Beyond Wichita: 20 photos of Kansas

Posted on
Sep 8, 2011
Posted in: Photos, Top Ten

Though I was in Wichita for less than four days, I took more than 900 photos. Yeah. Since whittling that pile down to 10 pictures was pretty much impossible, and would require me leaving out photos of pink (yes, pink) milk, I decided to share my 20 (20!) favorite photos from Kansas. Enjoy.

  1. Road to nowhere.

    I could have stayed in the middle of the road for as long as I liked. There were literally no other cars to be seen.

  2. Chocolate and strawberry milk in glass jugs, Dillon’s grocery store.

    Harbinger of a city gal: I don't know that I've ever seen milk in glass jugs before.

  3. Jackson’s giraffe. I mostly took this photo for my friend Dan, whose love of the long-limbed animal is now well-known.

    I named him Dan.

  4. Town of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.

    The streets were positively empty. It was 104 degrees.

  5. Old tombstone, cemetery near Strong City, Kansas

    It was incredibly quiet and astoundingly hot.

  6. Railroad tracks near the now-defunct Strong City train station.

    The station was recently placed on the National Register, and could use some TLC.

  7. My friend Christine and her son, at the Emma Chase Cafe, Cottonwood Falls.

    I know. Adorable, right?

  8. Decorative stop sign outside Carriage Crossing Restaurant, Yoder, Kansas.

    Moments after I took this, one gentleman backtracked about ten feet to hold a door open for me. I might have swooned.

  9. Roller coaster at the now-defunct Joyland amusement park, Wichita.

    Yes, we went to an abandoned amusement park. Thankfully, it was during broad daylight.

  10. Tractor, Pioneer Bluffs Heritage Center.

  11. Beekeeping, near the Pioneer Bluffs Heritage Center.

  12. Self-portrait, car side mirror.

  13. Jason at the Kansas Underground Salt Museum, Hutchinson, Kansas.

    He was super excited that he actually got to touch some stuff, especially after they said "no licking the walls."

  14. Wichita in microcosm: TV at Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant.

    Yes, that's a Shania Twain video playing.

  15. Outside the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.

  16. Free Love sign, downtown Wichita.

    And to think, all this time I've been paying for love, like an idiot.

  17. T-shirt belonging to a friend of Christine and Jason’s.

    I suppose if you haven't seen "The Wire", this will make little sense.

  18. Gelato from Caffe Moderne, Old Town, Wichita.

    Reprieve from a Kansas summer.

  19. External temperature gauge in the car.

    That's a joke, right?

  20. Artistic visions realized in the Kansas Underground Salt Museum.

    The guide in front of me, as we took a train ride inside the salt museum.


Leave a Comment

  • Kristin

    hahaha… I love the milk picture. If you head a little further east (Kansas City area) you will find Shatto milk, also in glass bottles. In addition to pink strawberry milk, they also have orange milk and rootbeer milk. (and banana, but it just looks like normal milk. which might be a good trick to play on someone).

    • Everywhereist

      I should have grabbed a gallon of the chocolate milk. And a huge straw. Having sincere regrets I didn’t try that.

  • I wanna steal that “Please Touch” sign, and wear it.

    Your photos are lovely. 🙂

    • Everywhereist

      Bwah ha ha ha ha ha ha. I think when I first met you in person, I might have touched your hair. Just out of reflex.

  • Did you see the movie reels in the salt museum? A bit of Hollywood meets Kansas action there.

    • Everywhereist

      Oh, yes. Working on a post about the Salt Museum for next week.

  • Nathalie

    Really nice pictures! I especially like the train station and the abandoned amusement park ones.

    BTW, you can find milk in glass jars in every QFC in Seattle. Yup, no need to go to Wichita for that 🙂

    • Everywhereist

      Wait, seriously? I MUST GO TO QFC IMMEDIATELY.

      • Ruth

        Justin and I get the Twin Brooks creamery milk (in glass jugs at QFC) and it is soooo good. Especially their chocolate milk – it’s like drinking a glass of melted chocolate ice cream! Mmmmmmm.

      • Tithonium

        We occasionally buy our glass-jar milk from Metropolitan Market. I can’t remember the name of the brand (I expect it’s the same one at QFC) but they make REALLY good chocolate milk.

  • The Hamsterdam shirt is a winner. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kristi

    What kind of camera do you use? The pictures are great! (I’m sure your photography skills play a part too.

    • Everywhereist

      Honestly, I have no idea what I’m doing with my camera. It’s a Canon Digital EOS rebel xsi or something like that. And it’s usually set to “auto”.

  • Wale

    I need to find out where to get some “free love” – by far my favourite picture.
    Love the pictures and thanks for sharing…and oh that Gelato will do just fine right about now [or any other time for that matter]!

  • Tithonium

    Man, I haven’t made it to the Cosmosphere since the remodel. Went to space camp there.

    I’ve ridden that roller coaster so many times. I was sad when I heard the place had shut down.

    • Everywhereist

      The Cosmosphere was really cool, but sadly, we tried cramming it into an already full day, and by the time we were there, we were too exhausted to appreciate it fully. I am seriously considering going back. 🙂

      • It was a bit overwhelming by then, wasn’t it? Also, my offer for you and Senor Rand still stands: come here in the fall and I will kill something for you to eat.

  • Travel to Wichita every few months. It is a strange, yet interesting place and the people are one-of-a-kind nice. Some questions I have after reviewing your post…

    Did you lick the walls before you saw the sign?
    Where are all the people?
    Did you see any old ‘carni’ folk hanging around the amusement park?

    And one comment – I have made snow angels in the dead of winter, half (no fully) drunk near that free love sign on the cobblestones. Don’t judge.

    • Everywhereist

      In answers to your questions:

      No. But I’m sure someone, at some point, did lick the walls. Why else would they need a sign forbidding it?

      It was 104 degrees. I assumed they had all evaporated.

      Sadly, no. That would have been lovely. I adore carnies. I, too, have small hands and occasionally smell of cabbage. We’d have so much to talk about.

  • Amy

    Former Kansan here. Now I am homesick for Carriage Crossing pie!

  • I appreciate that Kansas is getting the same treatment as other, farther-flung locales. I’ve been to about half of the 50 states but not Kansas, which is somehow as foreign to me as most of Europe.

    Also, it occurs to me that “don’t lick the walls” is sound policy just about anyplace that isn’t Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.

    • Schmaty

      But how else will you know if the wallpaper tastes like snozberries if you don’t check?

  • Ann

    Yikes! Haven’t you seen Spirited Away? (If not, rent it pronto, it’s wonderful!) Stay away from the abandoned amusement parks!
    I too appreciate the Kansas feature! Don’t think I’ve ever been there even via interstate drive throughs.

  • If you ever get back to Kansas, come through Kansas City and I can give you a heart stopping BBQ tour of the area. Unless you and Rand are Vegans in which case – I got nothin’.

  • Haley Hawthorne

    I love that you took a picture of gelato to describe Kansas. I work at Caffe Moderne, and more particularly, I’m one of two people in the restaurant that actually make the gelato. I hope you enjoyed it. 🙂

    • Everywhereist

      I did enjoy it a lot – told my friends that it was fantastic. 🙂

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