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Monday, April 01, 2002

Sand hill terrain

 

I had a window seat for my flight from Phoenix back to Kansas City. It was a mostly clear day. I spent most of the flight looking out the window studying the terrain.

There is some very nice terrain in the middle of Kansas. Central Kansas is filled with small areas of sand hills. Here is a topo map of an area near Great Bend. There is a small state park with this sort of terrain near Hutchinson. We've got an old black and white map of the park.

Central Nebraska has some huge areas of sand hills. One of the most interesting areas is a part of the Nebraska National Forest near Halsey. The topo map shows areas of low forested hills. The forest -- Ponderosa Pines -- was planted about a hundred years ago by professor at the University of Nebraska.

The Nebraska forest looks like it might make for interesting orienteering or rogaining terrain. It might make for a worthwhile weekend camping trip.

The U.S. must be full of interesting orienteering terrain that has yet to be discovered by orienteers. I bet there are a lot of interesting areas that are in the middle of nowhere; places like the Nebraska National Forest. On my next flight, I'll try to get a window seat and see what I can find.

posted by Michael | 7:32 PM

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