The thunder rolled in with an unending rumble and the wind shook our trailer until I thought it might tip us over. We are in Kansas and I couldn’t help but think of Dorothy and her faithful dog, Toto. I half expected to hear the tornado sirens go off or see a wicked witch fly by on her broom. It was not conducive to sleep. Instead, I watched the lightning dance across our skylight while Peggy slept soundly. Maybe she thought I could worry enough for both of us. “Oh, was the wind blowing last night?” she asked me the next morning.
We’ve now left the backroads, mountains and mesas of the Southwest behind. It will be mainly freeway from here on out as we dash across the country to catch our Icelandic Air trip to Amsterdam— except it isn’t that much of a dash. We’ve simply eliminated our 5-7 day layovers between travel days. We still only plan to travel around 200 miles a day with every other day a layover. I’ve never had a sense of humor about driving 4-5 hundred miles straight. And it certainly hasn’t improved with age.
I may change my mind if this weather continues, however. We are under severe thunderstorm watch again tonight. We could be at our daughter’s in Virginia in four days instead of the two weeks I am planning. I have even less tolerance for tornados and golfball size hail than I do driving long distances. Tempting…
Meanwhile, my blog is still in Zion. I have at least three more posts on it, maybe more! 🙂 And then there is Bryce and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and Mesa Verde, and the Rockies, and dinosaur tracks, desert wildflowers and petroglyphs. Will it ever end? 🙂 Peggy and I have taken at least a thousand photos. I’m afraid to count them. But don’t worry, we won’t subject you to all of them.
Today, my focus continues to be on the Kolob Terrace section of Zion National Park. After some very winding roads we made it to the top of the Terrace. The views continued to be spectacular.
Following are several more photos of the scenery that Peggy and I saw up on Kolob Terrace and on our drive back down.
28 thoughts on “We Are in Kansas, Toto… But Our Blog Is Still in Zion”
Hope the weather is kinder to you. Thanks for more about Zion.
Yes! Last night was clear with no winds, rain, hail or thunder! 🙂 We are in Missouri now, Peggy. The night before, the people in this campground spent it in a tornado shelter…
At first, I thought the kite photo was actually just a crack in your windshield!
I love Zion NP as well. We had planned another trip for April, but grandparent responsibilities rescheduled it till much later in the year. How refreshing these images are!
We are rushing for Virginia now, Eric, due to ‘grandparent responsibilities.’ Although I’m not sure taking our kids and grandkids on a Rhine River cruise is that much of a responsibility. 🙂 Thanks for your comments on the Zion photos. The National Park is truly one of the wonders of the world. I have at least three more posts of it coming up. And then it will be on to Bryce and then to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon— all favorites of ours.
Love the area and your photos Peggy! We are in our off grid cabin over 9000ft. Good to be in the forest.
Peggy says thanks, Cindy. Off the grid at 9000 feet. Now that’s the way to be off the grid! 🙂
I just finished reading this blog written by a Kansas friend I met because of my travels though the area. Your mention of Toto brought it to mind, and I thought you might enjoy the photos. (Her Wylie is a pretty darned cute dog, too!)
Kansas has been on my mind for another reason. Ye Olde Toyota system was going to spit up my missing part about June 25 — add repair time to that and I’d be without Princess for the whole of June. Unacceptable. So, I prowled online and found a Toyota parts dealer in Olathe Kansas who deals only in OEM parts. We had a nice chat this morning; he didn’t have the part, but is having it shipped to their dealership and it will be sent to me via expedited shipping tomorrow; I’ll have it by Friday or Saturday. Huzzah!
Love the Indian paintbrush, Peggy! It’s one of my favorite wildflowers, and it’s always fun to see another species.
Congrats on finding the illusive car part, Linda!
Didn’t find a reference to the Kansas site.
Indian paintbrush is a favorite of mind as well, Linda. I have photos of it growing in many many places.
Whoops. Operator error. Here’s the site.
It happens. 🙂 I like it when towns focus on statues of a particular animal: bears, cows, buffalo, etc. We drove through a small town in Colorado after we left Mesa Verde that focused on sandhill cranes. Toto was fun, and Wylie was ever so patient.
What an amazing place to fly a kite!
I recall cutting a trip short too as we raced across the Plains with our 5th wheel trailer ahead of approaching storms. But even “racing,” we took the back roads rather than the Interstate.
Peggy and I have been known to drive 500 miles out of our way to avoid major storm systems, Ray. Our hitting the freeways now is that we are under orders from our daughter to reach her house by Father’s Day and we dallied too long in the Southwest.
The kite was neat. We were impressed by it’s small streamlined size as well as the incredible backdrop. The guy was obviously enjoying himself. –Curt
We loved Zion, and your photos bring back happy memories. Thanks for including the kite photo — often it’s the oddities that make photos memorable. Have fun traveling!
Thanks, Rusha. Lots more coming. Then it is on to Bryce and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon! I swear we have enough material to last all summer. 🙂
The scenery continues to be outstanding. I love that kind of desert best of all and I’m grateful our country has so much of those fabulous rocks and all their colours. My fave pic of the day is the streamlined kite! Wow! Not only is the kite super cool, but the background makes it even more amazing. What a great capture, Peggy. Here’s hoping your Midwest travels are safe and you don’t get blown off the road or pummeled by hail. (being a former meterologist…I do envy the potential of seeing a tornado, but I realize not everyone is crazy like me, ha ha)
We found the kite fascinating as well, Crystal— both its unique shape and the background. Peggy says thanks. I’ve seen one or two tornados in the far distance, Crystal, which is about as close as I wanted to be. And we seen plenty of tornado damage. Some the day after. Last night was peaceful here and we got a good sleep. The night before, everyone in the is campground spent in a tornado shelter. We didn’t mind missing that! 🙂 –Curt
What beautiful photos, Curt and Peggy. Isn’t it funny how fascinated we can be by rocks. I think about the love of rocks and it makes me laugh. Fabulous kite shot too. Sorry to hear about the windy stormy weather on your way east. It doesn’t sound like fun and yet long days behind the wheel isn’t fun either. Looking forward to more of the Zion and the area. We just loved our trip there. 😀
Thanks, D. One of the treats of prepping photos for blogs is that it lets us go back and relive the experience. I’ve been working on my Bryce photos, preparing for my next set of posts after Zion. Talk about glorious rocks!
Glad you loved your trip to Zion. Hard not to, huh. 🙂
As for the weather, not much we can do except cross our fingers. Used to be we could depend on it behaving in a certain way when we travelled. Then came global warming…
I look forward to your Bryce photos. We loved that place too. Safe travels.
Thanks, D. Two more on Zion and then it’s on to Bryce!
I suppose if someone tells you to go fly a kite, that’d be a good place for it. For what it’s worth, it kind of reminded me of a jellyfish with long tentacles in a strong current. Except water isn’t usually so clear.
Thanks for the analogy, Dave. I can envision it although most of the jellyfish I’ve see are moving slowly and I am moving swiftly to avoid them. 🙂
Hello, Curt and Peggy Mekemson–
Thanks for your lovely blog. I sent an email the other day to firstname.lastname@example.org about permission to use one of your images from Burning Man 2014. Did you receive? Thanks
Hi Jim, I went back and found your email in my spam file. Of course you are welcome to use that photo or any that I have taken.. Your book looks quite interesting. A simple attribution to ‘Curt Mekemson’ is all that I require. All of my photos are on Apple’s Photos. I’d be glad to send you the highest quality there if your book is published. My first trip to Burning Man was in 2004 and I have been back many times. I hope to get back there next year assuming Peggy and I are in the west on our travels. Good luck in your publishing efforts –Curt
Good to get caught up on your adventures. Thanks for the look at more of Kolob, stuff we never got to see because of the locked gate… Hard to see ALL the beauty our lovely land has to offer. Your photos are therefor highly appreciated. Hoping you’ve made it through the storms in fine shape…..
You’ve missed a rather lovely spring here in your old territory. June has provided some lovely gentle springtime showers… though the strawberries and other crops are a bit slow in showing up…
Thanks, Gunta. I still feel we were only able to scratch the surface. Still, we were able to explore more than we ever have before. You are absolutely right about the beauty.
We’ve kept up with the weather in Southern Oregon. When we left, the area was entering another drought period. And then May happened. It even snowed! –Curt