Category: Outdoors


May 11th, 2007, 5 Comments

One of the things about living in the country is that there isn’t all that much predictability. You can have your water supply disrupted by ants, sewage issues, power supply problems, etc. But today was a new one that disrupted my morning commute. It wasn’t mud, or harvest. No, it was traffic. On our driveway, […]

Result of that radar image

May 8th, 2007, 2 Comments

A couple of days ago, I posted a radar image. The above photo is the result of that (and a following) storm. It’s the muddy road at the end of our driveway. Your guess as to which road is the driveway. Here’s another road near us: Cliff also has some photos from this same storm […]

Why We Live In The Country

February 6th, 2007, 4 Comments

Views like this from our house, almost every single day: Maybe we’re not quite as crazy as we thought after all.

We’re Home

January 21st, 2007, 5 Comments

We had some wonderful weather yesterday. I’ve always said that I like snow. It can completely change the landscape in an instant. And it looks so beautiful. Yesterday we had a nice snowstorm all day. Large, wet flakes. It was the most snow we’ve had at once in a few years right around here. It […]


September 24th, 2006, 6 Comments

There are a lot of beautiful fall colors that will be showing up in forests around the world shortly. But here in Kansas, we get a little jump on the colors because this is sunflower season. If you drive around Kansas this time of year (roughly August and September), you’ll see sunflowers all over the […]

ANT WARS Episode II: Revenge of the Raid

April 18th, 2006, 4 Comments

Just today, in a bathroom really quite near…. I woke up this morning. I used the toilet. I flushed it. There was the satisfying sound of a toilet, well, flushing. Then there was the very unsatisfying sound of the toilet not refilling its tank. I tried a faucet — sure enough no water. Obviously, the […]

Today’s Public Service Announcement

March 31st, 2006, No Comments

You’ve just arrived in the country in some quiet midwestern state. You know, one of those flat ones. You’re in the kind of place where the sky is black at night, not orange. The kind of place where you can see stars, planets, and galaxies at night. The kind of place where the loudest noise […]

CNN arrives in Kansas, survives tornado and prairie fire, and gets out

March 31st, 2006, No Comments

A CNN crew was apparently in Kansas briefly this week. They seemed surprised to be hit by tornadoes, and then by a 5,000-acre prairie fire. I started smelling smoke yesterday evening, went outside to investigate. I didn’t see or hear any fire. I figured some grassland must be burning again, and checked on it every […]

It’s finally here

March 20th, 2006, 1 Comment

You’re probably wondering what “it” is. Maybe you have a few guesses: Spring? Nope. The next version of Debian? Guess again. Winter? Getting closer. Yes, it really is here. That season known as the Kansas springtime winter storm blizzard/monsoon season. Today is the first day of spring. Most of Kansas is seeing its worst winter […]

The Reactionary Pedestrian

July 9th, 2005, No Comments

Living On Earth did a segment about the Reactionary Pedestrian. He tried to walk the 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine, and wound up walking 3,000 miles just to get to Georgia. He attempts to walk across the Huey Long Bridge, but is stopped by a Louisiana State Police officer, who told him there is […]

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