Skip to comments.Vanity thread: Seeking info from Kansas Freepers
Posted on 11/24/2005 9:33:46 AM PST by COBOL2Java
I know, I know - sorry for the vanity thread! Today's a slow day hopefully, so you won't mind.
Our daughter and Son-in-law are in the Army and stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. She's expecting her second son in February, and Mrs. COBOL2Java and I will be out there for two weeks to assist, and help usher in our next grandson.
We checked flights, and discovered that the cost of a plane from Kansas City airport to Manhattan Regional airport was more expensive than the flight from Reagan National Airport to Kansas City, so we're flying to KC and then driving the 2 hours to Fort Riley.
My daughter says that there is housing at Fort Riley, so no worries there. However, we are wondering about 1) Kansas weather / road conditions in February, and 2) any points of interest in and around Fort Riley. I understand that the Dwight Eisenhower Presidential Library is nearby.
Any information / suggestions from Kansas Freepers would be appreciated!
Cosmosphere sounds good. Our first grandson wants to be an astronaut. Thanks!
Another professor who frequents FR! (There are a few of us.)
What do you teach? Is your campus mostly liberal, or is it different in KS?
Sorry. Mark it up to keeping one eye on the kitchen and one eye on the keyboard.
Arts & Sciences (my college) is mostly liberal, though with big Engineering and Vet Med schools, the campus as a whole is well to the right of most.
My own department tends to be effectively apolitical (Though I think most vote left, except for myself and my closest colleague--an ex-new-leftist who said of Kerry that 'he still sounds like a communist'--and the big contingent of folks who lived under communism and escaped).
(Now that's K-State, KU is as loony-left as anywhere.)
Ah Kansas; so much to see and so far apart...I've lived in this state for most of 51 years and feel I've not seen much of it.
It tends to get windy here in Kansas...well, most of the time -- so make sure you cover as much of your body as possible. Cold isn't bad. Wind makes cold bad.
He gets an entire platoon of fresh-meat?! He has my deepest sympathies.
Heh...don't look at me. The only places I go is to work and the airport.
The Kansas Cosmoshpere and Space Center is in Hutchinson about 2 hours southwest of Ft Reily its pretty neat.
The worlds largest handdug well is in Kansas as well.
"Kansas the land of Ahhhs"
Brookville chicken dinners are great but only one scoop of Icecream?
They have a SR71 Blackbird on display in the lobby too
They were using that slogan back when I lived in Kansas in the mid 80's.
I got caught in two severe blizzards in two weeks. I think it was March instead of February tho.
I would be prepared for severe weather although it is not likely.
Just stay out of the wind and KS aint too bad.
I found the love of my wife there and brought her to Texas my in-laws hate me but I'm too arrogant of a Texan to care.
Worst blizzard I've ever seen was Mid March in Central Kansas
I was sort of irritated as I had a 4wd pickup and the roads looked fine. The next day when they let us through, I saw 18 wheelers with just a corner sticking out of the snow. Plenty of drifts were probably 15 feet deep.
When I got home, a front end loader had just cleared a path to my house. The snow was nearly to the roof but with a three foot area clear for some reason.
For a Florida native it was impressive. A week later I got caught again in an identical one.
Spent the night in Pratt...
"Pratt gateway to Liberal"
Don't envy you there, My Father in law was a county maintainer he pushed a lot of snow up that way mostly in Rice County around Sterling
Yikes! This could have been you! :-O
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