Friday, June 05, 2009

Landon Nature Trail (rails to trails)


Shhh, don’t tell anyone about this great biking trail. When finished, the Landon Nature Trail will run within five miles of our home. 

Well, it’s too late.  Everyone in the area is aware of it. This rails to trails has had a hard go of it in Shawnee County.  As is often the case, there was/is landowner dissent.  People thought the abandoned railroad  would be their land, not have bicycle riders and/or horseback riders going past their homes—often their private back side.

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Even though Dan and I were willing to help with the cleanup, I could not because many miles of it runs through my former mail route.  I did not feel I wanted to upset customers and my boss agreed.

However, now fully retired, we are thinking of pitching in when they have a work day.  I think the landowners will find people who ride these trails are interested in maintaining a good relationship.  I venture to say, most landowners won’t even know when people are out there. 

Copy of IMG_1983   I didn’t crop this picture so it’s a little hard to see details.  There is a stream down on the left side.  You can see how shaded it is in the summer.  One note of caution, the bugs were out strong—bug spray is a must.

We rode a little over an hour—very leisurely.  I believe this will be a real plumb if or when they made it all the way to Overbrook…and by our house.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Wildflower or weed?

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I guess it’s all in the perspective.  I know one thing, I sure itched by the time I finished trying to get this picture.

According to my Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers, this is a Oyster Plant or Salsify from the sunflower family.  I think we called them goat’s beard.  Supposedly its roots can be boiled and eaten and they taste like oysters. 

All right then, oysters right here in Kansas.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Jumpin’ Catfish

We visited our friends Dwight & Cheryl in Kansas City today.  They recently toured the Holy Land and we were anxious to see their pictures.  The pictures were well done and certainly representative of biblical history.

After considerable debate, we decided on Jumpin’ Catfish restaurant for our meal.  The original restaurant is in north Kansas City with two additional in the area.  It is not a chain, though.

Since their catfish is voted No. 1 in Kansas City, we ordered that.  It is very good, I had Cajun the others deep fried.  Their catfish is farm raised so mild and tender.  The coleslaw is especially good.  Just a hint of sweetness.

Rainy and cool, it was a good day to spend with friends.  And, I am glad some else caught the fish.

Monday, June 01, 2009

This might sound corny

Our garden has been in the same place since we moved to our present location in the fall 32 years ago.  All these years I planted the same vegetables in the same place and in the same order.

Not this year. 

This year there are no potatoes, no lettuce or carrots.  This year we have six rows of corn.  And a half row of green beans.  Other than tomatoes, that is all. 

I did not help with the planting program.  Marc, our son-in-law who works with Syngenta Crops provided the seeds.  He and Dan got out our single row planter and got with it. 

I am not complaining.  I think there will be plenty of help eating the corn, which, by the way, has flourished.  Dan tilled and I am working on weeding between plants.  The crop looks great.  I think we’ll have some for next winter too.