The fullest weekend we’ve had in a long, long time. After a Saturday morning run, we went to Crown Center in KC to enjoy the fountain and an outdoor festival before heading in to Kaleidescope and then to Crown Center itself for an indoor picnic lunch. The next day we discovered Cave Spring Park on the Missouri side – what a gem! It has a great little cave that we all explored. It is not a city- or state-run park; rather it appears to be managed nearly entirely by volunteers — a couple of which we ran across on our hike. The park included incredibly varied terrain, including lots of dense forest, a creek, the cave, a little chicken coop in the middle of the forest, and some other oddities along the way. After the hike, we hit up a municipal splash pad not far from the park. After a long bath to rinse away the combination of sweat, sunscreen, and bug spray, we enjoyed an evening bike ride to top off the weekend.
Some day I’ll finally get around to curating all the beach trip video; I have no idea when.
Throughout much of this spring, we’ve made a point of absolutely maximizing outdoor time during the phenomenal weather that Kansas offers during the spring. Being native northerners means the summers in Kansas can be rather difficult for us. The term that best describes the heat and humidity in July and August around here is ‘oppressive’ — and even if overused, the term is very apt. So ahead of the summer heat, we’ve been making a point of getting outside a lot.
Several weekends ago, we went for a hike along the Cedar Crest Trail on the edge of Topeka. We’ve never been to this park until now and found it to be quite enjoyable. In fact, we’ve even pegged it for some summertime visits because the trail is densely wooded, meaning lots of shade! We hiked down to the shore of the Kansas river and were able to get a few overhead shots along the way:
As part of our adventurous weekends this spring and summer, this is the last of the videos that I shot in lower resolution (720p) – finally got all cameras adjusted to a better resolution for future videos. But this weekend still had some great moments to preserve.
Photographs have been gathering virtual dust on the computer. I keep taking way too many photographs, but haven’t been taking the time to filter through them all and post a few of the highlights; I just dump the photos onto the external hard drive (as the computer is full) and clear space on the cards for the next event. Maybe in retirement, I’ll make time to go through each batch. But for now, here are a few spring highlights.
Fog over our neighborhood, as seen from a few hundred feet above the surface:
Lula in the back yard on a warm Spring evening:
A weekend picnic at a local fishing lake:
An early morning weekend run, as viewed from above:
Another weekend picnic at another local park:
…which included spotting this bald eagle fishing in the nearby lake:
A midday hike at Clinton Lake State Park outside Lawrence:
A view of Sanders Mound on the northeast corner of Clinton Lake:
Working on a Mother’s Day Masterpiece:
Another weekend morning run:
Picking 4 pounds at a local strawberry patch proved to be just enough to get us through the first half of the week:
Another weekend hike – this time, one at a county park we just stumbled upon on a county highway we hadn’t travelled before – Wells Overlook in Douglas County.