Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Black helicopters on a mission

Back in the mail route days I sometimes listened to local talk radio.  There was a theory among some that called in that the black helicopters that flew around the area were on secret missions. 

That seemed hard to believe since we saw them so often.  The flight pattern was definitely following the Wakarusa river—sometimes a bit north, so we could almost see inside. 

As of last week, we now know a whole lot more about the helicopters.  They are not on secret missions but training missions.

They are a part of the 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation Regiment Kansas Army National Guard located at Forbes Field in Topeka.  Equipped with UH-60A helicopters, a few of the many unit assignments are to deploy to wartime theater of operations; occupy assigned tactical assembly areas; and prepare for and conduct combat operations. 

We are privileged to now know about the helicopters that we’ve watch fly for years is because an Iraq veteran and full time pilot for the 108th has recently moved into a beautiful home near where we live.  Well, he and his wife and two children. 

He invited several neighbors to take a tour and we were excited to be included. We learned a little about how the helicopters fly—it is as complicated as I imagined.  He shared how it was working in a war zone.  He allowed us to take pictures, so here are a few.  Several were taken by our new neighbor’s son.





Monday, June 06, 2016

Memorial Day Cemeteries

Dan and I enjoy visiting cemeteries.  There are so many stories there.

Early in May, it was a beautiful evening so we decided to find the geocache in the Overbrook Cemetery.  The flowers were beautiful—the car isn’t bad!



The day was muggy when we visited our parents cemeteries on May 25th.  And, just as we arrived home all the severe weather broke out near the Chapman area, only about 15 or so miles from where we were decorating graves only a few hours before.. 

Left  sunflowers at Mom & Dad’s.  And roses at Dan’s parents.



Decided to pick up a geocache on the way home at this beautiful stone abandoned Catholic church cemetery.  It is located in the flint hills south of I70.



There was a geocache at this cemetery in Wabaunsee county.  Beautiful location to view the green, rolling Flint Hills.


Same spot, opposite direction:


Finally, we visited a Native American burial plot near Paxico last Saturday afternoon. 


It was after we walked around reading stones and dates that we noticed a sign that asked all who visited to not walk through the plot as it was considered sacred ground by the tribe.

A special visit and then wrapping Up

The trip to North Carolina was fun, but it was over a month ago.  I need to wrap it up and get back to what’s going on around here.  But, first, some special family.

Before returning to Kansas from Savannah, we visited Dan’s nieces in Alabama.  It is always good to see them! 

This beautiful mother/daughter team are horse whispers.  It is always fun to see their new additions to their little farm, including the horses-in-training.  And, the deer steaks were delicious. 




Then it was on to see the new little addition to our extended family.  I think Granma is feeling very proud as she should be.