Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Kodak Moments with Kinfolk in Kansas!

July Trip to Dodge City, KS, and Kendall, KS

We had hardly started out on our westward journey
when we ran into a heavy thunderstorm.
We were so thankful for the rain,
and were hoping and praying it was also raining in our dry area.

When we arrived in Dodge City,
we did our own little walking tour on the brick streets...

...then headed further west to the community of Kendall, 
where the two Gary's helped with the cooking of hamburgers
for the Saturday night meal.

But the guy who got the most attention with his cooking was my cousin Dick. 
Because he was actually cooking horse steaks! 
 Apparently equine steaks are a delicacy in Europe, and so,
...with his urging, many of us tried his cuisine.
Although I could only choke down a few bites,
I had to admit it tasted very good!

Feed lots are very common in this area,
but local ranchers, including my cousin Dick,
are running short of grass for their animals
due to the drought - more reason for horse steak...

I am adding this picture for
Jenny Matlock, ...and Mr. Jenny...,
who share our love of Jeeps!
Gary spotted this one in a little Kansas town 
as we were on our way home.

We arrived home in time for our little peach and apple harvest,
...made much easier with the use of Gary's bucket truck!
(Photo by Alex)

He actually let me "drive" the bucket!
I loved it!
(Photo by Gary)

Often I do something, then after I think about it,
I wonder if I should have done it.
This post was one of those things,
and I was afraid I might easily offend someone.
This morning as I was praying whether to remove the post or not,
I came across these words from Romans 14 in the Bible:
"One man's faith allows him to eat everything,
but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 
The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not,
and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does,
for God has accepted him."
...So, I guess I'll keep the post...

For my latest Names of God on Rocks in a peachy setting, click HERE! 
...And thanks for coming along on the little Kansas trip with us!


Judie said...

Such an interesting post! I have driven through Kansas in the summer and watching the impending storms develop has always been fascinating to me. Great photos!

VBR said...

wellllll......i don't think i could do the horse steak thing. i love those creatures so much, same with dogs. nope, not going to do it. but, as you so wisely pointed out, differences must be respected and i think you were right to keep the post!

kim joul aita said...

great shots!


Debra said...

Very interesting post and I hope that you got some rain too !:)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What wonderful pictures!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Very creative post for AT and photos are excellent ~ ~ thanks, namaste, (A Creative Harbor)

Sue said...

Loved your photos, and even though I don't think I could make myself eat a horse steak (sounds like you had some trouble with that, too!), I'm glad you kept the post.


Rocky Mountain Woman said...

love the photos, though horse steak is a bit much for this horse lover!



Susan Mystery said...

I love the shot of your feet on the walk way. Totally enjoyed looking at your photos.

anitamombanita said...

Not so sure about those horse steaks, but LOVE the red jeep!! Great post!

Jedidja said...

Like your interestin post. And the pictures.

Allen and Debby Graber said...

I grew up on horse-burger. Mom didn't tell us when we were little because she knew I loved horses. It just was done in Japan where I lived. Enjoy the verse. True. He gave us all things to enjoy for food. I can't imagine eating locusts or flying ants, but my missionary friends in Africa do. Pluck them right out of the air.

Mumsy said...

Horse steak? I am glad you tried it, but I am not that brave..and driving that bucket truck to the top like that must be fun..

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

My husband and I just returned from driving back and forth from NY to Colorado, where we visited our children and grandchildren...3,600 miles round trip! We took Route 80 so we did not visit Kansas, but we saw much of the signs of drought in Nebraska and Iowa and Indiana. Very sad for so many farmers and ranchers!

Jenny said...

I'm not sure about the horse steaks. I don't know if I could have tried them!

Love the Jeep picture. I'm sending it to my husband to drool over, too!

Thanks for letting us tag along on your little vacation! This was an inKredible link for the letter K.