Monday, April 28, 2014
POST 1304; APRIL 28, 2014; GREENSBURG, KANSAS
Found a nice big tree to park SPIA-2 behind at the lake last evening. The sky, sand hiding everything over a city block away, was still blowing a near Hurricane . Charlie, our fisher man, estimated the wind at 60 miles per hour. (Hurricanes begin at 75 mph) My cherished Glacier National Park Baseball Cap was snatched from my head by a gust and now rests at the bottom of KIOWA FISHING LAKE. (KIOWA = KIOWA Indians who called the GREENSBURG area home before the coming of "the White Man."
Dawn broke to a crystal clear cloudless sky. Wind still blowing about 40 mph.
Foregoing breakfast, took my heart medication and set off West on US 54 towad MINNEOLA, Kansas, some 40 miles distant.
Near Phoenix, Arizona, a while back, discovered a pair of high quality wrap-around Sun Glasses lying on the highway.
In the high winds of the Rocky Mountains...and now the Kansas Plains, these Sun Glasses have been a God Send.
Another bit of not so good news is that my new PANASONIC Camera fell from the breast pocket of my reflective Vest. A small rock punched a hole in the back view screen, which has now blanked out 60 percent of the view screen...necessary to align scenes for proper sizing and positioning of each image. ALL images posted in the past two weeks have been obtained by guess and by golly. Discoloration has progressed as of this morning to block fully 75% of my view screen.. The penalty for my carelessness is vastly reduced image quality of my photographs.
At a cost of $250.00, doubtful a new camera is in our immediate future.
Sandstorm in GREENSBURG as I put SPIA-2 to bed last evening.
View from SPIA-2 parking spot at KIOWA LAKE at day break this morning.
Wind direction shifted from South West to North West during the night. Wind Speed diminished not a whit.
Peaceful looks KIOWA COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. Illusion; it is blowing at least 40 miles per hour; my eyes protected by the "found" Sun Glasses.
An old Bus, advertising an Antique Shop in GREENSBURG.
My Horse friends seem to be following our walk across Kansas.
Solitary house sitting high on a hill in the very windy Kansas Prairie.
US 54 looking West as I walk "out" from GREENSBURG.
Small hills and water cut ravines dominate the undulating topography.
Looking back East into the morning Sun.
Wind has been rising all morning. Sand is being lifted into the Western sky, bringing on another Dust Storm heading for GREENSBURG, Kansas.
EYE-SHADOW is not eye-shadow. My "found" Sun Glasses do a wonderful job keeping wind and sand away from my eyes. Could not walk in this alien environment without these glasses.
Do I appear to becoming younger ??
Geeze, I am having such a great time !
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Now 1:30 PM local CDT. Blog update is nearly complete. Looking out the window of the GREEN BEAN COFFEE COMPANY; the only coffee shop in the rebuilding-in-process of GREENSBURG, Kansas, who kindly shared their WI FI facilities to complete this blog update. Wind may be abating a little. Plan to walk the town, photographing the reconstruction efforts for inclusion in our next update.
If the wind is truly diminishing, may try another stroll out on US 54.
If Charlie is lucky, we may get a look at a BIG Catfish.