Sunday, June 25, 2006

Unexpected Ellinwood Trip

Mark called this afternoon and was in the area. His friends, Carl and Chris, were doing another trip exploring Kansas. They went to Hays yesterday and worked their way back toward Kanopolis where they were camping. Mark joined them today and they had been visiting various places, using Marci's book, of course. (The Kansas Guidebook)

I was working on garden tour things but Mark wanted to know if I could get away and meet them in Ellinwood for dinner. It's about an hour from me. I didn't want to miss the opportunity to see them. It was great to visit.

On the way back I stopped at a little picnic area between Chase and Lyons. It's a beautiful spot. I've noticed it many times but never stopped. Frankly, it was an amazing experience.

When I first went in there was a deer grazing at the edge of the woods. I parked and took a journal over to a picnic table to write for awhile. At one point I looked up and saw the deer was a hundred or so feet away from me, completely unaware of my presence.

I wrote for quite a while and walked around the park. It was getting dark when I left. I also had my first sighting of lightning bugs in this park. I adore lightning bugs.

It was a beautiful drive - very sunny day with clear blue skies.

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