Saturday, April 6, 2013

Day 1 of 8: Sternberg Museum, Kanopolis, and Lindsborg

It seemed to take no time at all to get to the Sternberg because there's just so much talking to do!  Get there we did, and fixed a quick lunch before going in to join the rest of the trip participants. 

There was a special exhibit of rattlesnakes of all kinds.  The mainstays were good, as usual, such as the Mosasaur swimming across from the Xiphactinus.  There was a cool exhibit of the evolution of diatoms (single-celled algae), showing an early and later version from Yellowstone through microscopes.  And the Tyrannosaurus rex would move her towering head and roar at you when you moved into her field of vision.

Some of our group came and went more quickly than others so by the time I got out where I could capture their image, we had these few (l-r Shellie, Bob, Barbara, Dennis, Angie, Linda, Lorrie):

This smaller group proceeded to Mushroom Rock State Park.  It's a 5 acre park with fantastic looking formations.  While small, it was a great place to step out into the beautiful spring weather and marvel at what nature can create.

Next, we went to Kanopolis Lake.  There we found some wonderful turritella fossils, a couple clam fossils, cone-in-cone everywhere, and marcosite.  Sorry, I didn't get any photos here - my hands were full!
Finally we wanted dinner so we stopped in Lindsborg.  There's a cute town!  It's a tidy place and there were cute horse sculptures in many places.  Here are Bob and Barbara and Dennis and Linda at the one just outside the Swedish Crown.
The Swedish Crown servers Swedish meatballs with Lingonberries.  Yum! 
It was dark when we started our final leg of today's trip, ending on the south side of Wichita for the night.

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