Going to Wichita

Going to Wichita

Right before my birthday back in June, tickets went on sale to see Hanson at the Kansas State Fair. I googled, and it was outside of Wichita, which is like 5 hours away.

Tyler bought me tickets for the concert (at my request) and then he decided he would go with me (instead of me taking a friend or my mom).

We set off on Friday after work and enjoyed the drive.

We stopped in Tulsa for his favorite dinner at Los Cabos, then kept driving.

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One downside was ALL the tolls: like $11 each way!

But the upside was staring at this sunset for hours. It was gorgeous to drive into it until the sun set.

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We stayed at a super nice, new Hampton Inn. Tyler commented that it was one of the first hotels where he felt as comfortable as our house. The breakfast was AMAZING- more than usual. They had multiple types of waffles (banana bread, chocolate chocolate chip), fresh made yogurt smoothies, cold-pressed juices….it was delish!

Before we did the fair, we hit up Strataca, a salt mine museum that was 650 feet underground!

It was super neat- exceeded our expectations. You took a long elevator down (in complete darkness!) and then entered salt. Salt above you, salt around you- so much salt!

We learned about the process, the history, and the process of making rock salt. This is the same kind of salt you eat, but they don’t do the process to make this eating salt.

We got to take a little train ride and a tram ride around as well, seeing old mining areas and equipment.

And you had to wear a hard hat the entire time you were underground.

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This was showing where the salt actually fell off the roof because of a layer of sediment separating. It sort of looked like the moon!

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This was an old mining train. They say “What comes into the mine, stays in the mine” because it’s too expensive and time-consuming to remove stuff, so everything old is still down there.

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Turns out the salt mines are the perfect temperature and no humidity, so they are great for storage. They store lots movie memorabilia, old tapes and digital files.

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These were files of Friends tapes!

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And they also have The Dorothy from Twister!

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I would totally recommend this for anyone who was old enough to read and enjoy the exhibits. Super interesting!


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