Monday was our last full day of Kansas before we had to head back home. We had decided to visit the world’s largest ball of twine. The ball was in Cawker City, which was a little over three hours from Lawrence. We really spent a lot of time on the road in Kansas, which was appropriate for a Supernatural themed road trip, don’t you think? I think I kinda fell in love with Interstate 70. Flat roads, pretty scenery, and 75 mile an hour speed limit! Come on, what’s not to love? If only Sam and Dean had been traveling with us………sorry, I got sidetracked…..where was I? Oh, yeah, heading to Cawker City.
I live in a small town in Tennessee but Cawker City was even smaller. Honestly, I don’t remember seeing but two people who actually lived there. We did see another couple pull up and look at the ball of twine (more like make out in front of the ball of twine…..thought they might need a room at the inn) but that was it. The town was only missing tumbleweed blowing across the road.
Sam and Amy may not have been impressed with the size of the ball of twine but I thought it was pretty huge. It only smelled slightly, which was surprising to me as I’d read reports that it smelled like it is rotting. It’s under a shelter but I’m sure it still gets wet occasionally. There was a mailbox with a notebook where you could leave a message.
The souvenir shop is across the street and the web site said to email or call to let the owner know ahead of time that you were coming. Meredith had emailed that morning but apparently we should have emailed a day or two ahead of time since nobody was there. A sign on the shop gave us a number to call or it said we could go up the street to the Ball of Twine Inn. We drove up to the Inn which looked as deserted as everything else but we could hear voices coming from inside. There was a gated patio area and Meredith and Thena walked on into the Inn. Suddenly from inside I hear a surprised yell. Still not sure if it was only the lady or all three of them scaring each other. LOL
The lady who owned the Inn was very nice and tried to call the lady who owned the souvenir shop but couldn’t get hold of her. She said that normally they would have twine at the Inn that we could add to the ball but she didn’t have any that day. She kept trying to call but couldn’t get an answer so she said, “You can just go to her house. It’s right over there,” and pointed toward a street. She said her son would show us where it was. This boy who is about 12 years old comes out and grabs his bike. Meredith says, “Can we just walk over there?” I’m like, “We’re not walking! We have no idea where we’re going and we’re for sure going to have somehow to get away if we need too!” Creepy Stull guy had made me wary of small town Kansas.
So, we’re following this boy on a bicycle through a seemingly deserted Kansas town, going eight miles an hour, and have no idea of our destination. Luckily, the woman’s house wasn’t far and when we got close enough the boy just pointed to it, turned around on his bike and headed back the way he came. Not strange at all, especially since the place he pointed us to was called the Almost Done Inn. Did that mean the Inn was almost done or that we were??
The Inn proved to be as deserted as the rest of the town. A sign on the door indicated that the occupants had “Gone Fishin’” and would be back around five. We couldn’t wait that long since it was such a long drive back to Lawrence and we wanted to do some shopping that evening before the shops closed. So, we left Cawker City without any souvenirs from the world’s largest ball of twine except for the memories.
On the way back to Lawrence we stopped to take pics of some buffalo we had spotted on the way to Cawker City. Interstate 70 also proved to be the perfect place to make music videos.
Our ear shattering rendition of Eye of The Tiger: http://youtu.be/CL4TjG3QUEQ
Our moving version (as in, you may want to move away from the computer) of Wanted Dead or Alive: http://youtu.be/Ik4A_tmjncE
After we returned to Lawrence we checked out some of the shops on Massachusetts Street. When we were just about shopped out and were heading to find some food, we found a place that made t-shirts. We were reading some of the designs from the window and found one that had definitions for Lawrence on it. There were already two so we wondered if we could use that design and add our own definition. Luckily, we could and we got the most epic shirts ever…..easily the best souvenir of the whole trip.
After eating at a pizzeria place that wasn’t so great but had a wishing well reminiscent of Wishful Thinking (no wishes were made because as you know, “wishes go bad”) we made a visit to the Cupcake Construction Company and had some wonderfully delicious cupcakes. I should have gotten about a dozen to go!
Once back at the hotel the realization set in that we would be leaving Kansas the next morning. We had become strangely fascinated with the University of Kansas rock chalk chant and had been singing it all weekend. On our last night in Lawrence we made a video of the chant. It took us 11 times before we could do it without laughing. Meredith and I couldn’t stand next to each other without laughing and what Thena and Meredith didn’t realize was I had to look at their ghostly faces in the dark before turning on the camera so I was already laughing before I ever took my place in line.
Our Rock Chalk video: http://youtu.be/FnF9K874bLQ