Tuesday, November 1, 2016
VENAGO COE CAMPGROUND KANAPOLIS, KANSAS-CAMP 13, Part 1
The fun at this campground began on the road leading down to it. Shortly after we turned onto the main road to go down to the park my eyes fell on these delightful sea creatures.
We loved everything about our stay at this campground. First of all it was COE, so it was $9 a night, what’s not to like about that. Our campsite had water and 50 amp electric, but no sewer. That’s okay the dump station was nearby.
While our campsite D-3, was a bit sloped we’ve got pretty apt at getting the fifth wheel level. So not a problem.
The camp host was friendly and stopped by to chat with us on and off the six days we stayed there.
Most days we weren’t home because I had picked up the brochure for the Prairie Trail travel route to see many free or near free places. It took three of our six days just to do the entire loop at our slow, laid back pace.
Some of the spots were a bit of a challenge to see, but we found them and we were glad we did.
As we did our travels we were also on a photo safari to take photos of abandoned buildings. Trust me, we found many to snap photos of.
One of our favorites was on the road between Venago campground and Lindsborg. If you zoom in on the photo you will see a buzzard, which Gary didn’t know was there when he took the photo, sitting in the window. I’m thinking this could be the makings of a great Halloween card.
The area was rich with fodder for my husband’s camera lens.
Our first bit of the Prairie Trail was in the next campground over in the state park that shared an entrance road with the Venago COE campground.
Horse Thief Canyon is a real surprise in this area. It was after all Kansas, so why would anyone expect to find a canyon? But there it was.
I would love to boast we did the canyon nature trail hike, but we didn’t. Just looking at the entrance to the trail, almost straight up I knew my health had not returned well enough to allow me the stamina that hike would take. So we had to be content with taking photos going into the area and what Gary could take by climbing a short way onto the nature trail without me.
This canyon also has horse trails you can bring you can bring your own horse to ride. In fact the state park campground has a horse camp, complete with a corral. I do not know the rates for the state park, just Venago, but it looked to be a nice park.