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KANSAS SALT MINES & COSMOSPHERE!!! March 19th update. RESERVATIONS ETC

Saw this on PBS... you all know i love caves...This is the Strataca salt mines in Hutchinson KS. We drop 650 feet into the ground and into a time capsule. Website says visit is 2+ hrs. Cost $19 which includes Train and Tram rides underground. After we will head to the final frontier... Kansas Cosmosphere for lunch in the food court, then explore the museum. Cost $17 w $5 off fr salt mines.   Some are considering staying the night as its 3.5 hr  drives each way. Either go down Friday night and come back Sat night, or as posted and come back Sunday. Consider that as carpools form. (For those doing all the same day...leave KC @ 6 am, arrive at mines @ 9:30, enjoy until 11:30+, drive to Cosmophere and lunch until 12:30+, enjoy Cosmo until 2:30+, drive back and at KC @ 6:00+) This is an General intenarary. More updates to come Trippers! WATCH COMMENTS FOR ADDED INFORMATION!!!

Call the mines @[masked] to reserve 10 am tour and purchase ticket if haven't yet. If 10 am tour is full, do 10:20. Get the SALT BLAST ticket that includes the rides :)

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  • Roy H.

    This was a great day trip. Enjoyed both the salt mine and space museum. Company on drive down and back was very enjoyable. Thanks Rich for organizing the trip.

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • Marcia V.

    Both were fantastic!!! Rich, you are awesome!!!

    1 · March 24, 2014

  • Barbara S.

    Great outing!! Thank you Rich. We ended up being at the coffee house a bit longer than thought after the mines hence no museum. Thanks for organizing the trip.

    1 · March 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yay !!! What a great trip - the drive, the room, the company . . . all - the coolest EVER !! Thank you Rich

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Sharon

    learned a lot. Interesting and well organized.

    2 · March 23, 2014

  • Brenda

    I am so glad we made this trip. Thank you so much, Rich, for your wonderful skills of organization. I bet none of us would have had this remarkable experience without your help. Can't wait for the next one1

    2 · March 23, 2014

  • Rich R.

    What a fun day!!! Thank you Roy for you taxi efforts. (Your car ROCKS) yes lunch sucked. Sorry for that. Brochures tricked me lol. My three roomies were troopers the whole trip. Thank you to all of us that made each other h ave some fun!!!

    3 · March 22, 2014

    • Candy T.

      thank you, Rich for organizing this wonderful trip! You even made name tags for us! I look forward to many more trips with this group!

      1 · March 23, 2014

  • marilyn l.

    yes I can see where RESERVATIONS are needed

    March 23, 2014

  • Carol M.

    Another wish crossed off my bucket list. A big thanks to Rich & Roy.

    3 · March 23, 2014

  • Gina

    Thank you, Rich, for putting this one together! Had a great day. Enjoyed road tripping and the sights in Hutchinson. :)

    3 · March 23, 2014

  • Kevin

    Great Meetup Rich. Thanks for coordinating this, it was really a great day.

    3 · March 22, 2014

  • Rich R.

    It salt mine ROCKED!!!

    2 · March 22, 2014

  • Pam

    Great trip and company! Thanks Rich for organizing this trip

    2 · March 22, 2014

  • Barbara S.

    Dumb phone on the road

    1 · March 21, 2014

  • Barbara S.

    Wesley and I ate inn the road to Hutch see every one tomorrow

    1 · March 21, 2014

  • Roy H.

    I have sent Kevin, Carol and Gina an email about parking and pick up for the trip. See everyone tomorrow.

    Roy

    1 · March 21, 2014

  • Alice H.

    Since I have not heard from anyone I am guessing there are no rides left and probably no tickets for 10:00, so I am cancelling. I will make another day trip soon.

    March 17, 2014

    • Rich R.

      Sorry to hear Alice. Seeya on another.

      March 19, 2014

  • Rich R.

    Thanks Pamela for weather update! Per Pam... mine is 68, so light jacket recommended. Wichita Friday 72, Hutchinson Saturday 52.

    March 19, 2014

  • Alice H.

    Anyone going for the day have a space left?
    I am a non smoker.

    March 16, 2014

  • Roy H.

    Presently I have 3 persons (Gina, Kevin and Carol) and myself. I will be picking everyone up at 6 o'clock and the Overland Park Medical Center.

    March 15, 2014

    • Alice H.

      Roy any chance you have a spot for me?

      March 16, 2014

  • Rich R.

    Just talked with salt. There is one spot left for 10am tour, so that means we are all together!!!!! 1020 tour is empty, so any late arrivals will still be with us. I will wait for everyone before I go in. PLEASE be considerate and remove yourself if not going. DID I SAY WE ARE GOING DEEPER UNDERGROUND THAN THE ST LOUIS ARCH IS HIGH?...Well we are :)

    March 15, 2014

  • Rich R.

    My number is[masked]-4198. We will meet at entrance at 9:30. They need us there no later than 9:45, so plan accordingly to arrive by then. I'm staying at Wichita Hyatt Friday night. Those going down Friday, we will gather that evening to explore the riverfront. Those still looking to carpool...continue to post your needs and questions. I UNDERSTAND THIS IS NOT JUST A DOWN THE ROAD TRIP, BUT WE ARE THE MOKAN DAYTRIPPERS...WE KNOW NO BOUNDARIES:)

    March 15, 2014

  • Rich R.

    EVERYONE!!! If looking for riders...click on a person's picture that you might be Interested in riding with. Send a note to them. This is a fun trip to do.

    March 14, 2014

    • Carol M.

      I'm suppose to ride w/ Roy but have not heard from him. Whoever is riding w/him let me know what's going on.

      March 14, 2014

  • Brenda

    Have 10:00 reservation. Still planning to go + 1

    March 14, 2014

  • Alice H.

    I would like to ride with someone who is not staying overnite. How do we connect?

    March 14, 2014

    • Rich R.

      Hi Alice. Your post is a start. Also read thru comments. If someone fits your need, click on their picture and send them an email. Roy is going Sat w Carol I believe.

      March 14, 2014

    • Rich R.

      Also Marilyn L is going Sat.

      March 14, 2014

  • Rich R.

    Our comment section topped out at 99, so I went in and deleted some to make room for those still going. Please take no offense for deletions.

    March 13, 2014

  • Carol M.

    Hey Rich-what is the cost of the cosmosphere?

    March 12, 2014

    • Rich R.

      hi Carol. $17 w $5 off with salt mine ticket stub.

      March 12, 2014

  • Rich R.

    If anyone has questions or concerns, post or contact me. I know this isn't just down our street. Looking forward to seeing you all. WE WILL DO NAMETAGS...IF YOU STILL HAVE YOURS, BRING...BUT I'LL HAVE COPIES IF NOT. have a safe drive, and please plan to arrive by 9:30, I've never been there, but safe to assume we will meet at main office gate ticket counter. Me...New York hat, name tag. Safe travels everyone!!!

    March 11, 2014

  • Sharon

    Remember to keep your salt mine ticket to show at the space center to get the $5 off.

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Roy H.

    I am leaving Saturday morning. We have room for two. It is a non-smoking car. I can pick persons up along I-435 from Wornall west. I am picking up 1 person at the Overland Park Regional Med Center. We have reservations for 10:00 am tour. Returning Saturday evening. You can reach my email at "[masked]".

    1 · February 26, 2014

    • Carol M.

      I would love to join you

      1 · February 28, 2014

  • Kevin

    I have my ticket for the 10 am adventure. Anyone looking for a passenger? I used some points but I'm at the Marriott, just down the road from the Hyatt. I'll share gas expenses; the hotel room is free and you can even have your own bed. No snoring, sleep walking, or middle-of-the-night noises (I'm a light sleeper).

    1 · February 19, 2014

  • Rich R.

    Those looking to carpool, room share...post what you're looking for or contact others privately by clicking on their picture, and send them an email.

    1 · February 19, 2014

  • Barbara S.

    Which tour (time) do I have to call my reservations in for at the Saltmines? I just remembered that reservations are needed

    1 · February 15, 2014

    • Merilee

      I did not know about reservations for Saltmines... Do we need them?

      February 15, 2014

    • Rich R.

      Highly suggested M. See above info.

      February 19, 2014

  • Candy T.

    I bought my tix and will plan on staying at the Hyatt in Wichita

    1 · February 19, 2014

    • Rich R.

      Great Candy. We are shooting to arrive at 3pm check in.

      February 19, 2014

    • Candy T.

      not sure what time I will arrive but it will probably be in early evening, really do not want to use a vaca day. luckily I have some points with hyatt so I can stay free for the night

      1 · February 19, 2014

  • marilyn l.

    going down thatmorning.

    1 · February 19, 2014

    • Rich R.

      Hi Marilyn. Yes call and reserve 10am time.

      February 19, 2014

  • Barbara S.

    Groupon bought and reservations made for the 10 am on 3/22.

    1 · February 19, 2014

  • Rich R.

    CALL AND MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS FOR 10 AM. 28 PEOPLE LIMIT PER TOUR. NEXT IS 10:40 AM. AND 40 MINUTES APART THEREAFTER. IF YOU BOUGHT A GROUPON, OR JUST WANT TO BUY TIX AND RESERVE TIME,CALL THEM AT[masked]-3450. If you wait to buy there, will probably be sold out as its spring break time. Purchase salt blast tour that includes everything.

    1 · February 18, 2014

    • Pam

      Got my tic 10:00. :)

      1 · February 19, 2014

  • Barbara S.

    Yoder is just south of Hutch, small Amish community. The Carriage House is a nice family style restaurant there. I lived in Hutch for a few years

    1 · January 15, 2014

    • Rich R.

      Thanks Barbara. This trip we're going to food court at cosmo. They close early at 5pm that day. Great suggestion tho!

      February 17, 2014

  • Rich R.

    I'm going down Friday and booking swanky hotel in Wichita overlooking river and old town. Very cool place. Merimo is my partner in chrime and Is carpooling with me. So we can take two others to room share. About $30 each and stay.

    February 1, 2014

    • Rich R.

      Hi Candy. Hyatt Wichita. $109 a night.

      February 16, 2014

    • Rich R.

      Also, there are many hotels in Wichita and a few in Hutchinson. Expedia has them from $40s up. Just figured more options in Wichita makes up for short drive to Hutchinson.

      February 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    hey kids - I just got a Groupon (2 for $24 - Salt Blast Pass - includes both the Train Ride and the Dark Ride) that Rich and I are using. It looks like a prettysweet deal - if you want to do the Groupon you'll need to purchase it rather quickly - the offer's gonna expire ("Limited Time Available" - I don't know what that means exactly. . .).

    2 · February 17, 2014

    • Gina

      Roy was first, so I will split it with him, but groupon still has it posted, so others can get the discounted price too, if you hurry.

      February 17, 2014

    • Rich R.

      Thanks Elisa. Salt blast was what I called you about. Great job on picking that one.

      February 17, 2014

  • Rich R.

    They were closed today. Will call tomorrow to get reservation details. Since some are driving in Sat morning, we'll shoot for 10 am to give them some extra time. Will UPDATE Tuesday. Thanks TRIPPERS.

    February 17, 2014

  • Rich R.

    Merimo, Pamela and Elisa are my travel roomies. Everyone talk freely and plan car pools etc. I will look into reservations needed for mines. PLEASE UPDATE YOUR RSVP SO I CAN DO SO. IF NOT GOING, REMOVE RSVP. THANKS TRIPPERS!

    February 16, 2014

  • Rich R.

    Had a great day at UNION STATION. I will do my homework and reply to all on this trip soon.

    February 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wanna go !!! I like swanky !! I don't snore!! I have a sleeping bag or I will buy lunch !! If I know coffee is on the horizon I can be quite pleasant in the mornings - just sayin'. . . so, how fun are you guys ?! Yep, way fun. . . . wooHooooooo

    1 · February 14, 2014

    • Rich R.

      Ok you're my forth roomie Elisa. Seeya Sunday at movies.

      February 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yay !!! I just want to say that I'm prettysure I don't snore. . . . but if I do (and I'm not saying I do) it's just a baby-bear snore.

      1 · February 15, 2014

  • Rich R.

    Bring on the spring!!! Everyone please post and comment. Talk freely about your ideas and suggestions. This will be a very fun trip. As posted I have so far two car /roomies and have room for one more. All consider your travel options and plan accordingly.

    February 5, 2014

    • Roy H.

      I shoveled by neighbors and my driveways today. I have myself and two riders for a day trip to the salt mines.

      1 · February 5, 2014

  • rebecca

    I'll probably want to make this trip in two days. Don't know yet if I'll bring a guest. Might be open to carpooling...

    1 · February 3, 2014

  • Brenda

    Groupon has 2admits for $24 to Stratica

    2 · January 28, 2014

    • Roy H.

      Michelle, I plan on driving down and making it a day trip. I have room for 3 (no smokers).

      February 2, 2014

    • Roy H.

      Michelle, my email is [masked]. I live close to I-435 and Wornall. Send me an email, I will be able to pick up persons south and west of my location.

      February 2, 2014

  • Michelle

    Is anyone going down on Sat?

    February 2, 2014

    • Gina

      I won't know for sure until it gets a little bit closer, but right now it looks like I may have to go Saturday morning.

      February 2, 2014

    • Michelle

      Me 2... I work til midnight

      February 2, 2014

  • Susan B

    I'm interested in going on the tours. I live in Manhattan, KS. Anyone else from this part of the prairie that would want to carpool with me?

    2 · January 31, 2014

  • Shirley h.

    I really want to come. This is my first time and not knowing anyone am a little nervous. I am coming from Omaha so definitely want to come on Friday, stay somewhere and carpool on Saturday. The weather also plays a part in it.

    1 · January 19, 2014

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