It was a bittersweet drive out of Omaha, NE, this morning. After 3 months of being with family and watching our newest grandchild develop a personality, there was a bit of a lump in my throat as we left.
We are headed to Bartlesville, OK, for a week to visit some friends before heading further south to Austin, TX, to try to get warmer! Just spending the night in Emporia, KS, along the way.
Our drive so far though Kansas has been one hill after another! We got terrible gas milage today with the hills and headwinds.
The only point of interest was our drive on part of the Native Stone Scenic Byway.
The remains of the limestone fences you see pictured below and some limestone buildings we passed in the small towns we drove through were the reason for the byway designation.
The limestone fences were authorized by the Kansas legislature in 1867. It was one of the earliest government operated farm programs. The state paid farmers 40 cents a rod (about 16 ½ feet) to build and maintain a stone fence at least four feet high. Interesting!