Friday, June 06, 2014

Yesterday's Walk

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie.  Yesterday we had a big ol' Kansas thunderstorm roll in at about 5:30 or so.  We were able to go outside for a quick trip before it hit, then us girls snoozed for a while. Not only did the storm bring us some much needed rain (almost two and a quarter inches!), but it was cool enough when the storm ended for us to all go on a family walk!  Everyone wins!  Anyway, Mom took her camera on the walk, so how about you come with us?

Because of all the rain, Little Kitten Creek was overflowing its banks!

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Little Kitten Creek - muddy, but FULL!

We are still in a drought, so this is really great news and will help a lot.

We went up and around a bit, then down the path where we often see wildlife. Guess what was there yesterday?!?

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"DINNER!"

Can you see him up there? Let me have Mom zoom in for you:

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"Uh-oh!"

He saw us coming and kept running away from us.

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"Quit following me!!!"

He eventually figured out that if he got off the path, Mom and Dad wouldn't let us follow. He slipped into the prairie grasses and made his getaway. We don't get to go into the prairie grasses - it's part of that whole "Let's Avoid Ticks" campaign our mom is on. Whatever.

Here's a shot of Mags once we got back up on the road:

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Maggie - and Dad's legs

We heard Meadowlarks calling to each other. Mom spotted one of them, high up in this cedar tree:

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Western Meadowlark in an Eastern Red Cedar

For some cool info on the cedar, please click here.

After the storm, as I mentioned, it was nice and cool for a little while -- and we also had some high winds (that's why you see Dad wearing a wind shirt).  When Maggie reached the bridge over the Kansas Ocean, she paused to enjoy the ocean breeze:


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"Ahhh!  Smell that breeze!"

Both of us girls held onto Dad for a quick photo by the KSO:

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Dad and I are standing; Maggie is sitting

Please note we are all smiling and looking in the general direction of Mom.  More or less.

OK - let's head up the hill by the water tower!

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Me, heading up the hill

You can see the water still running down the hill. It was a couple inches deep in some places and was fun to splash through!

Mom and I stopped to shoot a picture of these wildflowers:

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Western Horse Nettle

The bad thing about stopping for photos is this, of course:

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"Hey, come on you guys!!!"

That's OK. The good part is what was all over the path!  MUD!

Anyway, we were so happy to get some much-needed rain AND to be able to go on an all-family walk!  Thanks for coming with us!

Cammie!

15 comments:

  1. we got the storms after you and they did lots of damage with straight line winds...and now they are saying we are going to get more this afternoon

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  2. OMD OMD THAT was a GULLY WASHER of a rain. It should REALLY help with the drought though. Enough to soak in and help the plants... and enough to run off and Fill the Kansas Ocean a bit.
    Love the pic of the Lark.
    Bet those patches of water felt Super on your paws.

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  3. So glad for you that much needed rain came. Everything looks great for a bit of a soaking. Pity dinner got away LOL. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  4. we did not know meadowlarks got that big..wow...we saw the broken branches from your storm also.
    stella rose

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  5. That was a great adventure. I liked the photo where only Dad is looking at the camera. You two just don't have time for that stuff, right?

    The KSO breeze must have been very refreshing. Glad you got some rain.

    Kisses,
    Dexter

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  6. We heard there were some nutty storms. Glad they are over! The meadowlark is so pretty
    Lily & Edward

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  7. That's a LOT of rain! And your turkey friend looked delicious!

    Kiki and Nala

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  8. OK while I do not like to go out in the rain, I do like to sit by the window or open door and watch and smell it coming down. What a wonderful walk. I would however like to see the mud photos. hehehe
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  9. What a refreshing walk! Although we live in a place that is suppose to get lots of rain, we are also in a big drought! Maybe you can send some of your rain this way??

    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  10. Hi Cammie, So glad you got a bit of rain to help with the drought. We still have areas of our town that is flooded and road closed. It is very cloudy here tonight and storms are headed your way.
    Have a great evening and thanks for taking us along.
    Wag,
    Noreen & Hunter

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  11. I always love a good rain, particularly if it cools things off.

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  12. great pics of your walk, Cammie! Thanks for taking us along. it sure is nice to see all of that water in Little Kitten Creek. We sure could do with more rain here too. Have a great weekend!

    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, Hollie

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  13. It all turned out perfectly. A nice cool and muddy walk after the storm. I'm glad you had such a nice time!

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  14. The turkey has an emily post going! We love that picture! We hope you avoided the mud, Maggie!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  15. You got to walk in mud? How cool was that? Our mommy saw a turkey family on her walk the other day. It was mom, dad and six kids which scattered in all kinds of directions because of her. She felt bad for breaking up the family.

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