Linda's Backroad Musings

Alaska Roadtrip, Keeping It Basic

Linda Hanney

Today I was thinking about how much fun we had last summer on our roadtrip to Alaska and it dawned on me I was busy planning that trip last year at this time. Really, any trip involving many days and miles requires a planning timetable of several months instead of ...

Small Town Grocery Stores

Linda Hanney

The Kansas Sampler Foundation is a non profit organization with a mission to “preserve, sustain and grow rural culture by educating Kansans about Kansas and by networking and supporting rural communities.” Each year they sponsor the Kansas Sampler Festival the first weekend in May. I’ve never attended this event but ...

Symphony in the Flint Hills 2011

Linda Hanney

The Sixth Annual 2011 Symphony in the Flint Hills held at the Fix Pasture, Volland, Kansas was about freedom. Freedom for those attending to sit back and let their senses soar to the far off hills through sight and sound. More to the theme, though, was the State’s role in ...

iPad Mania

Linda Hanney

Welcome iPad 2. Although the 3G models aren’t in stores yet, the rest should be by 5:00 this afternoon. We can finally quit reading reviews and watching UTube videos and get our hands on the real thing. It's hard not to be tempted. There is information overload about the Zoom, ...

"Great Migrations" Perfect Last Minute Gift.

Linda Hanney

The National Geographic series on Great Migrations is amazing, especially the segment on Monarch Butterflies. KU's Monarch Watch director Dr. Chip Taylor has a prominent part in the segment. Click on this link for the music video of the Monarch segment featuring some of the beautiful images. The site also ...

"What's most important is often too easily forgotten" Alex Haley

Linda Hanney

In our family Thanksgiving Day is traditionally simple. It is a time for food and fellowship. The aromas of turkey, fresh baked bread and pumpkin pie draw us to the kitchen and finally the table. During our short time of gratitude, we are all thankful for family and health. We ...

Lawrence Public Library Books Another Excellent Performance

Linda Hanney

Peter Fletcher is trained in classical guitar. Beginning at age seven, he studied under professional instructors and in Master Classes while winning awards along the way. He has played all over the United States in impressive venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Last night we heard him play ...

Sand Hill Cranes Sighted Over Wakarusa Valley

Linda Hanney

A recent Lawrence Journal World article about the Baker Wetlands said the following: Last week, Boyd said the site caused a stir among local bird watchers when a flock of sandhill cranes landed at the lake, a bird that is typically spotted in Douglas County about once a decade. We ...

National Parks Senior Pass

Linda Hanney

I haven't run this past Jenn and Julie, but possibly American the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass is the greatest deal around. Only one stipulation, you have to be age 62. Recently, it came to my attention that some of our friends did not realize they ...

Looking for fall color? Check this site

Linda Hanney

Several mornings in rural Douglas County arrived with an ever so slight covering of frost reminding me fall is here despite the beautiful days. My flowering plants were nestled under a blanket while others, less important only because they've had their glory, were nipped. I notice the prairie grass already ...

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