Anniversary Getaway

Jonathan and I enjoyed camping out at Kanopolis last weekend for our anniversary.

The view from our tent Saturday morning – gorgeous!

After breakfast, we drove around the lake and checked out campgrounds and various areas, scouting for future trips with the family. We saw quite a few horsebackriders, as there was a judged trailride in progress (we had never heard of such a thing).

Then we headed to the Horsethief Canyon area and hiked for a couple of hours. I was (as you will see) thrilled that our camera has started working again.

Some “boring” Kansas topography:



(Note: I have a strong affinity for the areas of Kansas in which you can see for miles over field after field, but when I venture out of the immediate area in which we live, I often find myself amused by the plethora of comments I have heard over the years about how boring Kansas is.)

My love:

An interesting obstruction on the trail:


We noticed a dam on the way back; the beavers are certainly at work at Lake Kanopolis:

Fall is starting to make itself known:




With end-of-summer loveliness still hanging on:

A couple of interesting critters (I’m skipping the shot of the colony of ants swarming a beetle… aren’t I nice?):

At one point, we went off the trail in an effort to avoid poison ivy, and spent about 30 minutes walking up and down hills through yucca, berry thorns, etc. It definitely made it more of an adventure!


After returning to the trail, we climbed up into a little cave, near the base of which I found someone had carved our initials for us:

There were a surprising number of lightening-struck trees, but this was the most unique looking:

Almost back to the trailhead:

After our hike, we had a lovely lunch overlooking the lake, which is lower than usual, but not nearly as dry as areas closer to home:

It was a very nice time being together. Hope you enjoyed the pictures!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mama
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 19:36:13

    Thanks for sharing your get away!! “Those are such boring vistas; I don’t know why anyone would want to live in Kansas” NOT!! Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful!!

    Reply

  2. Jeffrey Smith
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 21:08:26

    gosh, you just brought back some fantastic memories from my youth. family vacations, awanas, church campouts……wow

    Reply

  3. Tab
    Oct 01, 2011 @ 16:41:08

    The photos are lovely! Kansas will always be in my heart.

    Reply

  4. Laurie
    Oct 05, 2011 @ 13:33:13

    Yea! for Kansas! Yea for Kanopolis! Yea for anniversary getaways!

    Please forgive my ignorance and tell me about those funky shoes!

    Reply

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