Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Quick Trip to South Sumner County

Yesterday was a nice sunny spring day, and I decided late in the afternoon that it was time for a short trip.

I made a quick dash to southern Sumner County near the Oklahoma border. First stop was the Rose Hill Cemetery, just east of the town of South Haven. I found a cemetery still active and growing spread out over a fairly large area. In the back of the cemetery is a flag pole with a veteran's memorial, and just in front of that is a memorial to Rex Wise, a Navy veteran who was on the USS Oklahoma, and was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941.

I next headed down to Hunnewell for a visit. I stopped to again read the memorial to Hunnewell and the Real Cherokee Strip at Main St and US 177 highway, then drove back into town for a look. The community windmill and water pump is still there, even more encased with vines since the last time I saw it.

I had heard of an abandoned truss bridge over Shoo-Fly Creek just east of Hunnewell, so I started out on 200th Street (the Kansas/Oklahoma border) to find it. I could not get through yesterday though, due to a very muddy rutty road. Will have to try again some other time.

After a quick trip east to the town of Ashton, I then headed to Wellington for dinner at Fabiola's Mexican Restaurant. I ordered tacos de carne asada, which were very good. The grilled steak was very tender and they brought a plate with chopped tomatoes, chopped onion and cilantro, lettuce, and shredded cheese to add to the tacos. This seemed even fresher that the pico de galle I usually get with this dish at other restaurants.

Fabiola's is open Tuesday thru Friday for lunch, closed afternoons and open again for dinner. They are open Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 9 PM. Closed Mondays. Phone 620-326-6554 for more information.

All in all, I had a great 5 hour trip.

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