Oztoberfest Fun

Oztoberfest is the Oz-themed Octoberfest held every year in nearby Wamego. It couldn’t be better weather for this weekend’s fun!

Check out the red slippers …

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… and the green faces,

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the illustrations  …

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and cheerful imitations,

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the “Toto’s” …

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and Toto’s Tacoz!

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There’s chow (and a beer garden),

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music,

SingerMusician

and motorcycles,

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and various other fun for all ages!

Activities go into the evening (including a street dance) and continue tomorrow. View the schedule.

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

A Man and His Father’s Car

Every now and then, we have guests stay with us who have a special story that I would like to share. This week, we had some guests from New Mexico stay with us who were picking up a car that was having some work done on it in Kansas City.

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That car was the gentleman’s father’s 1950 Ford Woody Wagon. Our guest has spent the last six years having it restored.

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The man lived in Kansas when he inherited the automobile and started having work done on it. The final stage of the restoration was having the interior reupholstered in KC.

The gentleman and his wife retired to New Mexico, where his family lived when his father bought the car new.

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It is truly a beauty. The couple should have great road trips in the Woody!

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Have a lovely weekend!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

While in Florida recently, I stepped outside one evening and was surprised to see a brilliant post-storm vista unfold. Fortunately, I had my cell phone with me and was able to catch a few photos as the sun yielded the horizon to nightfall.

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This week’s challenge invites the photographer to use perspective to make the subject of the photo look like something other than what it is. The scene that I photographed was the view as I accompanied my mother to her mailbox. I used perspective to hide the street and cars and to compose the image, capturing only the elements I wanted to remember. For more on this week’s Photo Challenge

Early Autumn on Konza Prairie

I was out on the Konza Prairie the other afternoon and it was just about the prettiest that I have seen it.  The grasses are starting to put on their autumn colors – subtle shades of golds, oranges, reds and purple – before they turn brown for the winter. It is delightful to walk on the trails and hear little besides the wind blowing through the grasses, the songbirds and crickets, and the crunch of one’s own footsteps. In some places, the grasses are tall enough that I could extend my arms almost straight out from my sides and touch them with my fingertips as I passed by.

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Travel Theme: Beaches

Where’s My Backpack‘s travel theme for this week is beaches.

It was difficult to decide which image I wanted to share, but decided upon one of my favorite photos from Ohope Beach, New Zealand.  Its atmospheric quality seemed to fit my mood this morning. I hope that you enjoy the photo.

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