Back From A Road Trip

Hello hello….Yes, I’m still here!

Sorry for my silence over the last few days, but Harland and I were away this weekend down in the southwest corner of Kansas, an 8 hour drive for us. We left Saturday afternoon, and drove all day getting into Liberal late that night.

Sunday, we attended the Kansas Sampler Festival, an annual event showcasing the best of what Kansas has to offer in tourism, foods, culture, etc.

And then Monday morning we got up at 4am to go out and watch Lesser Prairie Chickens. We’ve watched Greater Prairie Chickens many times, but have never seen the Lesser variety. Sadly, they spooked and left before it was light enough to take pictures and never came back. We were bummed, but at least we got to watch them for a little while in the pre-dawn light. Click HERE to go to a website about them where you can see pics and listen to their calls.

After we packed up our blinds, I took a few pics of native wildflowers, and then we hit the road.

On the way home we visited a century-old stone bridge over a creek where I got much closer to the muddy bank than I intended. Oh well, not the first time that’s happened. We got home last evening, unpacked, showered and fell into bed.


Soon I’ll share some pics from our travels. Stay tuned.



Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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7 Responses

  1. Karen says:

    Can’t wait to see the pictures of your travels! Too bad about the Prairie Chickens, oh well, maybe another time! xx

  2. Kara says:

    Bummer you didn’t see them! Can’t wait to see your pics… 🙂

  3. Tina says:

    My,my,my Lesser prairie chcikens? I never imagined there would be a lesser to go with the greater! I love old bridges and cannot wait for the pictures.

  4. Louise S says:

    Sounds like a busy weekend! I’m curious, how many hours to get to Liberal? I’m guessing 5?

    • Suzanne says:

      8 hours..and that’s without stopping which of course we did for meals, breaks, gas and such.

  5. Hollyce says:

    Lesser. Greater. What is the difference? Photos look the same to me. Guess I need to get out more.

    • Suzanne says:

      The greater is a little bigger, the neck sac on the lesser is more red, and their calls are a little different. They are both grouse though and look almost exactly alike. They are so closely related in fact that they can interbreed.

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