Category Archives: Day Trips

Red Buds and Eagles

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.

Perfect Day To Be On The Backroads

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.

Wide open spaces

Remains of a stone fence

Root cellar

Wylie and a big round rock.

Not A Normal Winter

It’s been a while since I posted and the format is completely different. Maybe that’s a good thing? We’ll see.

It hasn’t been our “normal” Kansas winter, (but what is normal anymore?). Mild temps and no moisture. It is wonderful being about to be outside without freezing your fingers and toes. We certainly have enjoyed being out and of course our long walks.

Our drive thru Maxwell Game Preserve. The bull elk were separated (by choice) from the cows. They were peacefully grazing.

On the west side of the preserve is the McPherson County State Lake. There are hiking trails, fishing, also 1 cabin that you can rent. There is some construction on to the west of the lake. It looks like a maybe camp ground is being built.

Fog And Smoke

We have been having a beautiful September!! The mornings are so cool and there has been a lot of fog. My favorite time of day are our early morning walks.

Sunrise through the fog.

Sunrise through the smoke from all the fires out West. It looks more like the moon! Thankful that we can’t smell the smoke. Prayers for all the firefighters and all in the those effected by the fires.

Signs of autumn. My favorite season!

Pan Fried Chicken Day!!

Mr. Farmer was needing to go to Buhler KS to take back some combine wheels. He asked if Wylie and I wanted to ride along. I said sure!! but we have to go on a Thursday. Why Thursday he asked, I told him that’s when Lavon’s serves “pan fried chicken”!! It seemed like a long wait til Thursday. Wylie and I had been there before on a Friday, when she serves Verenika, and many other items including BBQ. I couldn’t wait to go back for the “pan fried chicken”.

Welcome to Lavon’s Bakery and BBQ.

So many choices and all of it so good!!! (photo from previous trip, everyone today had masks on)

They have a patio that offers outdoor dining, surrounded by flowers and hummingbird feeders. Wylie didn’t want to bother the cat. We chose another table!

I meant to take a photo of my plate of pan fried chicken, real mashed potatoes and gravy (made with the drippings of the chicken), but it was too late. I had eaten it already! Oh and don’t forget to get a piece of pie!! My favorite – coconut cream!

You really must make a trip to Lavon’s Bakery and BBQ in Buhler. The owners are wonderful people and you will not find a better home cooked meal. Let me know when you are going – I could meet you there!!!

Here is a link to their website. https://lavonsbakeryandbbq.com

Be sure to visit them on Facebook

Hey Mr. Farmer, I will make a parts run to Buhler anytime (as long as it’s Thursday or Friday)!

Good News

This is good news!! Located in Durham, KS (population 112) is one of the best places to eat. It had been closed due to the floods last year. I was so happy to see this sign that it’s open again.

Home cooking at its best.

Main Street Cafe & Bakery hours: closed Sunday and Monday, open Tuesday thru Saturday 7am-2pm

Main Street Durham

Such a beautiful clock.

I was here on Sunday, but will make sure I get back for a great meal. We’ll meet you there!