Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

Wheat field southeast of Great Bend, KS. Already headed-out and somewhat ahead...



Roadside Flowers


One mile self-guided trail through the salt marsh.

Some views along the trail.

The weather was perfect, we were the only ones on the trail.


This jay decided to fly away just as I snapped his picture.




Finally got a picture of a red winged blackbird.

The sign said "Dip". It was really a water crossing. Water about...

(Ron Writing) After a late start this morning we continued southwest on Hwy 156 to Great Bend, KS. We then headed east on Hwy. 56 to Ellinwood, then south following the signs to the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. We drove through the refuge with stops for a 1-mile hike on a self-guided nature trail through the salt marshes, and a stop at the visitors center. We saw many song birds and water fowl. This is one of the more important stops for migratory birds. Most of the ducks have already left for points north. We weren’t able to get many photos since most of the birds wouldn’t allow us to get close enough or they wouldn’t sit still long enough for me to get the camera ready.

Quivira is one of the “8 Wonders of Kansas”. It was created in 1955 when the Migratory Bird commission approved the purchase of land to create this refuge. It is one of about 500 refuges across the United States. It has over 7,000 acres of marshlands. Quivira was named for the native American tribe that was living here when Coronado visited in 1541.

After we left Quivira we drove east on Hwy 636 to Hutchinson, KS. We arrived late this afternoon and are spending the night at Wally World.

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