Today was our last spur of the moment fall tour. After today, we’ll have to plan around Linda’s work. Linda and I headed out on back roads to our intended destination, Abilene, starting with the back way to the CK Ranch. We wandered off some roads south of there that we”d never been on in search of colorful trees. Finally we got back on Old 40 heading east. We looked at the downtown area of Solomon that has undergone quite a transformation. Stop and see it when you are that way. We poked on to Abilene, stopping to see things of interest.
In Abilene we rounded the curve by Ally’s house to see her new paint job and salmon-colored front door, and then stopped at the gift shop at the Eisenhower Center so I could buy “I LIKE IKE” bumper stickers for the Blue Canoe. Linda had some business in Abilene that took about 10 minutes then we dismissed our early plans to eat at the Kirby House and decided to go on to Manhattan to eat at Doe’s, one of her favorite restaurants. I called Drew to see if he could join us, but he was hard at work at the financial aid office and didn’t get off until 5:00. Bummer.
After wandering around Junction City, we finally got on I-70 for the hop to Manhattan when the sign to Council Grove appeared and the car headed that direction. It was a good choice as the trees and scenery were lovely.
I haven’t been to Council Grove in years so it was a treat. They have a lake and water. I wish Ellsworth had that. We stopped in the Aldrich Apothecary Shop, browsed and bought a few things. There are lots of things to see. They have a 1920s old-fashioned soda fountain with swivel stools, working chrome spigots and tile and marble counter. There are shelves and racks of gifts, K-State gear, and a small bulk candy area with those hard to find candies and another with truffles and individual chocolate creations.
Across the street was the 1857 vintage Hayes House which is the oldest continuously operating restaurant west of the Mississippi. They had pan-fried chicken (fried to order-it was worth the wait), real mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade rolls etc. The food is very good there.
After all of that wandering around, it was time to head west. The small towns we passed through were full of cute little kids in costume for Halloween. Dwight, Hope, Herrington, Gypsum…where else? Hum.
In Salina we went by Linda’s old neighborhood to see all the kids up and down the streets having fun asking for treats, but it didn’t compare to my old neighborhood on Highland where cars were parked bumper to bumper for four blocks and all the side streets to Santa Fe and 9th were full. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and figured the Pope must be in the neighborhood. I guess it’s one of the most popular places in Salina to Halloween. I’ve never seen such a mass of people in a residential area in my life. I could just visualize what it was like back in my youth with the McCann, Andersen and Baker kids all on foot without parents or cars, going door-to-door. There were 26 of us kids in that one 800 block on Highland. We got plenty of loot from our friends and neighbors.
We drove up on the Hill to see our mutual friend Marilyn but her house was dark. Linda ventured she was gone; I suggested she was hiding. I called. Sure enough…she was hiding from the Halloweeners. She invited us in but said we’d have to sit in the dark. We laughed and passed.
Our next stop was the water plant. We wanted to see the new pipes and art displays. Frankly, we both like what Salina does with the “arts” and if you want to see the difference it makes, compare Salina to Hutchinson. Salina is moving forward and a lot of that is due to the progressive art community and the work they do to promote the arts. It makes a community stand out from the rest. Hutchinson is stagnant and there is little or no support for the arts in that community.
Dane wanted to go to the Wilson football game tonight to see the sons and grandsons of the caregivers at the home play, but couldn’t because Dr. Slomka had forewarned him he was coming to change his catheter. That went well, painful, but well. He also gave Dane some freedom to come and go as he pleases. I haven’t seen the orders but will check them tomorrow when I will be at the home at 7:00 am (egads) to follow Dane to Made From Scratch to hear Josh and Jay at the Wilson Chamber breakfast. I’m taking warm gear for him as it’s bound to be very cold. I hope his wheel chair doesn’t freeze on the spot. He will do anything to get out among friends and adult conversations.
So that was my day. Brit said it was quiet around here. With three dogs, he would have known had someone rung the doorbell.
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