Day 2: Salina, KS (part 1)Posted: June 30, 2010
Our original plan was to head out early from Denver so we could go to the Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure in Salina, Kansas. But the previous night was pretty miserable. Despite (or possibly because of) giving the Bwun some Benadryl after dinner, he refused to go to sleep. Our Motel 6 room was every bit as little as we paid for it; the bed was small and creaky, and when I decided to give the Bwun my spot on the bed and go sleep on the floor, I found a big spider on the blankets. Yikes! Not a pleasant surprise, especially late at night. (A little while after I got back into bed, the Bwun did crawl off and wander around before finally falling asleep on the floor.) Anyway, I figured out that because of the time zone change, we’d have to leave Denver no later than 7am in order to visit the Wildlife Adventure the next afternoon before it closed. Not going to happen. Instead we decided to go the following morning (today). Another post about that next!
To replace that activity on Tuesday, I pulled off I-70 when I saw a sign for the Kit Carson County Carousel. On the way I also saw signs for Old Town Burlington, and they were easier to follow, so we stopped there first. Basically Old Town Burlington is an amazing museum and collection of historic buildings, with tons of antiques. The museum’s focus is on county history. They must have incredible funding – everything was in good condition and it was obviously well-maintained. Impressive! We recommend it.
Next we headed across town (not very far) to see the carousel. We learned from the operator that it was built in 1905 from hand-carved, hand-painted wooden animals; after some stuff, and some more stuff (I didn’t pay really close attention, sorry), it was in really sorry condition and they considered just burning it. Luckily someone established a carousel association and the carousel was eventually restored – today it’s fully functional and in great condition. Yes, of course we took a ride on it!
Ok, sorry, but the internet here is really slow and it’s getting late. You’ll have to wait for more stories and pictures! Goodnight!