Saturday, May 3, 2014


After our wanders through rural Doniphan County, we reached Highland at last. It is a pretty town, though we were a bit disappointed by the notable lack of flea markets. (Just a little Doniphan County humor there.)

Highland Community College has a lovely campus. We were told that it also has the dubious distinction of being the only college in Kansas that refused to admit an aspiring student, George Washington Carver.

Our undertaker friend also told us that there is a cemetery called Highland in Iola, KS. This is funny, since there is also a cemetery called Iola just down the road from Highland, KS! I wonder how many times that has caused awkward misunderstandings.

Highland looks like a fun little town with a good future. I wish we hadn't been so rushed to get home; we will have to come back sometime and really look around.

We drove home through Hiawatha, then down Highway 75. It had been a long day, but we managed to see most of Doniphan County!

Lessons learned today:

  • We need to start doing better research ahead of time. Several times now, we have missed a gem because we didn't know what to look for. 
  • I need to chill out and not try to hit so many towns in a day. As Magen reminded me, this isn't a competition. We are trying to explore and experience Kansas, so we should take enough time to do it right. If we are too rushed, we lose. Period. 

Total distance for the day: 259 miles.

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