Friday, June 06, 2008

Weather Let-Down

Although some Kansans got a free circus in their backyards thanks to tornadoes, there was very little action around our part of the state. Actually, it was a pretty big disappointment. I went to bed at eight (not my usual bedtime, but I was exhausted) and slept soundly.

For those of you who don’t know how to get to WaKeeney, you get in your car and head west, and right after you think, “I can’t believe how long this is taking,” you wait another hour, and you’re there. Two years ago when my brother was moving from Los Angeles to Saint Louis, his car broke down in Russell, Kansas. I had to drive out and bring him to Lawrence while my father drove over from Saint Louis to take him the rest of the way. Things were fine until I passed Salina, at which point distances doubled themselves, clocks slowed to a crawl, and taking my limited knowledge of the Theory of Relativity and applying it in reverse, I aged a thousand years while those who weren’t driving through western Kansas aged only two hours.

I’m not a Kansas hater. I just like the state a whole lot less out there. My favorite part of the state is the Flint Hills. (None of the pictures I can find on the Intertubes is especially inspiring; I’ll have to take my own picture one time when we go out there.)

4 comments:

Nancy said...

i read about that escaped elephant. it reminded me of bart's stampey.

the lightening was spectacular. lots of thunder, but long and low, not loud and clappy. the winds, not tornado strength. and you slept like a baby... better than a baby since our actual baby woke up to eat. and both our kids woke up and were in bed w/ us at different parts of the night. of which, you are probably not aware, being sound asleep and all.

The Man Your Husband Is Worried About said...

I was aware, actually, because during my sleep I'd gotten hot, and like a person on PCP, when I get hot in my sleep I get naked, so when our kids came into our bed I had to get up and put clothes on.

Eastman's World said...

Have you ever been to Sublette or Ulysses where Sherri Dew's parents live? Wow!
I hear your pain on the car breaking down. I always had a problem breaking down in Parsons or Wellington, neither were fun and everytime I'm in OK driving to KC I find another way!

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Stop by our website for some good Kansas Flint Hills photos!

I really enjoy my Google Alert for Blogs on "Kansas Flint Hills!"
Yours came up today!
Our 22 county Flint Hills Tourism Coalition, Inc. promotes visits to the Kansas Flint Hills – the website is: http://www.kansasflinthills.travel/
Hard to believe it has been over a year now since the 22 page color photo spread in National Geographic's April 2007 Issue on the Kansas Flint Hills, as a distinctive landscape. We are now working to get the Kansas Flint Hills designated as a National Heritage Area.

We would appreciate a link from your site, to ours, if you are willing to do so. THANKS!
Best wishes!

Dr. Bill ;-)

Personal Blog: http://flinthillsofkansas.blogspot.com/