Waking up in Kansas

11 04 2011

Beymer Water Recreation Park

Departing Palo Duro Canyon we headed north through the Texas Panhandle, through the Oklahoma Panhandle and about 70 miles into Kansas. Following the tradition of RVer’s everywhere we wanted to apply at least one more sticker to our “been there” map. Last night about 5pm we poured a celebratory Margarita and applied the Kansas sticker to our map.

Beymer Park Lakes

We’re parked at the Beymer Water Recreation Park, just a few miles south of Lakin, Kansas. So far off the beaten path, we’re the only ones using one of the 8 sites that provide water and 15/30 amp electric, covered picnic tables and freestanding charcoal grills. At one end of the row of RV sites is a large group pavilion and at the other end is the bath house. Between the main highway and the park are several small sand lakes that attracted a few fishermen while we were there.

Kearny County Wind Gage

Behind the sites are a tall row of trees that provide a good wind block. Unique in character and location, the only downside to this park is the bath house facility. Older and without any kind of privacy between toilets and the one non-working shower, these really need a fix-up. But, to the county’s defense – these facilities probably haven’t been used much during the winter months – so the fact that the water is turned on and the doors are unlocked was somewhat of a surprise. And, for a $5 overnight fee, this was by far the least expensive, and certainly the most private park we’ve been in.

Ready to Roll

Today we’ll head west out of Lakin on Highway 50 which follows the Arkansas river into Colorado. We’re only about 6 hours from home, so assuming all goes according to plan, this will be the last blog post for the Texas Road Trip 2011. In May we’re headed to Moab – so more from Utah.

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