A very nice winery
The Smoky Hill Winery is located just north of Salina, Kansas. From the intersection of I-35 and I-70, go two miles east on I-70, then two miles north on hwy. 143 (which is 9th st. in Salina). Their wines are some of the best we have tasted in a small winery. (tip: You can taste the wines at the winery itself, but they may run one or two dollars per bottle cheaper if you purchase them at the Sam's Club liquor store in Salina. No Sam's Club membership is required to get into the liquor store.) This winery has the best selection of semi-sweet red wines we have found anywhere.
Click the photo to see some of our favorite wines.
- Road Trip
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Salina Municipal Airport
The world beat a path to Salina in March 2005 when Steve Fossett used the local airport as Mission Control for the recordbreaking Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer.
When laden with fuel his unique jet needed an extra-long runway to take off and Salina's airport fit the bill with nearly 3 miles of asphalt. The airport has clearance for emergency space shuttle landings!
You can read more about the mission here: www.virginatlanticglobalflyer.com
It was exciting to watch the live landing on BBC News here in the UK and it was so good to see some of my home state!
There are flights scheduled daily between Salina and Kansas City International if you fancy seeing the runway from Steve's vantage point.
The Land Institute
Wes Jackson's Land Institute is an agricultural research center established by the author of books like 'New Roots for Agriculture' and 'Becoming Native to this Place.' I think it's well worth knowing what he's doing and if you've read any of his books you will probably fancy driving up and having a look.
Basically, Wes is proposing an alternative to industrial agricultural with its reliance on the fertilizers and pesticides manufactured from ever more expensive and ever less plentiful oil. He is working to create grass hybrids that can be allowed to grow naturally and organically.
His aim is to create high-yield perennial plants that grow and can be harvested year after year. This would reduce the dependency on petrochemicals, plus cut down on the erosion caused by repeatedly plowing the soil.
When in the area, why not have a drive out? It's a lovely part of the countryside, atop a grassy hill overlooking the creek bottom groves southeast of Salina. Their website has a map with directions to print off. You can pick up a brochure from the office and take a self-guided ramble, otherwise call ahead to reserve a spot on the occasional guided tours.
There are many nice parks in...
There are many nice parks in Salina. This is the Lakewood Discovery Center in Lakewood Park. It is a nature center. The bird feeders around the center are well supplied with seeds and attract many common birds like chickadees, titmice, cardinals, and woodpeckers.
Smokey Hill Museum at 211 W....
Smokey Hill Museum at 211 W. Iron has a sod dugout and information about the history of the area. It is a very nice museum. The display in this picture is about the Native American Indians who lived in this area.
Short hiking trail at Lakewood...
Short hiking trail at Lakewood park. Good place to see some of the common birds of the area. I did not see any unusual birds here but the birds are used to seeing people and are not afraid. You can get a good look at them if you are interested in birds.
The Rolling Hills Wildlife...
The Rolling Hills Wildlife Refuge. West of Salina about 6 miles on Hwy. I-70 to exit #244, then South about 2 miles. Lots of animals on display in a wide-open park.
This is the world famous...
This is the world famous performing chair at the Salina Art Center. The art center is located at 242 S. Santa Fe. They were featuring works by performance artists when we were there.