Unplanned Excursion from the Little Apple

On Sunday I drove up to Manhattan to visit friends from my college days and stayed the night. The plan was that in the morning I would get up and have my car fixed with the part that had come in. The evening was nice, just us sitting around the kitchen table talking about random…

A Sampling of the Sunflower State

It was a long time coming, but on Saturday I finally made it to the Kansas Sampler Festival. This gathering of communities, businesses and organizations from across Kansas is the brainchild of one of the state’s most remarkable people, Marci Penner. She has virtually dedicated her life to sustaining rural communities in her home state…

Barhopping in Emmett

Two of my friends and former high school classmates invited me out on Friday night and since last time I was in town we went to Rossville, this time the choice was Emmett. Having just driven through there a couple days before, I knew they actually had at least two bars. The last time I…

A Visit to Oz

Mom wanted to go to the Dollar General and then take us to lunch at the new-to-me Chinese restaurant in Wamego on Friday, and said we could stop downtown first. Mom, Dad, Aunt Joan and I piled into the Camry and drove the short 13 miles to Wamego. Our first stop was a winery store…

College Town Revisited

On Wednesday I drove through some rain up to Manhattan to get my car checked out. I was also scheduled to meet with a former professor and advisor who had since retired from teaching at Kansas State University. Affectionately known as the “Little Apple,” Manhattan was home for me for about six years during my…

Drivin’ on 9 (and 63)

A friend of my mother told her about a greenhouse she discovered on her way to Omaha recently, but as luck would have it, the place is a little over 20 miles north of St. Marys, so it looked like we were in for a road trip. In typical Kansas weather fashion, the weather changed…

Buttermilk, KS

Good ol’ Buttermilk, Kansas. I have seen this name on maps for years but still haven’t been there. My mom’s good friend drove through on her way to Oklahoma once and made sure to mention it to me for the unusual name. Located in southern Comanche County, Buttermilk is about 1o miles south of Coldwater…