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Monday, March 16, 2009

Where in the Flint Hills Are We?

Ha roo, pups and cool cats!  It's me - Zimmie!  Before I get back to my very cool adventure, Ammy, Dave and I would like to take a minute to wish the VERY happiest of Homecomings to Stormy!  Today is the official Gotcha Day - so much happiness to Stormy!  A guy couldn't ask for a better mentor!

As I mentioned on Saturday, I got to go on a really cool adventure with my mom!  We drove in the car to get there, which I just love doing!  We drove way to where I had never been before!  I saw a sign for some place called The Top of the World, but frankly I think that's at the North Pole where Santa lives, not in the Flint Hills.  But then we came to a little park called Washington Marlatt Memorial Park and Mom stopped the car so we could get out.

This place is just perfect for walking!

Let's hit the trail, Mom!

We went inside the park, and there was a cool network of trails.  Mom just kept going on and on about the view.  Here's what she saw to the northeast:

Can you see the water in there?  It's not the Kansas Ocean, it's something called Tuttle Creek Lake.  I think I need to go there, too!  Anyroo, it was a great scenic overview - like where Dave went one time, but a totally different part of town.  We were way up in the north central area, north of the city limits; Dave was more like in the southeast part of town.  Whatever.  

While Mom admired the view to the northeast, I admired this view: 
Wowzers, what great sniffies!

Something for everyone!  Here's another view Mom liked; you can see that KS Hill that Dave showed you and to the right of that, the KSU football stadium.

Here's another view I found especially nice:

In case anyone is wondering why parts of my view look black, it had been recently burned.  They do this to help maintain the prairie and to keep it as prairie land!  For a great explanation of why we do this here in Kansas, and a great Google photo that contrasts a burn area with a non-burn area, please visit this link.  It's a really good read!

Mom took more photos that we'll share with you soon.  It's such a cool area and I can't wait to go back and explore!

Play bows and happy Stormaversary wishes,


  1. Happy Stormaversary!
    Doing something special?? I hope so!
    You went with your mom to a very nice place!
    The views are pawesome!
    Kisses and hugs

  2. You have some pawesome views on your walk. I love discovering new places with my HuMom. Happy gotcha-day to Storm!!!

  3. Happy Stormaversary Storms! This is a day for everybuddy to celebrate because you're just way cool. Zim, thanks for taking us on your adventure. We can't wait to see the next chapter!

  4. Great walk you had there, Zim. We see a lot of those blackened areas here too, but we don't think it is that cool prairie grass.

    Happy Stormaversary again to Storm.

    Tail wags, the OP Pack

  5. Hi Zim
    We were dying to know where you went on your walk. It looked really nice. Ideal with sight views for the humans and scent views for us dogs!!
    Happy stormaversary to Storm too.
    Martha & Bailey xx

  6. Hi Zim
    We were dying to know where you went on your walk. It looked really nice. Ideal with sight views for the humans and scent views for us dogs!!
    Happy stormaversary to Storm too.
    Martha & Bailey xx

  7. Anonymous1:26 PM

    What a great walk you've had Zimmie! Our Ma admires the pawsome views. We wish we wouldn't get car sick all the time... maybe we could go to a lot more places, too.

  8. Grrreat Hike Zimmie!

    You are the coolest! Some day, I hope that we can drive over and meet you. John says it's kinda far but I think we could make it there in a couple of minutes. I am gonna keep pushing him. Maybe he will break. It would be the coolest if we could go on a hike together. Maybe you could come here. Joy!

    Your bestest puppy buddy.


  9. What a great place for a walk, you are very lucky. Thanks for sharing with us. Stop on over when you have a chance I have something for you. =)

  10. Happy Official Storm-a-versary!

    What a great place to go on a walk Zim! You can see everything from up there ! Great photo of the view of Tuttle Creek dam! You'll certainly have to go check it out one day and also the River Pond area and by the tubes - lots of fun there!

  11. Happy Stormaversary again!

    Hey Zim, did you find any cicadas on your walk? You know I had to get dad to kill mine for me, although I should have perhaps posted them to Davy.

    Huffle Mawson

  12. Yes, Happy Gotcha Day to Stormy and Happy Stormaversary! A momentous occasion indeed.

    We enjoyed your post Zim, it was most educational, we liked looking through the links as well. I feel I know your whereabouts now, like the pack of my paw.

    The views were spectacular!

    But where, pray, is the Yellow Brick Road? My Jeannie has her red shoes on (poor soul!) and keeps clicking her heels, but nothing happens.

    Please advise. I need to get rid of her soon, her Aus preparations and packing are doing my head in........

    Marvin xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  13. Happy Stormaversary!
    That was a very cool and interesting place you adventured too. Lots of good scenes and thanks for sharing the learning link.
    ~lickies, Ludo

  14. Oh ya that was a special Stormaversary. You are so lucky and we agree with Mom beautiful views..

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  15. What a khool jaunt woo took Zim!

    Tank woo fur sharing

    AND fur sharing your post with The STORMaversary!

    I celebrated by doing some excellent photo work with Mom!


  16. Hi Zim!
    It looks like you had a great walk with your mom. That sure looks like a wonderful place to go! I had a great walking adventure with my owners too! I am gonna post about it soon! Happy gotcha day to Stormy!
    :) Tibby

  17. Happy Stormaversary! We hope you're having the best day ever!
    What an awesome day you had, Zim! Your pictures are just fabulous!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  18. Happy Stormaversary to Stormy!

    Woo get to do some really cool walkies Zim! Always an adventure somewhere with great pics! Just Pawsome!

    Husky kisses,

  19. w00f's pups, happy Stormie gotcha day...me hopes u has many many more, Stormy..u shure went on a pawsome adventure, Zimmy...

    b safe,

  20. wow it is so different from where we live, it is so cool to see different parts of our country! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Happy Stormaversary ! Did you have a party today?


  22. Happy Stormaversary (again). I think you should have Stormaversary week!!

    How exciting to go somewhere different. So many new things to look at and smell.

    Princess Eva

  23. Happy Stormaversary!

    I couldn't wait to see your adventure post. That looked like so much fun! I can't wait to see the rest of your pics!


  24. What a fun place to go and definitely hilly! ;) As for the treats, trust me Mom took many a photo before she was satisfied so I got quite a few treats. :) Being a model is hard work but sooooo worth it!!


  25. How fun!!! I remember crossing a really big bridge over that lake! Mom and I were pretty impressed with it!

    Can't wait to see more pics!

  26. Hey Zim!
    Furry cool adventure you went on. Any you got to go by yourself? Thats so cool.
    Big licks to you

  27. Wow, that's some walkies. Must have been a real adventure! Great scenery

    Licks and Wags,

    TUffy & the Dog Woods Pack

  28. We tend to for the sniffies while humans go for the views. To each their own.

  29. Anonymous5:56 AM

    Hi Army of Four! Happy Patrick's Day! It was very interesting to see where you took your walk - so different from Florida.

    See ya!

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  31. Cyber-sibes said...
    Happy Stormaversary again! And wowzers, that is one cool walk! Looks like there's enough trails to make that place a regular destination!

    It's St. Pat's Day & were were thinking this morning that the Ao4 is like a lucky 4-leaf clover, covered in fur!

    woos & a-roos,
    Star McSibe & Jack O'Roo

  32. Anonymous10:00 AM

    Happy Stormaversary!!

    What a super cool walk!! :) xxx

  33. Happy Home-A-Versary, Stormy! I'm so glad you came home to your mom and dad in Kansas.

    Zim, what a cool place to explore. And the sky just goes forever and on. I'll bet your snooter was plumb worn out-and everydog at home prolly sniffed you and sniffed you to see where you'd been!

  34. That's really cool that you got to go on a solo adventure with your mom. I had my paws crossed that you weren't going to the vet! I went with my Dad to Pizza Hut the other day, just Dad and me! I didn't get my own pizza though.

    Have you ever been to the Manhattan airport? My mom has!


  35. Anonymous8:16 AM

    I don't think we actually posted on the blog - HAPPY STORMAVERSARY! Zim, this is a cool trip you went on with Mom.