I saw the El Dorado Lake for the first time on my way to Chicago, in the fall of 2012. I went by bus, and when the interstate cut through the north side of the lake, my attention was caught by dead trees coming out of the water. "It would be cool to take a picture of," I thought. That's what I did last weekend, nearly three years after the first contact.
Back then, as the bus kept going, I didn't have any clue what have I just seen. That changed several months later when I drove from Wichita to Kansas City. I recognized the familiar scenery again, and I noticed a road sign, "El Dorado State Park next exit." This put it on a map. So when I headed on the same interstate last weekend to attend a media convention, I used it as an opportunity to finally make the turn.
Besides the lake, I got to see some industrial, too, as I found out that El Dorado is also home to a refinery producing around 135,000 barrels of crude oil per day. Might as well..
My plan was to stay until the evening, hoping to get some nice sunset. And oh, it worked!
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Published by: Jakub Stepanovic in Stories