Interesting fact – Wichita is known as the air capital of the world. We asked “why” and found out that there is major aircraft production here. Who knew?
So, we made it to Kansas – check! For the one day we were here, we decided to see “Keeper of the Plains”, a statue done by Native American artist, Blackbear Bosin. The statue is positioned at the confluence of the Little Arkansas and the Big Arkansas Rivers. His ancestors, the Kiowa-Comanche, camped on the banks of these rivers. The statue has become a symbol for the city.
Adjoining the statue area is a Plains Indian museum which we took a few minutes to explore.
Upon the recommendation of a “local”, we had lunch at “Bite Me BBQ” in the downtown area. We found this to be a fantastic recommendation and encourage all to follow suite if ever in Wichita.
Howie indulged in a classic for dinner that night! I’m not sure how he (almost) ate the whole thing.
So we enjoyed our one day in Kansas. We were impressed by the low cost of gasoline ($3.34/gal) and food (that banana split was only $4.25)! But tomorrow, we continue our trek southward and will be spending 5 days in Oklahoma.