I drove past this between Salida and Cotopaxi on State Highway 50 in Colorado. I had to turn around and tell whoever that I stood with them totally assuming I was correct. I was and got the biggest hug of appreciation for doing so.

From my understanding, there are close to 3000 children being held around this country after being seized from their parents at the border.

Many will never see their Mom and Dad again because Republicans are totally evil.

You bastards!


Sand Creek

I stopped here just because it needed to be stopped at. The story of this place is here. LINK

 This is pretty much the whole place and the few survivors fled to the north the direction this picture looks.

What struck me about this was the length humans went to kill others. This site is literally out in the middle of nowhere even today. In November of 1864 it was much further than that by a long sight.

bama Will Kiss A Monkeys Ass Today

And be saying "cheese" the whole time. Coulda woulda shoulda.
If bama would have done the right thing and investigated the chimp and his killer buddies it could now be very different. I just think people at the highest level of government should be held accountable if they start a war on lies.

bama can kiss another monkey ass today too. Mine. 



How Many 2's And 3's Add Up To The End

We can't get it. The samo sack of bull shit. Another #2 just got had. We must still worry as there are many more low #'s in the bushes waiting. Listen close and you can hear the rustling collective of fox bit minds grinding up the lies and agreeing to more of the same. The war machine the driving force needed to sustain the Empire will not be stopped.

The U.S.-led NATO force in Afghanistan killed al-Qaida's second-highest leader


Hope And The Reality

My hope for a long time now has been that our country would change from a government controlled by the Pentagon with a budget for them that makes it impossible to implement and sustain programs we need "for the people".

Was I ever naive to actually think such a thing because the reality is just the opposite. 25 this month killed in Afghanistan and most are good with that - thinking they get a pass for not saying no to perpetual war for the corporations because they spend a few minutes today to acknowledge those killed in our wars.

Paying homage to these men and women across the land doesn't mean a whole hell of a lot if at every cemetery there is not a cry by the speakers and attendee's to bring this perpetual war machine to an end.


A Few Observations From The Last Two Weeks

I've seen huge areas being mowed around houses but I do believe the largest are in west central Kansas and this isn't one of them. I'm sure it makes them happy.

Winter wheat was almost three foot high and on the way back further north in the state it was half turned  but not as lush.

There are many oil wells many being developed and old ones refurbished as well in Kansas. Not like in Utah but there is plenty going on. 

Remember about clicking on the picture to make them bigger.

No matter where I was grain storage was being expanded at all levels. Here it's a elevator in Warsaw, IL.

This is corporate facility for sure because even if a family owns it.

Not that long ago most of a the grain produced was hauled to the local elevator to be handled. Most operators have their own now.

This is the lock and dam on the Mississippi in Keokuk,Ia.

The river still floods and this is one way to avoid trouble. What places like this and many others are known for is being "fish camps" used extensively on weekends. Use your imagination.
The curiosity with Nauvoo is over. The meal had at the Nauvoo Hotel was one of the best I've had in years. I understand the new leader of the mormons does not have as much interest in this place like the guy before him so there's not as much money coming this way. For not being tourist season it seemed there were quite a few people around.

The ferry south of Warsaw still operates for transporting what ever fits. There are not that many places to cross this huge river.

In northern Iowa things have been big for some time but I think it's even bigger now. Like land prices of 10K an acre and one parcel of 77 acres sold for 12.9.

Something like 350K for the planter alone and you can get them twice as large. With GPS if you want and with the price of seed you can literally save thousands.

This drag strip still functions in Humboldt,IA. Went down this in like '71 or so and came home with a trophy.

The house in what was my cornfield when I was just a pup still stands. The grove is still there and plumb trees still grow along side the railroad tracks.
The Grotto always gets a visit looking for new angles of the same things. The 100th anniversary is this year,

I've seen a number of places similar to this one. I guess recreating old gas stations is a new hobby. It must be expensive.

A state record musky at the fish hatchery at what is known as the "Iowa Great Lakes".

This area has been a vacation destination for many years and just a very cool place. There are lakes in Colorado but it's not the same. There is a museum and there were a lot things in there I remember from the kid days.

It was a lot of fun in here.

The "Queen" one of several over the years that gives rides that even locals continue to take. Notice the wind turbines on the horizon. They're all over the place as Iowa is second in the nation in wind power.

Guess the water gets pretty high at times.

I did catch a few and this was one of them. It was too big and was released. Got fed plenty of walleye and it was a huge treat and so good.

Was gone quite awhile and could of stayed much longer but it was just time it seemed to get back here so that's what happened. Blasted on back on Monday. Came in at 890. Drove 2600 with and average of 26.5mpg.

I had a blast it's just that simple!


He's Still Kicking & On Back

Been gone for over two weeks and it's been a blast. I'm now where I grew up and this is the longest time I've been back since I moved away those many years ago. I will just say that it's a different breed of kat around here and that's a fact.

The last time I was here it was different because my last surviving parent was gone.

This time and since I've quit work everyday since life has been different in the sense that now I don't have to "go back" which meant work.

I did not know just how huge this would be for me as I say many times I've never done this before and it's all new to me. For me this feeling has been a huge positive and believe that feeling will remain for a long time.

Next week I will return to the high country. Colorado is my home.

I hope you are all well.


Outta Here

To the cornfield via Kansas and Missouri to hang out along the good old Mississippi where there is some old and very interesting architecture and history.

Although the drive is questionable right now this is all new in respect to after 32 years of making trips like this - this time is different because all those times before there was a very limited time frame because you always had to come back. Not this time and that's what I find interesting. Too bad you gotta be old in most cases to be able to do so.

I hope to do some of the following -

eat fish
catch some fish to eat
Ride my bike around these old river towns.
Quincy will be one where the old big houses are.
Warsaw and Keokuk in more depth.
Eat fish
Nauvoo even though I've been around the restored Mormon areas a number of times it's still a blast and the sunken garden dedicated to women is really cool. Everywhere picture opportunity's. Never explored Nauvoo and hope to. I know don't sign the book. Can someone call ahead and get me into the Temple?
I want to hunt and find what looks to be fairly straightforward to do - Keokuk geodes.

From there the further most SE reaches of the state to damn near the very opposite part of Iowa stopping at the real corn field on the way. There's two questions that will be answered quite a few times. "When did you get in and how long ya here for?? While there I hope to -

Eat a little bit more fish anyway
Give as many as I can a ration of shit first before they give it to me
I'd like to see what could be caught in the rivers with just a worm and sinker.
May go visit this fellow who lives in Colorado but will be visiting his folks who are about a hundred and forty or so some 80 miles away. We have golfed together.  Hope to get fed.

Sometime anyway hope to spend a bit of time at Okoboji and Spirit Lake and while there hope to -

Eat a few more 
Catch some maybe
See what a worm will get you off the dock and it could be damn near anything.
Ride around the lake where possible boat and bike. These lakes are very cool.

Stuff like that.

The internets will be sparse. I am sparse these days.  Thanks for stopping by. I swear I link to some of the best and for instance if you have never listened to Blue Gal and driftglass's Friday pod cast you're really missing something.

I'll be bok!!

Give'm hell and don't take any shit!


They Always Lie

The Chesters out in the Pentagon. That's their job to lie. They don't have to be held accountable and there's no one that can make them be.

They're the boss now so get over it. Why would they want to tell us the real story about how many soldiers are not only getting killed by Afghanny pulice men but wounded as well.

Nobody gives a shit that the police in Afghanistan are supposed to be on our side.

WASHINGTON — The military is under-reporting the number of times Afghan soldiers and police open fire on U.S. and other foreign troops.