Adventure in Wildcat Park

After studying Ecclesiastes all week I wanted to enjoy the good gift of God in children and creation so while Laura was busy I took the Crazies to a new park. Wildcat Park which is out west on Anderson Ave towards Keats.

Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

This old stone bridge was beautiful to look at, but had me worried Berkley was going to drive off the edge. 
Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

As the road ended an orchard of some sort began. I found myself wishing Matt Wilson was with me so I could ask him, what kind of tree is that? and that? and that? 
Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

Berkley Boo wore her bag the whole time and except for that helmet looked the part of Indiana Jones exploring. 
Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

We found ice on some of the river which was cool and added a little Russian Roulette to our adventure since it was 60 degrees out.

Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

Most of the ice held us.

Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

 

Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

 

Nail spike into thin ice seemed like a lesson my child needed to learn, but alas he went home dry.

Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.


Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.


Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

 

 

Sadie Piper wanted to take a “self picture.” The fact that she didn’t know the term is selfie gave me some hope, her natural ability to know how to take it took away that hope. Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

Boo had a snack in her hand half the afternoon, that’s how she rolls. 
Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

Dad, take a picture, this will look cool. Why does a 3rd grader even consider that? Oh right, her parents take too many photos. 
Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

 

This is Boo’s Silhouette, eating snacks or guarding the Holy Hand Grenade.  Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

 The way I figure it’s only a few feet deep, if it breaks we’ll be fine.

Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

Ice Skatting

Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

Then we saw two women hanging sheets, kids thought it was a homemade hammock. I thought it was a plan to make contact with Aliens. Turned out to be professional photo shoot. They were really nice and offered to take our picture. 
Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

This was the first pitch of the 2015 Wiffleball Season. Knuckleball for a strike…against a six year old.

Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

So we headed back to the car
Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

 But noticed this off the path a bit and decided to check it out.

Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

Becks was first to get lowered into it, to look for snakes so we would know if we needed to panic.

Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

 

After they were all lower in, I told them goodbye and walked off. Then I see this head poke out. Beckham is holding her up.

Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

 

I climbed to the top so I could view them like a petri dish experiment. Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.


Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas.

Crazies in old silo farm thing. #MHK

Sweet Sisters

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This was on Berkley’s tire when we arrived, it survived the day and shows signs of a time time.

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Boo: Dad get a picture of me with my balloon.

Me: Ok, smile normal.

Even being normal she's weird.

Inventure Monday

Sadie Piper has practice at Bates Dance Studio every Monday evening. When she goes to that Beckham, Berkley and I go on what they call Inventures (“Adventures” pronounced wrongly). Usually we go to places I found while on a bike ride or driving around. This past Monday we went Fruiting.

We found a house with apple & pear trees all over the backyard and knocked on the door to see if we could pick some (still using the Eric Tippins “just ask” philosophy).

The house is in south manhattan and was built 150 years ago. The river used to back up to it before changing routes after a flood. It was where the ferry would bring people across and thus the original entrance to Manhattan. It was interesting to think that many of the names on streets in town likely ate fruit from the same trees we were now picking from.

You can see below they had a picker for high fruit which was a blast to use.

Inventure Monday included watermelon, apple & pear pickin' #mhk

Berkley loved that she could reach some fruit.

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Got one! Did you pick it up off the ground? No, off that little apple tree.

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We also picked a few leftover watermelons from a field.

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Got caught in a spider web, where is Sting when you need it?

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Here is our collection of fruit.
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Beckham loves watermelon and this was the perfect little bowl for his own serving. Like a zombie the way he cracked this melon open and devoured the insides.

We may have jumped the gun on Halloween as well.

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Inventure Wednesday: Western Heritage Trail

This is Boo at 4pm on Wednesday. She’s in the middle of eating a string cheese tucked behind her back and she knows we are taking her little bike somewhere for Indventure Wednesday. That brings a smile to her face. And that, brings a smile to my face.

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Today we went back to the Rocky Ford area because we saw a trail last time, and as anyone who has ever played Zelda knows, until you explore an area it’s not on your map. The trail is called the Western Heritage Trail and we went north today with plans to go south sometime in the Spring. Assuming we make it through Donner Pass in the winter.

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Becks is pretty speedy and Berkley pedals hard to keep up. She’s really proud of herself for using the pedals at all given that she usually just flintstones her bike.

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There seems to be a built-in nature to boys to throw things into bodies of water. At RiverRanch every year it happens. I remember an Elder’s retreat at Redeemer when a pond was frozen solid, even that didn’t stop the instinct to throw rocks into the pond. Beckham throws in everything he can find. Berkley does a little a dance and asks, “Why are all the trees sideways?”

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Further down the path we find a beach covered in rocks and I wonder if we had a few hundred second grade boys if we could build a bridge from all the rocks they throw into the water.

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We saw a path that was off-road so Berkley headed up it asking for a “boost” every so often.

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Later she proudly announced that she could ride her bike with only one hand and then asked me to take a picture of this new found skill while she rode down hill with the confidence that this just might be the coolest thing someone has ever done.

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 I found a stump and a rock and they worked together to take a photo of the three of us. There is something awkward about a 15 second timer with no idea when it will actually go off.

I found a perfectly worthless tire in the woods and showed Beckham. He planned to bring it home, I canceled his plans, but he still wished to take it for a little walk. Eventually he rolled it down a hill and it ran off the road crushing a little tree that had been working hard to grow into a big tree.

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 When we found a little dam, Beckham again threw stuff in the water and Berkley just sat in the leaves making a bed.

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 This is what the farmers field looks like in winter.

On the way back from our mile or so walk Beckham on his own realized Berkley would be tired and had her sit Criss Cross Apple Sauce (Indian Style if you ask me) as he pushed her back to the car. 
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Inventure Wednesday: Rocky Ford

Most Wednesday’s Laura and Sadie Piper head to dance class at Bates and us Killer Bees (Brian, Beckham, Berkley) head out for an adventure, or as our kids call it, “Inventure.” The evening even has a song that goes, “Inventure, Inventure, [then any crazy line you want]” over and over again.

Today was early release and so we headed out to the Rocky Ford Fishing Area. There was a waterfall here in pre 1900s for a saw mill and a flour mill. At a later date it was re-made out of cement. That time the waterfall was for a hydropower plant. Today it’s just there to tempt me to ride a kayak over it.

Inventure Wednesday

Beckham tried to do some fishing with a string. No hook, no net, just a string. Results were as expected.

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 Becks found this island to fish from.

Inventure Wednesday

Berkley used the same island for Barbie’s personal island resort.

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This is how we got to this new section. 
Inventure Wednesday

Berkley was wearing crocs cause her dad didn’t pay much attention beyond telling her to dress warm. She also walked right into the Blue River getting wet. @christopherearnshaw @rudyprins Kayak over the falls?

Inventure Wednesday

You’re gonna hear me roooooaaaaaarrrrrrr!

Inventure Wednesday

Inventure Wednesday

After that we saw this building in a field so I used all my childhood poaching skills to sneak up on it and check it out.

Inventure Wednesday

Inventure Wednesday

Berkley liked the old house better than our house, asked if we could move in. You can see the moon in the sky below which I thought was cool.

Inventure Wednesday

The  house next door didn’t age as well.

Inventure Wednesday

Eventually the cows came after us. I’m pretty sure they thought we were bringing food, but these two thought they were coming to eat them and ran for their lives. You can see Boo took off running a little early in background of photo above.

Inventure Wednesday

After that we stopped by Pizza Hut in Aggieville, who had $6 customer appreciation pizzas. This happens to be “the oldest Pizza Hut in it’s original location in the entire world.” I wonder if Guinness Book confirms this.

Inventure Wednesday

Dollar shots for everyone at the bar attached to the Pizza Hut.

Inventure Wednesday just got a little crazier. Little drinks for little kids. $1 shots!

We impromptu decided to go visit Mich with Pizza. He provided Apple Juice and Russian hats. Berkley appreciated the Apple Juice. She did not appreciate the Russian hats.

Night got even crazier