From Kentucky to Kansas on the 38th Parallel

This week in their travels along the 38th parallel, Janet and David Carle continued west, finding connections to water and the environment in a former pirates’ cave along the Ohio River, Kaskaskia Island on the Mississippi, and the Population Center of the United States in Edgar Springs, Missouri. They watched the sunset with migrating birds at the Quivira Wildlife Refuge in Kansas, witnessed the effects of mining groundwater from the Ogllala Aquifer, and traveled the Santa Fe Trail.

From Janet and David Carle’s blog Parallel Universe: 38º North:

6a00d83453e6e169e20120a670cddb970c-200wiDown the Ohio to the Mississippi

We’ve been exploring one slice of the vast Ohio River watershed ever since we entered West Virginia: the New and Gauley Rivers, the Kentucky River, and the main course of the Ohio itself….Read More

6a00d83453e6e169e20120a670d2f4970c-200wi A Pioneering Pioneer Forest and the Population Center of the U.S.

Wendell Berry had suggested a visit to the Pioneer Forest in Salem, Missouri (37°34′) to learn about a half-century long experiment in sustainable forestry….Read More


6a00d83453e6e169e20120a670d426970c-200wi“One would as soon expect to see seagulls in Kansas” Mark Twain about Mono Lake

Well, we discovered there ARE seagulls in Kansas, and lots of them. Also cormorants, white pelicans and phalaropes. Central Kansas has the largest inland wetlands in the country….Read More

6a00d83453e6e169e20120a61974b2970b-200wiMining the Ogllala

We had experienced a lot of surface water when we visited the wildlife refuges in the middle of Kansas. Farther west, we are now in an entirely different water basin, a portion of the vast Ogallala Aquifer that extends from Nebraska down to Texas….Read More

6a00d83453e6e169e20120a61975f6970b-200wiSanta Fe Trail–Kansas to Eastern Colorado

Across much of Kansas, the historic Santa Fe Trail closely follows our target latitude line and, not coincidentally, also closely follows the Arkansas River, the major surface water source in this part of the country….Read More