluate, given that many of the individual states are coming out with varied plans for reopening things like state park campgrounds.

Texas state park campgrounds remain closed, however the parks have re-opened for day use. Interestingly, the two states directly above us, Oklahoma and Kansas, have never closed their state park camping areas.

And in fact Kansas specifically says that we are welcome to visit...

Can individuals from other states travel to Kansas for outdoor recreational activities (hunting, camping, etc.)?    

Answer: Yes, as long as the outdoor activity allows for maintaining a six-foot distance between individuals and complies with the prohibition on gatherings of 10 or more. 

I contacted one of the parks that we want to visit and she confirmed that they are open for business and looking forward to seeing us.

We will likely spend a couple of weeks at a few of the Kansas State Parks while we wait to see what happens in Nebraska where the parks are still closed until May 8th when they will issue a new directive. Wyoming plans to re-open state park camping on May 15th, but only to residents of that state.

In the meantime, we did some more painting here at the ranch.

Ruth and Denise.

The finished product.
There is still a lot more to do though!

Jack the orphan calf.



Big bull.

We've got a heat wave coming through this area... calling for a high of 99F (37C) today!

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  1. Couldn't help but notice that you haven't been brave enough to paint the bull's pen. LOL

    1. Lol, no not yet, we ran out of paint. The paint is red by the way, lol. Having said that the bulls are very quiet, Arin goes in the pen and walks around with no issue, even pats the on the back end to get them to move away. They only arrived there the other day because they escaped from their field into the next rancher's property and he brought them around to her the other morning. They (the bulls) have some work to do in the next few weeks anyways! :-)

  2. Smart staying out of the Bull's pen. Also wise to take your time heading north.
    It looks like more places are going to start reopening even here in Ontario.
    Be Safe and Enjoy a leisurely trip north.

    It's about time.

    1. I wouldn't hesitate to go in their pen, at least I don't think I would. They are pretty calm guys.

      We aren't planning on moving too fast to get up north. Things are changing constantly, who knows what will be open in a month's time. We will just keep traveling the way we have been, slowly and away from the general public as much as possible. So far that hasn't been an issue. :-)

  3. Enjoy Kansas! We house-sat there for awhile back in 2013-14 and found it to be a friendly and welcoming state. Glad the parks are open and ready for you.

    1. We will do our best to enjoy the state. We have been through Kansas a couple of times in the past but have never really spent much time there so we are looking forward to our visit this time. We have also found the people there to be very friendly. :-)

  4. Being from Kansas City which straddles both Missouri and Kansas, it is a nice state. Flat, good fishing spots, and some odd but interesting sites to see. Fall is best when the harvesters come through and clear out all the wheat.

    Cows make great pets. They love to play outside and will chase a ball and throw it up in the air with their heads. They love to be petted. The orphan looks a little lonely.

    1. I am sure we will enjoy our time in Kansas and we will find things to see and do. However, many of the interesting places seem to be more to the west and we will be sticking more to the east. I have no doubt that we will not be bored. :-)

      Yes, we agree, Jack does look lonely. Hopefully they will put him out in the fields with the rest of the cattle when they think he will do well on his own.


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