Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Colorado Adventure Maroon Bells

Maroon Bells is one of the most photographed places in Colorado.  I went with my parents over 21 years ago.  Drove up there, my father said this is nice, and they were ready to leave.  This has been on my list to return since.  The day we went, Red Flag Advisories were up for the area and wind was at 30 mph with occasional higher gusts.  I was not able to get the beautiful reflection from Maroon Lake but was able to capture the three tones of the lake from runoff and algae.  Enough talking, just go if you get the chance.













Colorado Trip - The Resting Place of Doc Holiday

In Glenwood Springs, Colorado, I noticed some mention of Doc Holiday.  After a quick Google, I found he was buried in a small place called Pioneer Cemetery.



Some of the online discussions mentioned that it was an easy to moderate climb. Being in the thinner Colorado atmosphere, I would say it was a moderate but very interesting trail.







 It provided a great view of Glenwood Springs,




an odd ribbon tree that I have yet to understand the meaning (a little searching states it's a memorial in Ute Indian tradition*),





















and an old cemetery that featured some of the founders of Glenwood Springs and many, many stories.










Doc Holiday's marker is in the back of the cemetery marked by a flagpole and fence. This may not be the proper resting place of Doc Holiday though.
Doc Holiday died after three years of hospitalization due to tuberculosis. He died a pauper and was buried in the potter's field with a wood marker. Over time, the marker rotted beyond recognition and records of the old cemetery were lost.  The new marker was placed in a highly probable spot.


we spent time walking the cemetery looking at other grave-sites.  Most had been replaced due to age but some of the original still remained.  Well worth the trip for history buffs.


* http://www.pikespeakhsmuseum.org/ute-culturally-scarred-trees/

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Twister Museum - Wakita

I decided to make the pilgrimage to the Twister museum in Wakita, Oklahoma.























This was after the big 20th anniversary in May.  The museum is an interesting place that documented the making of the movie and contains relics and photos.

Unfortunately Aunt Meg's house was destroyed during the making.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Pretty Clouds While a Monster Hit Up North

I watched a storm grow up in Great Bend, ignored it and thought maybe the storms south of Wichita would possibly spawn something.

Nope.

Many towers went up, went warned, then quickly fell apart.






Thursday, April 28, 2016

Apocalyptic Storm Chase 04/18/16

Not really, but a hyped up storm that luckily didn't get all it's ingredients together.  Started by running to the car in Maize while being pelted by heavy rains and small hail.  Ran around grabbing my chase partners for the storm, then headed around trying to figure out what to chase.  Pretty much did large circles around the Wichita area before heading south towards Wellington.

Always running a little late

Storms from Sunday, April 24th, 2016.  Pics were taken south of Salina, while north of Salina there was baseball size hail.  New camera, trying to figure out how it works.

Otherwise, slowly getting back into it.

Wow, it's been a while

Ruminators  . . . I've been busy and that's a poor excuse.  Spring is here and I hope to have things of interest to show you.
Like yesterday, blizzards in one part of the state that had highs in the high 80's the day before, apocalyptic wildfires that scorched 400,000 acres in south central Kansas and Oklahoma, and tornado watches in the NE part of the state.
Saying that we had March Winds yesterday was an understatement. Hard sustained winds with gusts in the 40s and 50s pushed a wildfire from Oklahoma into Kansas.
At one point I thought radar was showing rain moving into the area until I noticed the clouds looked brown?  Last pic is not mine, but was floating around from Medicine Lodge.