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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Checking In On Keats

Ha roo, pups and cool cats!  It's me, Zim.  Some of you may remember a little town I showed you last year - it's called Keats and it's got a really cool park to explore and has some gorgeous, old trees that really put on a show in the Fall.  (Please click here and here if you would like to see some of last year's photos.)  Mom and I thought we should take a drive out there yesterday to see if the trees were putting on a show yet!

I had a good look around when we got there!

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As you can see, I was thrilled to go exploring!  I even spotted someone I met last time we made the trek out:

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"Ha roo, Sea Serpent!"

I didn't want to look him directly in the eye.  That's too dominant.  I'm not into that kind of thing - I just want to be friends.

I decided to go try out some of the equipment the Sea Serpent has in his obstacle course.  I climbed onto this high platform:

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I had a good look around, then before Mom realized what I was doing, I did this:

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That was REALLY cool!  It was all slippery and stuff - almost like ice!  Great fun!

Let's see what else Keats Park has to offer ...

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"Wide open spaces!"

It's a beautiful park.  Plush lawn, a little walking path, trees... ooh!  And a historical marker!  Let's check it out!

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The inscription reads:  KEATS.  A general store built in 1860 began the village known as Wild Cat ("How cool is THAT!?!?") until 1887 when a Rock Island Railroad official who liked Keats' poetry named the town on their new rail line.  The church was dedicated in 1889, named Lydia Chapel for Mrs. Lydia Edelblute.  The Keats Rural High School opened in 1916, and a brick grade school replaced a stone building after a fire in 1925.  They closed in 1965, when schools were consolidated.

I think they should have left the town's name as "Wild Cat", but no one asked me.

We checked out the gardens a bit:

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"Note to our Russian Sage plants:  Mom would like you guys to start looking more like this one!"

... and went to see how our favorite line up of trees looked:

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Totally beautiful, but not quite doing the Fall Fling yet.  We'll just have to come back again!

On our way out of town, Mom took a shot of this very old limestone house with her iPhone and did some special effects stuff on it:

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If houses could talk, I think this one would have some very interesting stories to tell!

I hope you enjoyed our trip to Keats!  We'll go back again soon!

Play bows,


  1. What a great stroll Zim! I'd warchout for that serpent though, he looks a lot like my friend Mr. Rex...play bows mates,


  2. Looks like you had a great time..My "Charlie" likes to go to the park, too.. some of the things there are a wee bit scary, tho, like Serpents...:) The limestone home is very cool. We have alot of those in the Texas Hill Country. You would like it there. Ciao for now...

  3. Beautiful park with such green, thick grass. It bet it was fun.

    Drools and licks,
    Minnie, Mack and foster Mario

  4. that looks like tons of fun!


  5. Aw Zim you are brave the sea serpent looked well scary. Nice park. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. I enjoyed the trip very much. That grass looks glorious. And I bet in know time those leaves will be in fabulous fling mode. I like the name Wild Cats better too. My friend Jenni (she calls me Gooseberry, I blush every time.) Anyway, Jenni is a Wild Cat through and through. She and her husband Justin go nuts during football time.

  7. that looks like a great park..... we do agree you are going to have to go back to get the full "fall" effect though.

  8. ZIMMMMMMMMMMMM that is not a Sea Monster... THAT IS a DRAGON.. very much like the one that Sirs Sw. William and Ernie and I SLEW at the CASTLE. I guess that makes YOU a KNIGHT of the DINNER TABLE, Too!!! THAT is super.

  9. I am surprized he didn't jump into the back seat of your car and just go home with you for dinner!!!
    The park was very pretty! I can tell you are a good walker and a great slider!
    Stella Rose

  10. Wow, what's a sea serpent doing so far from the Kansas Ocean?! I bet he was glad to see you. That slide looks like SO much fun!!

  11. Wah, you always get to see so many fun places. That thing sure looked scary, even to me. I wrote a post, inspired by the comment you left. Thank you. Hope you will read it.


  12. What a lovely adventure. You should show the photo of the Russian Sage to the Russian Sage. It might encourage it a bit.


  13. Keats is sure a pretty place, Zim. Our mom wishes her Russian Sage looked like that too. Hers stays spindly and never gets more bushy.

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  14. Anonymous5:42 PM

    yikes Zim! What a slide you had! Bet you really like it huh? Hey, did you get my email address for your mom?

  15. What a peaceful little town - I think we'd like to visit it one day!


  16. "Seasons of mist and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun..." sorry, we can't help but think of a fav'rite poem...

    Zim, that is such a beautiful park! we're glad your serpent friend was there again. he has a pretty cool obstacle course. we think you need one of those slides for your deck levels - wouldn't that be so much fun?!? :D the last picture of the house is so cool!

    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, HOllie

  17. Wow! What a kool place! We truly enjoyed tagging along! Thanks!! Would love to go down the slide!!


    p.s- mom's gone out to get some snacks!! WOOHOO indeed!!

  18. What a beautiful place. Did you like the slide?
    Benny & Lily

  19. Thank you for that lovely tour. That last picture is especially cool. I don't know about that serpent guy, I would keep my distance. I bet when you go back it will be all colorful and stuff.

    Loveys Sasha

  20. It looks like Zim had a lot of fun! :)