Sunday, July 30, 2017

Cavalry, Bugs, and OZ

July 27 - 30, 2017
Tuttle Creek Cove Campground
Manhattan, Kansas

We left Minnesota about a week ago so I am pretty late updating my blog.  We had a rainy drive until we got to Kansas thus didn't stop much.  We are staying at an Army
Corps  of Engineer campground on Tuttle Lake.  Large level sites and good facilities make for an ideal spot to stop for a few days.  We are on a hill overlooking the lake instead of at the shoreline so we are prepared in case of high water.  The last time we were here several of the roads had washed out following a flood.

Yesterday we drove over to Fort Riley and after a criminal background check we were allowed on the base to see the US Cavalry Museum.

This museum was larger and more interesting than we had predicted.  We spent so much time in there that we didn't have time to go to the Custer House or other things on the base.  Both George Custer and J.E.B. Stuart were assigned to this fort.

We went to Kansas State University to see the gardens and the Insect Zoo.  The outside of the building had large wrought iron leaf cutter ants climbing up the stone face.

I should have paid closer attention to the sign outside because I didn't realize that parts of it were a petting zoo.  Have you ever seen bugs as large as a rat?  Did you want to touch them?  Neither did I.

A few miles east of here is the OZ Museum.  Other than the story of the author, most of the other exhibits were memorabilia from the movies and other collectibles.  The bugs and Army horses were more my style.


  1. When we were there, the road to the beach was under water. The Custer House was so worth touring. The docent told us about it being haunted and all of a sudden the door slammed shut. There was no one there and no wind.

  2. Wondered the other day where you guys were at. I'm not sure you could even get me through the front door of a bug place.