Friday, October 13, 2017


Some of you wondered if Mr. David's Office Supplies did my staple job.   No, I did call in Mr. David's Fastener and Emergency Closure Service, and their tech. did a valiant job of shaving and butterflying the wound.   In the end his efforts failed and he escorted me to Urgent Care.    He did try though.

I'm feeling fine and the staples peeking out from under my hair look like a little silver barrette, and I'm going with that.   It's a new look for me.

We had dinner at Jesse and Erin's house last night and today Dave and I took off for a little drive into the mountains.   We (I) forgot to take a map with us so we didn't get really creative on the National Forest roads but we did have an enjoyable time going off road once again.

beautiful Aspens have their feet in snow at higher elevations

The scenery was beautiful on the way home also.  Rolling foothills dotted with cattle and horse ranches with the mountains as a backdrop.

Pregnant or just well rounded?

As we approached Chatfield State Park on the way home, the late afternoon sun gave Denver's downtown buildings a rosy glow.

We'll meet Jesse and Erin at a neighborhood restaurant for dinner tonight.   It's so very nice to see them.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Chatfield State Park

We finally left Kansas, the bad weather moved away and we drove under blue skies.

We like the spot we have, views of the lake and nice privacy for second cup and happy hour outside.    I decided to "help" Dave set up our sitting area, spread out the mat, put up the x pen, move the picnic table....

see those dark spots in the gravel?   From me....

I should have let him do it.....

looks worse than it is.   I'm fine
  Yep, 8 staples in my head from the edge of the fire pit.   Damn.

This morning Dave took over and set everything up nicely for our second cup.   I'll leave this  job to him in the future.

Monday, October 9, 2017


Sunday the three of us went in search of water.   We often find ourselves doing that....not a surprise that our cottage is on the shore of a lake.   Pam and John's "lunch with a view" photo is almost always from an elevated position, looking out over some beautiful and rocky landscape.    Our lunches out are usually beside some body of water.

Wilson Lake near the dam

Yesterday we took the 18 mile Post Rock Scenic Byway between Wilson, Kansas (the Czech capitol of Kansas) and Lucas, Kansas (the Grassroots Art Capitol of Kansas) and on the way we passed by Wilson Lake (the Clearest Lake in Kansas).

Wilson lake is beautiful and clear and big.   Plenty of room for us to find a spot all by ourselves to set up our beach chairs and have lunch.

guys guys....are we gonna eat or swim first, guys, swim or eat?

And chase sticks and dig in the sand and run around like a lunatic.  There may or may not have been some careful butterfly stalking also.

painted lady butterfly

It was hard to believe we were in Kansas.   I guess we shouldn't prejudge a place without actual knowledge.

After a lovely time in the sun we continued our drive along the Scenic Byway to little Lucas, you know, the Grassroots Art Capitol of Kansas.   Some examples of it's Grassroots Art below....

We also viewed The World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Version of the World's Largest Things situated in an ex school bus sitting in an alley behind The Garden of Eden.      I   am    not   kidding!

The Garden of Eden is a "log" (more of the local limestone cut and built to look like real logs) house built in 1905 by SP Dinsmoor.   A quirky Civil War Veteran, Mr. Dinsmoor also sculpted more than 150 creatures both political and biblical.
He and his first wife are entombed in a mausoleum on the property (yep, also built by Mr. Dinsmoor).   It is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been open to the public since 1907.    Quite a place.

Image result for picture of Garden of Eden in Kansas

Adam and Eve, complete with the apple and serpent

I don't know what this is, but it was really sparkly!

And, last but certainly not least, we used the Second Best Public Restroom in the United States in Lucas's Bowl Plaza, yes we did.

See the toilet with the lid up?   See the flush handle? (hubcaps) It's as decorated inside as it is outside.

ladies room sink

bottle end stained glass window

We were on overload as we drove away from Lucas.    I had one more world record holder to check out before going home for happy hour.   It was in Wilson, you'll remember it as the Czech Capitol of Kansas.

This small town seems very depressed.  It has the usual grain elevators, railroad tracks and tiny main street with some originally beautiful limestone buildings but we saw very few people.

Dave liked the variety offered for sale in this stamped metal "brick" store

Behold........The World's Largest Czech Egg.......20 feet high and hand painted in traditional Czech motifs

Our tour of Russell, Kansas and it's World's Best surroundings is over, we thoroughly enjoyed this unplanned stop.

 We did stay here one extra day (today) because snow is falling at our ultimate destination  and the temperature overnight is forecast to be 18 degrees there.
The wind was howling all day so we pulled the slide in and took care of business all day, bills, cooking, laundry, groceries and all other domestic activities.

We're on the road again in the morning.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Saturday, part 2

Two days in Russell, Kansas.   When we first decided to stop here for a few days we thought we'd just stay in and read or watch movies.   We'd been driving for 6 straight days and a rest sounded good, not much to see in the middle of Kansas farming and oil country, we thought.

Merry Christmas?

Here it is Sunday night and we haven't read a page or turned on the television.   Yesterday we drove into "town" to look around.      Russell has some very cute houses lining its wide, brick streets.

It has many lovely buildings made out of the local limestone.

It has a very nice lake, Fossil Lake, just a short walk from our campground and is loaded with fish.

Dave reads the list of fish that have been caught in Fossil Lake

As we drove around looking for the "downtown" area, we noticed that Main Street was blocked off and it looked like there may be a farmer's market or festival going on there.     It was a lovely day for a walk, we wanted to see the business section so we parked and set off on foot to see what was going on.

This weekend was a celebration of All Years Reunion, with a BBQ and Pie competition, a car show, and entertainment in the evenings.   We were too late to enjoy any of the BBQ or pie but the smell was still divine!    We were too early for the musical entertainment but we were exactly right on time for the car show!

Russell is in the center of  Post Rock Country.   We'd never heard of post rocks but we did notice the rather odd looking fence lines as we drove along and wondered what they were. 

The Chamber of Commerce building here was closed up tight but we did find a small brochure that told us a very little about these posts, but piqued our curiosity.    Google finally came to the rescue.

In this relatively treeless landscape the early settlers discovered a thin layer of rather soft yellow/tan limestone just below the surface that could be easily mined and cut into posts.

a future fence post!

 The stone hardens as it is exposed to the air, making perfect  posts.   The locals even call it Fencepost Limestone.

Close inspection of these posts reveals many fossils embedded in the stone.

Some people give vent to their creative urges by carving faces into the posts, but they're hard to notice driving by.   I did manage to spot one today, it was quite beautiful, but out in the middle of nowhere.   Dave, being Dave, happily backed up so I could get a picture to show you.

Today, Sunday, we packed a lunch, loaded up Lewis and set off to see what we could see.   More later.