Kansas is a rectangle approximately 200 miles tall and 400 miles from East to West. Yes, the corner of the State is kind of chewed off by the Missouri River but that is no big deal. Marking the division of the eastern 1/4 of State running from Nebraska to Oklahoma is a Highway we call the "Hawk a Mile Highway. In the last couple of weeks, we have driven the entire route and noted that for almost every mile we drove, we saw a hawk either on a telephone pole, in a tree or on a fence ready to pounce on a field mouse. If that is any indication of the health of the animals and birds in our state, we are doing fairly well.
Driving down US 75, you pass the part of the State that is Indian reservations. SAC, FOX, Pottawatomie tribes were moved to NE Kansas and flourished. You pass two casinos right near US 75 and another over by Horton off the highway a few miles. At one time the reservations were a place to buy gasoline and not pay the full State Tax. That made the gas10 to 15 cents per gallon cheaper. Not so much any more. About 50 miles south of the Nebraska border, you enter the Capitol City of Topeka.
Topeka is the only State capitol city with out air service. We have a great airport but most people will drive to the airport over in Kansas City rather than fly. Other than that one minor deviation, Topeka lives like a combination of a large and small city. There are wonderful schools, a couple of great lakes and many entertainment venues. In addition to the Brown vs Board of Education Federal site, we have the Kansas Museum of Natural History, the Kansas National Guard Museum and the Combat Air Museum. Our Performing Arts Center brings a lot of acts to their downtown facility and we have a hockey team in our Expocentre. In each season, there is baseball, soccer and a major Drag strip here in Topeka.
Going South out of Topeka, you drive through the middle of lake country. Where the rivers at one time ran out of their banks and cause flooding, the feds built dams to impound water in nice fishing lakes. Pomona Lake, Melvern Lake, John Redmon Reservoir and the Wolf Creek lake also provide some excellent fishing and recreational boating. The end of the lake country is marked by seeing the Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant as you pass the Coffee County Airport.