High Plains Scenic Byway
After a byway nomination is accepted, documenting the road mile-by-mile is the first step in gaining final approval to become a Kansas Byway. On Monday we started the mile-by-mile process along High Plains Scenic Byway.
High Plains Scenic Byway will run from the intersection of Highways 40 and 27 in Sharon Springs north to the Nebraska state line, on Highway 27 the entire way. We drove from mile marker 156 to mile marker 162. No one could ask for a better day to examine the scenic beauty of Highway 27, gorgeous green earth and blue skies, perfect temperature and little wind.
These three trees stand just south of the Wallace-Sherman County line along the railroad. Because of the cold spring we’ve had, none of them has leafed out.
Various wildflowers dotted the road’s right of way.
The green wheat swayed softly in the gentle breeze. Some of the fields had thin stands, but the heads were beautiful.
The roadway cut shows the structure of the soil.
Small animals have burrowed in many places in this cut. This one with the roots hanging into it looks like an entrance to a haunted house.
The most beautiful place in this High Plains Scenic Byway section lies in the middle, the North Fork of the Smoky Hill River.
This blessed rainy spring has filled the river with water and made the hills green.
The reeds are at least waist high, although we didn’t care to wade in to measure.
We hope this trucker was enjoying the byway as much as we were.by