I'm a wife, mother, and grandma, I live on the plains of central Kansas. I have chickens, goats and a miniature donkey. I also share my life with a very special toy Australian Shepherd, Wylie. Life doesn't get any better than that.
Wylie and I spent another winter day at the lake. We went to Kanoplis, needing the exercise that the trails offered.
A well-traveled trail. We were the only ones on the trail, when it’s nice you can expect to see horses and hikers.
The trails were wonderful to walk, until someone got a sticker in his paw and even though I removed it, he didn’t want to walk on the trail, I had to pack him out. Mention the word sticker and he will snarl at you!
Beautiful ice sculptures.
Someone built a really nice shelter.
This is our new little exploring vehicle. After a long hike it’s nice to have a meal and a nap!! Can’t wait to see all the adventures it will take us on. Not much longer than a full-sized pickup easy to get around, but you have to watch for low hanging limbs and other objects.
It was a beautiful winter day at the Kanoplis Lake. I always like to go this time of the year to see the eagles in their nest. This pair has been coming to this spot for years. The park closes the trails around their nest.
Temperatures were in the 50’s today, but we’ve had some really cold weather with wind chills in the -10! Parts of the lake are frozen over.
Wylie, the rock climber, we didn’t make it to the top!
So thankful for the nice winter day. It’s going to change tomorrow and get cold again with only a slight chance of moisture.
This was such a unique sound that I hadn’t heard before on our early morning walks. What made it even more interesting was that I had been on the phone the previous day to Dell support in India. When you have their support they “take over” your computer and in no time it’s running again like new!! Amazing, I highly recommend Dell computers and support. The tech saw my home screen and comment how beautiful it was and if that’s where I lived. That started a great conversations about our countries, one of the things he told me about were the monkeys and other wildlife. The first thing I thought about when I heard this sound coming from the trees, monkeys! Of course I know there are no wild monkeys in Kansas. I recorded the sound and sent it to my son. He told me they were Barred owls. It certainly is awesome to hear, I haven’t seen them yet but hopefully we will.
Officially the first day of summer, it arrived last night at 10:31pm. It certainly doesn’t feel like summer, it’s only in the mid 80’s. After a week of scorching temperatures, our high was 106. That was hot. Wheat harvest has started, but was slowed a bit today after some showers last night.
The sky was so blue with bright puffy clouds. Just had to get out!!
Today was the first cool morning we’ve had all week. It was wonderful to be out for an early morning walk.
A little sun dog.
We were out just after sunrise. In fact we woke up a little fawn that was in the tall grass along side the road. I wasn’t able to get any photos of it as I had to get ahold of Wylie! The little fawn ran along the road and then went back into the tall grass. Mom was out in the field watching!!
Cone Flowers Echinacea growing in the ditch. Some people use the flower buds and leaves for tea. I was taught to dig the root for tea. That’s what I drank last winter to boost my immune system. Just steep the root and enjoy!!
My therapy. We are so blessed to be out on the backroads. No other sounds, just Nature
Headed home from our walk, cowboys were in the pasture gathering cattle. Beautiful morning to be on horseback. Wishing you a wonderful blessed day.
It was a cool overcast day, a trip to the lake sounded like a great way to pass the day. I was surprised how many others had the same idea! The campgrounds (that were open) were almost full. The adults were sitting around the campfires all bundled up in their winter coats. All the kids were running around play, riding bikes and not on their electronic devices. There were numerous Boy Scouts troops camping. The hiking trails were also busy. Wonderful to see so many out enjoying nature!!
The Redbud trees have been especially beautiful this year. They are native to this region of Kansas.
The eagles are back on their nest. They have used this nest for several years.
After being inside due to sub zero temperatures, it was so nice to see a day with no wind and in the 60’s. Perfect day to head to one of my favorite parts of Kansas. Post Rock country in Lincoln County, and parts of western Ottawa County.