Saturday, October 17, 2020

Out and about part 1

Last year, my friend Scott asked me if I wanted to go with him to Fort Scott, Kansas.  He and I have a friend who moved there and has now gotten quite ill due to his work.  I thought it would be a great day away, so

off we went in the dead of night.  As dawn arrived, I took a few photos.

It was brutally cold and had snowed overnight.

There wasn't much to see except frost ridden trees.

Finally, a bit of color.  Note how straight the road is.  If it hadn't been foggy, you would have been able to see the curve of the horizon.

Even the color was gray and white.

We were finally out of the snow, at least that's what I thought.

Then this happened.

It took another two hours before we were able to see even a few feet in front of us.

However, the snow was still holding on.

We made it to eastern Kansas and this is what we found.

I swear, it was like two different days.

Apparently this part of the state had not experienced snow.

Taking U.S. 54 meant we had to go through lots of little towns.

It even looked like spring.

Heading east again, we saw more trees that were trying to bloom or were still dormant.

I was sure we had made it to Fort Scott, but apparently that was not the case.

I loved taking photos of the old architecture and colorful Victorian gingerbread.

Then I saw how some properties

were sorely neglected. 

Others were at least trying.

Then it was time to move on to the next town.

I think this is as far as I want to take us today.  I'll be back Monday with more.  Please note, we are now in the Flint Hills of far eastern Kansas, where the roads wind and have lots of hills.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed seeing parts of Kansas you might never see.

15 thoughtful remarks:

Helen said...

Looks like a long trip.. I love the pics of the trees at the beginning!

Valerie-Jael said...

That must have been a long trip along a long and winding road, you certainly had various weather conditions. I liked the Victorian houses, they are always nice to see. Have a great day, take care, hugs, Valerie

Iris Flavia said...

Wow, that is two different worlds indeed! Snow and frost already?! Blooming?! You sure you didn´t take six months for the ride? ;-)
I love the architecture!

My name is Erika. said...

I did really enjoyed these photos. My goal is to go to all 50 states, but I have not yet made it to Kansas. (I'm at 39 states, and in holding with covid). Plus it so different there from here in NH. The open land and farms are really amazing to me. Interesting how much more spring like as you head east. That happens here too, not so much for distance but because of elevation and having the ocean effect of keeping things a bit warmer. Weather is really fascinating, isn't it? Hope you have some more photos another day as it sounds like it will be quite a while before most of us will get a trip anyplace. Have a super Saturday. Hugs-Erika

Jeanie said...

As Iris said, two different worlds. I absolutely get terrified driving in major snowstorms. And I've been in more than a few. Those frosty trees are really beautiful, though. And then the blue sky! Looking forward to part two!

Nancy said...

All those lovely details in the buildings- it's nice to stop and enjoy looking at them! A long journey.

kathyinozarks said...

Good morning, I enjoyed the trip-wow what a difference in weather a few miles makes. I love seeing the old buildings like that-and nice if they can be fixed up.
Happy Saturday (ps you are Never late visiting-hugs) Kathy

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, what a contrast of weather! It's hard to believe that it was the same day and as such must have been an exciting road trip (grin!). Loving the frosty tree photos - gorgeous 😁. Happy weekend! Hugs, Jo x

CJ Kennedy said...

Amazing how the weather can be bad in one town and next town over nothing but sunshine and unicorns. All the grey photos you took made me think of the opening of the Wizard of Oz 😉 I thought Kansas was flat, flat, flat so was surprised to see hills. Looking forward to more of the trip.

Lowcarb team member said...

Goodness! That seems a long trip and you certainly had various weather conditions. First snow and then those blue skies.

I like the architecture/details in the buildings.
Looking forward to seeing more pictures.

Enjoy your weekend.

All the best Jan

pearshapedcrafting said...

I did so enjoy this post Elizabeth. It was great to see the contrast in the weather - it is similar for us when we go across the Pennines to visit my brother! I loved seeing the architecture, the straight roads, the frosty trees, the Spring green trees and this will sound odd to you, but I love seeing the road signs! Hope you are enjoying your weekend, Chrisx

Divers and Sundry said...

That's quite the varied weather on your trip. I hope your friend is ok.

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Sandra Cox said...

I'm sorry your friend is sick, but I enjoyed trekking with you on your journey.
Stay safe.

Rita said...

Nice to get out and about--and to keep your friend company on his trip to visit his friend. :)