Thursday, September 18, 2008

Underground Salt Mine and Hutchinson Cosmosphere

Tuesday dawned a beautiful day so we decided that we would go into Hutchinson and see and so some of the things that we wanted to do. The first thing on our list was to stop and see what time the tours were for the Underground Salt Mine. We were able to get tickets for the 1 pm tour. That gave us 2 1/2 hours to do some other things. We went to Wal-Mart where I was able to get a hair cut and we also picked up yarn for Russ to make Norma a blanket for her coming new great-granddaughter.

We then went by to see Dr. Lowen, the orthopedic doctor who did Russ' hip replacement last year when we were here, and Cameron, his Physician's assistant. They were in surgery so we did not get to see them this time. We also stopped by to see Carrie, Anita, Jennifer and Dawn, the physical therapists, who did the necessary therapy Russ needed to get him back on the road. All but Carrie were there, so it was great to see them. Anita had her baby boy just after we left here June a year ago.

From href="">Kansas Underground Salt Mine

It was nearing 12:30 pm so we headed back to the Underground Salt Mine for our tour. There were 20 other people also on our tour. We rode in an elevator shaft 650 feet below ground. The guides are all volunteers and they take us around on a tram showing us different parts of the mine. We do not go where they are actually mining but we can see what is being done in other parts by what has been done in the area we are in. It is very informative and something everyone should see. Cost is $13.50 plus tax for adults.

On Wednesday, we went by Dr. Lowen's and were able to get a couple of minutes with Cameron. Dr. Lowen had a back log of patients so we did not push to see him just gave Cameron the message to let Dr. Lowen know that we came by.

From Kansas Cosmophere

We then went to the Cosmo sphere and took a self guided tour here. Very interesting and informative about space science from the beginning until now. We really learned a lot from the information that was provided and know that there is a lot more to learn either by returning here or by reading books and studies. Another worthwhile place to visit.

It was well after lunch time so we decided to make a trip to Yoder and have lupper at the Carriage Crossing. This is a restaurant run by the Mennonites and the food is outstanding. We enjoyed every mouthful and even bought home the dessert for later.

Another fun filled day.

Until next time, Take Care.

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