Cross country: Goodland Kansas and the St. Louis, Missouri images

August 21, 2013

Against the wind, we drove against the wind. I know I skewed Bob Seger’s lyrics, but that’s what we did today. Kansas turned dry, flat, hot and windy—about 20 miles per hour. At every rest stop, there were wind warnings via a loud speaker. We lost about 4 miles per gallon on fuel. This drive wasn’t as pretty or relaxing as yesterday.

I guess part of the reason is that I really don’t like to drive stop and pick up the next day and continue on. It’s been three days of this. Tomorrow we will be in Denver where we will shop (the refrigerator is almost empty) and do laundry. Then on Friday, we will spend most of the day at Kaiser and then have dinner with friends. Good news: we entered the Mountain Time zone. We’re getting closer to home!

Right now, I’m writing this blog and, once again, hearing the locusts. I haven’t talked about the locusts. We’ve been hearing them for about three weeks now. It’s just a constant buzzing sound. They don’t do anything but make noise.

We did go into Goodland after dinner, and I took a few pictures. Goodland is a small farm town. I’ll tell you more about the town tomorrow and I’ll post images too. Tonight we are catching up with St. Louis, Missouri.

Remember we were there for just a few hours, but I did want to get close enough to shoot the arch. We didn’t have time to go to it, park and go up to the top. But, I did get the feeling of it. It is huge and wicked. I hope you enjoy what I did get.

So with that, I’ll close this post. Hopefully, as we climb in elevation to Denver, we won’t be fighting the wind, and we’ll have an easy drive.


Cross country: St. Louis, Missouri

August 18, 2013

Well, no one wants to shoot Richard. We’ve tried twice to get him a cortisone shot and failed. So, we’re heading off to Denver, Colorado and a Kaiser facility. At least the Veteran’s hospital gave him some crutches. He says they help him more than the cane. My poor hubby is in pain and hobbling. I even learned how to pull handles (dump the trailer) this morning.

I did some shooting today, just a limited amount. St. Louis is a wicked city with a lot of parks. In just the small area we were in today, I counted three parks, mostly dedicated to families. And, there was a wicked sculpture park for dogs. Too bad we left Gem in the trailer, but I doubt the VA would have welcomed him with open arms.

Today’s images are of our exploration of Illinois State Park in Springfield. I’m only posting a few since we are short of data minutes and this campground doesn’t have WIFI.

Tomorrow, we start our Denver trek. I’ll be posting images of the remainder of Illinois State parks and St. Louis.  Hopefully Kaiser in Denver will shoot Richard with cortisone.