American Locations 5

The trip is from Lewis & Clark Monument, Illinois, to Kickapoo State Park, Illinois, by way of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Wilson Lake State Park 2

We woke up to a rainy day, which we spent touring around Wilson Lake. First, we drove north on Rte. 232 to the town of Lucas to see the Garden of Eden.

Here is some information I found online concerning this site:

S. P. Dinsmoor was a retired schoolteacher and Civil War veteran who moved to Lucas, Kansas in 1891. During most of the remaining 31 years of his life, he created a unforgettable legacy in three parts:

The “log cabin” was completed in 1907.  The “logs” are up to 27 feet long and are carved from limestone. Dinsmoor called the home “the most unique home for living or dead on Earth,” and conducted tours of the 11 room house.

The garden surrounding the home was built during the following 22 years. Built of limestone and 113 tons of concrete, the garden tells the history of the world starting with its creation. There are 150 figures plus other forms, from insects to 40 feet tall trees in the Garden of Eden. Sunflower Journeys calls it a work of art, a statement of political & religious beliefs, and a record of Kansas history.

The pagoda at the northeast corner of the Garden of Eden is a stone and concrete mausoleum. It houses Dinsmoor and his first wife in a glass lidded coffin.

After, having nothing better to do on a rainy day, we drove an entire circuit of the lake.

The next day was much better. We left the campground to hike the Rocktown Trail along the lake. Note the limestone fenceposts.

It started with an easy hike through prairie.

Down to the lake.

Where there were some unusual rock formations.

Then it was a hike back up from the lake.

Past some forlorn limestone fenceposts.

And back up to the motorhome.

After completing the hike, we drove south from Wilson Lake on Rte. 232 to I-70, and continued west.

Next Location – Monument Hills, Kansas

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