They went to the Carnahan Creek area, a place Mom's never been before! The creek itself feeds into Tuttle Creek Lake, where she and Beth usually go, but yesterday was a new adventure! They passed through part of the Tallgrass Prairie:
|The Tallgrass Prairie|
Those are the Flint Hills out there. I guess that shot is a "twofer".
They saw lots of hawks:
|Red Tailed Hawk|
On their way, they came across an old cemetery.
|Carnahan Garrison Cemetery wall|
There were grave markers dating back to the Civil War. Here is one soldier's gravestone:
|Here lies James M. Harper, Company K, 9th Kansas Cavalry|
There's a gorgeous view of Carnahan Creek from up there ...
... and there is a chapel nearby:
|Carnahan Creek Church, established 1867|
There's even an outhouse behind the chapel:
Mom said it was large, as outhouses go (something about a "two-holer on each side") but very primitive. Let's leave it there!
When they got down to Carnahan Creek, they parked then walked a long way along the shoreline - along this old dirt road:
Way to break the rules, Mom! I think she must be part Siberian! Oh. And did I mention what very handsome Border Collies were there? Seamus and Moss!!!
I'm glad Mom and Beth were well-protected!
Here's an artsy shot of the creek:
They saw a lot of tiny birdies yesterday, in addition to the hawks I mentioned, like this Dark-Eyed Junco:
|Dark Eyed Junco|
An Eastern Bluebird:
Another little Junco (perhaps):
|Perhaps another Junco|
And all kinds of birdies! They saw Great Blue Herons, too, but they were mighty far away and flew off before Mom could focus!
Here's one last shot of the creek that Mom took out the window of the Jeep, as they were on their way home:
|Carnahan Creek and the Flint Hills|
OH! And look, there's Mom in the rear-view!
Mom had a wonderful time and liked exploring somewhere new. I hope you enjoyed seeing her photos (click here for the full set, if you'd like to see more) and that they helped you feel serene!
I need to get back to my puppy now. Duty calls! Serene "I Love My Puppy" duty!