The next morning, we stopped at the new Kansas Wetlands Education Center at Cheyenne Bottoms, a showplace for environmental education, and a joint effort between Fort Hays State University and the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife and Parks. Some of the Bottoms is also managed by the Nature Conservancy. The Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network sign brought back fond memories of installing the same signs years ago at Mono Lake.
We headed out of Great Bend, Kansas (38°21', 98°45'), on the Arkansas River, and stopped to replace Janet's dead cellphone at a Verizon store. Lo and behold, we met greeter Keith Herl, who had just returned from teaching in Korea and had travel tips for our journeys next year!
(Next: The Arkansas River and Santa Fe Trail, wagon ruts and forts, plus Crossing the100th Meridian: importance and gloomy status of the Ogallala aquifer)