Thursday, October 25, 2012

Mushroom Rock State Park

One of the more interesting adventures in Kansas was visiting Mushroom Rock State Park.  According to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism:

"This is a 5 acre park that was donated to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (Kansas Park and Resource Authority) by the Ellsworth County Historical Society, the property was dedicated on April 25, 1965. Part of the Smoky Hill region in the north-central part of the state, the Dakota formations are the remains of beach sands and sediments of the Cretaceous Period, the interval of geologic time from about 144 to 66 million years ago. Sanstone and sedimentary rock, is held together by natural cement. The concreations that make up Mushroom Rocks are cemented calcium carbonate. The largest rock measures 27 feet in diameter. This area is truly a site to see".

Truly a site to see, Doodle and I just had to visit this park!  After driving for what seemed hours, on dirt roads, through small towns, past farms, cattle, and prairie... we came upon this:
And this:
 And this:
And this (on the other side of the road):
I tried to convince Doodle to jump up on top:

I cannot say what I thought I would be seeing but I truly thought that after driving so far into the country, I would spend more than 10 minutes wandering around wondering why we drove all this way to see rocks. 

Alias, if you visit Kansas and are in the area of Mushroom Rock State Park, you should stop, if only for a conversation point.

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