Monday, June 27, 2011

Whatever happened to Kansas?

So I am back from my little vacation! I could have used a few more days...okay, who am I kidding???? I could have used a few more weeks! But at this point I took what I could get. I didn't hear from the person downtown so I THINK all went well with the application process. I will get an interview as all inner office applicants will so I am not going to be too excited about that. The real tension comes After the interview is over. Thanks to all you who sent well wishes!
Soooo... I won't bore you with an interminable Slideshow of MY FAMILY VACATION but it was a beautiful little spot to go, as Talei Loto of Musings of an Aspiring Scribe would call it, "Glamping in a Tent". And though I am not much of a camper and might hesitate to give it such a name, I felt that once you take champagne with you, you are no longer just camping, you are indeed GLAMPING!!! 
We hit the road early and  made our way to Kansas. WHY KANSAS you ask???? 
I was asking the same question!
After all I grew up in Kansas and I know very well that Kansas looks like this:

  miles and miles of it! Not exactly the scenic vistas and lovely peaks we live within hours from. And when your driving on the plains the joke becomes "Didn't we just pass this farm?" because it feels as though you keep passing the same place over and over, never getting anywhere. At any rate, once we got there, it quickly became obviously that we had fallen in
 Down we went to find blue skies, a lingering sunset over a scenic lake and canyon walls to view the horizons from. All quite picturesque and most definitely unKansasie.
We pitched our tents..
Did some hiking, swimming (the water was a trifle cold for me, which surprised me as the water in Kansas is usually warm in the summer!!!) and the kids went out on a little canoeing adventure...
Mo's son Aubrey is in front, girlfriend Nisa in back steering and my son in the middle 
We sat out at night and drank champagne (as all cultured campers do) and watched the dragonflies put on a show and (thank god!) keep the biting gnats off their delighted audience (me!- who also played the part of gnat meal- yikes!).
Then later we watched as a Great Horned Owl swooped down so quick and low under a tree, I was convinced it was a fox. Then he flew up into a tree and down onto a table in an attempt to catch something we couldn't spot but the night hunter most definitely had his great eye on dinner! And when the sky was finally filled with a canopy of stars and the last droplets of liquid gold were gone, we went to our tents to listen to the whistling wind and the night calls of the coyote until at last we fell asleep. It was like living in an episode of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.

Oh and by the way... I have a surprise coming up on my blog which I am hoping everyone will enjoy. Keep your eye out as I don't post on regular day (although I don't really think that matters. Would you remember if I said I was going to post certain days? It seems like it would be hard to keep track anyway so I've never bothered to try. Let me know if you think it would be helpful!)

So how was your weekend?


  1. I drove through parts of Kansas last year for the first time - it did look pretty flat but I liked it! ;) Sounds like you had a great glamping vacation! hehe

    mmmm, champagne.............

  2. Hi Trish! Flat as a pancake! Except where we were and a few random hills. The highest point in the state is a few miles from the Colorado border called Mt. Sunflower. It's just the highest elevation because your headed toward Colorado (there's a video on youtube) otherwise, it's pretty much as you see it. The fields of golden wheat are lovely though...

  3. Pretty photos! (Especially of the drink ... :-) I love Kansas, but I'm from Oklahoma originally, which proves I can learn to love just about anything.

    Glad you had such a great trip, and glad that you're back to blogging!


  4. What magical shots. It looks as if you found the perfect place to glamp!

  5. Sounds idyllic, Danette. We all love camping too. Glamping even more so. But we traded our tents for a trailer a couple of years back...does that mean we go tramping?

  6. Hi E.J.: You can only go up from Oklahoma. I know... I was born and raised there so no insult that isn't directed right back at myself! :)

    Lady Fi: It was a lovely place to glamp! I could have used a few less bugs but I am spoiled here- we have so few bugs!

    Botanist: It was great and we had a lovely time. And I guess you would be tramping! Which is also quite pleasant.

  7. While I'm not much of a camper, I could be tempted if champagne was involved. ;-) I love the Midwest!!

  8. Kansas sounds and looks kool to me :)

  9. Absolutely gorgeous pictures. You make me want to go to wonder that band of the same name is always on "Supernatural".

  10. Liz, I probably take the midwest for granted having lived there too many years. The prairies have their own special beauty.

    Hi Zella! Kansas is not terribly kool at this time of year in fact it's downright hot! ;) But I don't mind the warm weather.

    Michael, I should have put a Kansas song on to play whilst looking at the photos! I wasn't thinking! Love that band!!!

  11. Welcome back!! And Glamping is so much more with champers right? ;-)

    Actually Glamping is huge here in the UK, some fabulous little places hideaway in even if for a few days!

    Posting on certain days? I do as I think people tend to try and find you on certain days and like to know when your blog is updated but its really up to the individual. I also love that you can blog whenever your mood feels like it. ;)

    Cheers my dear ! x

  12. Ps. Fab pics!! A really lovely spot to set up camp! That water looks so welcoming after the heat here. And the champers pic - well... * clink clink* ;)

  13. Hi, Danette. Love these pictures! I've traveled across country, through Kansas, many many times in the past with my daughter, but won't do this anymore--can't. But these pictures bring back fond memories. So glad you had a lovely vacation. (The air is so clear in the Midwest; that's one of the things I noticed during our travels.)

    I just did catch up on your posts. Just read the one where you talked about the DPL, saw the pics of the buildings and the ones of what the public doesn't see--the back rooms. And all of my fingers are crossed for the new position! That would be wonderful!! I hope you get it!!!
    Ann Best, Memoir Author


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