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Causeway to Nowhere

It started with a dead-end road...

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The water level in El Dorado Lake in south-central Kansas has been dropping dramatically in the last several months; I've been taking pictures from a vantage point on the Flint Hills Scenic Byway since August. On this trip to Wichita, I wanted to find a different vantage point, so I decided to follow a sign promising boat ramps. Which led me here...


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A blocked-off road and a bridge, but still no clue what's beyond it.

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The bridge itself still looked pretty intact...

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...until you got close.

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And it still wasn't clear what this was. What was the bridge crossing, and where was it going?

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Once across, the road deteriorated, overgrown and with trees popping up through the asphalt.

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Near the edge, it was crumbling away; I believe the flat area at left is normally covered by water.

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And here we see the lake view I was originally looking for, as well as what this used to be - a causeway crossing an arm of the lake. (When I got home, I looked up the exact location... https://maps.app.goo.gl/VLg2o9xGKnY1z469A ) You can see how far the water level has fallen; the entire plain should be water.

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Another view of how the road is crumbling away. I like the colors here - blue/red/green/grey.


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Turned around and heading back.

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Again, this should all be water.

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A last bit of graffiti on the bridge. Interesting to see the Colorado flag here.
 
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