Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Kansas City and Grass Fires In The Flint Hills


Last Thursday we had to head up to 
Kansas City...which is a 3 1/2 hour
drive one way from our home.
It's a nice trip through some 
very pretty country.
We really enjoy the trip but
this time hubby was getting
a little minor surgery done
around his 
If you or anyone you know has hearing loss
or wear hearing aids...you should 
look into this.
My husband has 2 implants
and he is so grateful to have his hearing 
back after loosing it in Vietnam 
40 years ago.


The trip took us past our favorite 
little school house on the prairie.
You can read all about it 



And past some beautiful old barns.
It looks like this old barn is
getting fixed up.


Yes ...Kansas does have hills ;)


I'm not much of a 'city lover'
but it's a fairly easy trip 
to the VA Hospital.


I don't like city traffic and since the
appointment was at 1:30
the roads were good
thank heavens!

It was good to finally be on our way
home. We took our time
and stopped to get a picture 
of this historical marker.
We'd always meant to stop and 
read it but never seemed
to have time until this day.


This time of year they burn off the
dead grass in the Flint Hills
in order to help the new grass
get a fresh start. 
We were able to see them burning 
the fields on the way home.


In the above photo you can see the smoke
in the distance.


You can see the results of the 'burns'. 


I had to get a picture of this old abandoned
farmhouse...I wonder what their story was.


Above you can see active burning
of the pasture lands. 


Remember the little old school house 
with the two out houses?
Well this is what was happening behind it
on our way back.


It was a good trip home...a little smoky
but all in all a very entertaining and
pleasant drive.

Hubby is all fixed up
and life is good.

I hope you have a wonderful day!
Maura :)

16 comments:

Pondside said...

I'm glad to read that your hubby is 'good to go'. Your drive was a pretty one. I love a drive with my husband - a road trip is always a favorite thing for us too.

GardenofDaisies said...

Glad to hear that your hubby is getting some hearing back!! The Flint Hills region really is a pretty place. Wonderful to see the old barn being fixed up!! I fear sometimes that barns are an "endangered species".

Naturally Carol said...

It is quite amazing that he could get his hearing back after all this time! Lovely to see your countryside too.

KATHY said...

Hi Maura, I'm happy your husband is doing well!! I love all your photos of old barns.It must be so nice to live in the country!

Kathy

The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Maura,

You both are in my prayers, and I am so thankful that your hubby's hearing surgery was successful. Praise God.

The countryside pictures are wonderful, what a beautiful trip home.

(o:

Big hugs,
Joyce

Country Gal said...

Its great to know that your hubby can hear things now. I dont know what I would do if I couldnt hear the birds or farm animals. Your photos are wonderful great post. Have a good day !

Jeanette said...

I always wonder the story behind old abandoned houses and barns, too! It also makes me want to scout out the place with my metal detector! Could find some very interesting artifacts!

from my front porch... said...

Yea for hubs!
I love drives in the country! And I would rather drive than fly any day!
We do controlled burns here also in the mountains. Always interesting to me!
Wonderful day to you! xo, misha

Farmchick said...

Great pictures.........I really enjoyed my visit. :) I have not heard of the BAHA implant. My Dad has nerve damage from farming with old loud farm machinery. Will it work for nerve damage hearing loss? Hope you can stop by my farm and say hi! :)

Finding Pam said...

That is wonderful news about your hubby's hearing. I hope he is enjoying his hearing all of the sounds of life.

Lovely old barns. I would imagine that there are some interesting stories too.

Have a great day.

Muffy's Marks said...

I am so glad the Baha is working for your husband. Isn't it wonderful what the world of medicine can do? My four year old grandaughter is having her left ear redone on April 25th. She was born deaf, had cochlears put in both ears when she was two, her body rejected the left ear, so they are trying again. She goes to a special school "Northern Voices" is Roseville MN for kids with implants. I am praying this second time works for her.

Your eye for a good photo is remarkable, I loved 'being along for the ride' to and fro 'the city'. Enjoy your day.
Muffy

Janet said...

Glad things have worked out for your hubby regarding his hearing- wonderful photographs-loved the old farmhouse and barns ! makes me want to start a new renovating project-does it you ?

Catherine said...

I am glad Keith is ok! We had the same fire for new grass in the south of France, but it is no more allowed.I love the abandoned farm, i could have a country house next to you!!!

Michaele said...

Sounds like a great trip and a good outcome. Glad to hear it was a success.

Pat said...

Yeah! Good pics of "our" state. When I was in high school years ago, a bunch of us took off and drove to Manhattan to watch the burns at night. Beautiful! Nice photos as always.Thanks.

Pat
(in KC)

Beatnheart said...

Beautiful post Maura...I love those old abandoned buildings. wish I could bring one home.

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