Travels To and Beyond This Year’s RMOWP Conference

Article and photos by Jack Wendleton

Ranch house at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Ranch house at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

In planning my 3-week journey to the RMOWP Conference and beyond, I first contacted Jack Olson. He recommended that my first destination should be the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, which is 18 miles West of Emporia, Kansas. I did not, initially, find the idea of a National Park Service area dedicated to preserving tallgrass prairies to be exciting, and I admit that I was pleasantly surprised. The park includes a well preserved three-story stone ranch house, a massive barn, ranch buildings and prairie interpretive trails. Nearby, the well-preserved town of Cottonwood Falls with its historic courthouse and buildings add to understanding life on the prairies and the Flint Hills country of Kansas in the nineteenth century.
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Sights to see at Colorado National Monument

Article & photos by Maryann Gaug

Piñon and juniper trees at the overlook I can’t remember, but makes for some interesting photos
Piñon and juniper trees at the overlook I can’t remember, but makes for some interesting photos

In the last RMOWP newsletter I wrote about my experiences in the ancient world near Colorado National Monument. This article with give you some ideas of what to see in the Monument while you’re at conference in May. While I haven’t explored every nook and cranny, I have seen some great places. Several short walks take you to some spectacular views, interesting places, and flora. Continue reading Sights to see at Colorado National Monument