Lizard Lips is a place that ERV likes to go.

Also known as Country Junction, Lizard Lips was the object of a Kansas Explorers Club campaign in 2000 to get 1,000 Explorers to go there and make a $5 purchase.  Every off season Lizard Lips had to take out a $5,000 loan to keep the small staff employed.  Explorers wanted to help. More than a 1,000 people did go to make the $5 purchase!

Lizard Lips is a combination convenience store, grill and deli, and bait shop.

If you're driving by, stop for a daily special or sandwich or get it to go for a picnic at the nearby reservoir and state park.

Helper Tishamarie showcases one of the bait options -- worms!

Lizard Lips is open seven days a week from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and is located at the Toronto exit on U.S. 54.

From Lizard Lips, take K-105 south into Toronto.  Toronto, population 280, is the town closest to Toronto Reservoir and Cross Timbers State Park.  It's also on the northern end of the Chautauqua Hills physio-graphic region.

Toronto, like many towns, has abandoned buildings.  The facades tell the story of a once prosperous town.  


Somehow these towns still find a way to keep going. 

Note the library, the market and deli, and the city hall.  There is lots of action at the library and it serves as the town information center, too! 
"Courtney's Places" utilizes one of the older buildings in town. (120 W Main, 620.637.0175). She is open Wednesday-Saturday 6-8 p.m. and Sunday 6-7 p.m.  If you want pizza, she opens at 4 p.m. on those days.

As soon as you swing open the "Rainbo Bread" screen door and step inside, you'll know that you've stepped into an Explorer experience.

Cloth tablecloths, eclectic wooden chairs.

Cloth napkins.  Tiny white lights. 

Murals.  Homey touches.  Sometime they have music.

And this is one-of-a-kind Courtney.  She continues to adapt the place to meet the needs of her customers.  It's made-from-scratch Italian sauces and recipes and the hand-tossed pizza with imaginative toppings is so good.  Her desserts are tops on the temptation list, too!

It's a great find in a small town.

There are some really good trails at Cross Timbers State Park.  Three of our favorites are Chautauqua Hills Trail, Overlook Trail, and Ancient Timbers Trail.

This is the start to the Chautauqua Hills Trail.  The short scenic loop is 1 1/2 miles.  Read more about our hikes on these trails.

You never know what you'll find in and just beyond these small towns.  Give them a try!