|A small grove of cottonwood trees. It's the state tree of Kansas|
and one of my favorites. You hear them when the wind blows
and it generally does in Kansas. Sleeping under a cottonwood
tree is one of life's great pleasures.
They have developed a trail system encircling the city of Salina using pathways on the levees around town. I just covered one small portion of it, but it felt good to get out and move my legs again after a few days away from walking.
The planting is done, for now, but there are still a few projects to be done, both inside and outside. There have been thunderstorms around every day, and most days it has rained at one time or another, but nothing that has kept us from the steady completion of our goals. The Saturday forecast is the best chance of the worst storms, but there are a few things we can and need to do indoors anyway.
|A panorama photo of the trail along the levee.|
|I spotted this sign near a fenced and|
wooded area on the river side of the
levee. It's a nature area with over a mile
of trail running through it along the
river and in the flood plain. I did walk
and enjoyed it very much.
|A view of the Smoky Hill River.|
|Gnarled trunks and branches of Burr Oak trees|
|Green grass on the levee, even greener wheat field down|
below, under a gray sky.
|Green and growing wheat.|
|Parallax view of the levee trail.|
Most routes in Kansas run straight,
either east and west or north and south.
The levee follows the meandering river
but this section is as straight as a Kansas
|Goat's beard, or western salsify|
|Container garden on the east side of the house.|
|The gardener's version of a beer drinker's|
collection of empties.
|The brick walk way containers.|
|Jake on the second of his new rugs. He didn't|
go on my walk. I don't think his short little
legs would have kept up for 8.5 miles, but they
get him and my mother around the block twice
a day on most days, which is good for them both.
|We went out for a beer to celebrate completion|
of the planting.