Last week, two guys from Norway dropped into an area business. They said they had traveled all the way to Barton County specifically to hunt at Cheyenne Bottoms.
Before the start of the Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning, two more guys from Memphis walked into the commission’s chambers. They were looking for information on hunting licenses and regulations, and maps of walk-in hunting areas.
In the span of a few days, two incidents shined light on the importance of what many of us here take for granted – the bottoms and the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway.
And, its not just hunters. The Kansas Department of Transportation agreed to increase the amount it is willing to grant for improvements to the Cheyenne Bottoms Scenic Overlook between Hoisington and Claflin.
The grant jumped from $60,000 to $90,000. Without hesitation, the commission Monday approved the amended request.
Sitting just of K-4, the overlook sits on a high spot with an incredible view of the wetlands. It attracts birdwatchers, tourists and others who just want to take in the scenery.
Those from out of state and from abroad can see the beauty and significance of the bottoms and the byway. Perhaps, those of us who live here should also take a closer look.