The drive down from Elm Creek, NE was very uneventful except that what could have been a 2-hour trip took me about 4-hours taking into account the stops for provisions, gas, and the occasional tourist stops. I stumbled upon the world's largest ball of twine in Cawker, KS as well as the public library, built in 1884.
This replica 1930s gas station is actually a min-hotel directly across from the world's largest ball of twine.
Interestingly enough, 1884 is also when white folks startled bottling and selling the magical Waconda Spring water, prior to flooding it to make the reservoir it is today.
The story of Lake Waconda is quite sad actually.
It was quite confusing figuring out the mechanics of finding and paying for a site, but after a couple of hours of roaming campsites and websites I am settled in here on Lake Waconda in the Glen Elder Kansas State Park for the week.
I've got a very yummy smelling turkey and stuffing casserole in the oven and am settling in for a beautiful sunset.