Adventureland to Amazon to Home 2017 travel blog

With my hosts, Mary and Lyle. Forum friends since 2009.

That's their foundation stud registered Quarter Horse and his (the stud's) 33...

Red getting his morning breakfast

Looking towards 'town' from Lyle and Mary's - where the corn is...

And my tour of the town...

and the houses...I love houses, flowers, bugs...

Methodist Church


We asked the two volunteers if they had any t-shirts we could...

The post office is housed in this building.

Cousin Ed with Lyle

Well, we had an idea...and sure enough, the postmaster opened up for...

postmarked our t-shirts!

And the volunteer fire dept got a hundred bucks they weren't expecting!

The postmaster who made our t-shirts extra special!

More moseying around this charming little town

This was once Lyle's mother's home







Note those upstairs windows


I thought these bugs were cool...

Then I found more! And then...

Wow! What are they? Does anyone know??

The cobs have to drop totally down before they're ready to harvest.

My ear of Powhattan field corn. Honest. Hard as a rock.

Our picnic begins on the driveway

Moves inside when the rain started

When someone said "There it is!" We were ready!

We couldn't see the eclipse at this moment, but a faint rainbow...

The "best" one I got.

Well, this one was kinda cool too.

Just a tiny slice of the sun and then..

The slit disappeared and darkness filled the skies and earth!!

And the street lights came on!

It was magical

Even through the wisps of clouds we could see it!

It was amazing! Okay, okay, my dear forum friend, Gary Thurman from...

We remained in awe til the finale. The fellow 2nd from right...

The other Mary and I were down by the road listening to...

Passing by St. Joseph, Missouri on my way home

And then I hit Iowa! My 4 hour trip took about 5...


And then the rain started, but the day ended perfectly

with a rainbow.

Thanks, Mary and Lyle. What a special day.

You must visit Gary's website and see what he created!

Powhattan, Kansas is rural. There is no store, or retail business of any sort. There is a portion of the only original building remaining in town that is dedicated to the US Postal Service. And down the road there's a beautiful school for the Kickapoo Nation children. The post office is open Mon-Fri 10:30 to 12:30. The town's population is almost 60. The town is surrounded by corn. In fact, 800,000 lbs. of corn are processed here each year. Stock eat more corn than people do. I thought corn was corn and found it endearing that the newscasters always referred to corn as sweet corn when they updated reports on the crops. My host, Lyle, however, set me straight. WE eat sweet corn. Stock eat corn - which is 'Field' corn...and Lyle picked one for me. He said it wasn't dry enough to pick, yet it was as hard as rock. That's field corn! It is ground up to make meal for the stock. I call Powhattan a town (it's really a brief blink) but it is actually a city. It is incorporated and Lyle will be the next mayor. I associate with important people!

Lyle's cousin, friends, spouses came to share the eclipse with us and we had a festive Powhattan picnic. First on the driveway and then inside the garage when it began to rain. I would have bet money I was going to be the only person to travel to Powhattan to witness the eclipse, and certainly BIG money that I'd be the only one from California. Not true on either account! Check the map...Powhattan is RURAL. Lyle and Mary, my hosts, and most of the others are retired school teachers. Lyle grew up on a farm in this little village and came home to roost. It is peaceful here and the corn fields engulf you in a wonderfully healthy, clean world. Lyle gave us a walking tour of his town before the eclipse was to begin. And retail or no, we all got a special souvenir in Powhattan!

The sky did not cooperate. Only sparingly did we get a glimpse of the eclipse. And each glimpse was exciting and we grabbed our glasses and stared upward in awe. "There it is! There it is!" And "Oh, there it goes", as the clouds hid our view again. Mary and I agreed that if the heavens had been clear for us during the entire 3 hour event, the climax would not have been as thrilling. And I tell, you, it was THRILLING. The last time we had a view, the sun was perhaps 80% covered by the moon. It was still bright as day. Well, as bright as a dreary, cloudy day. And then... a slit... and then it happened! Night fell, the chickens and ducks across the road hushed and the street lights came on!! And just as darkness fell, the clouds parted for us to see the darkened ball in the sky highlighted by that wondrous corona we had all read about. I almost cried. Honest, we had mentally prepared ourselves for darkness with only the sight of clouds in the sky. When the clouds parted and we stood and looked at that full eclipse, well, words cannot describe the overwhelming awe we all felt. Though wispy clouds passed over our magic ball, for the full 2 minutes and 22 seconds in Powhattan, Kansas, we reveled in our darkness and great good fortune. And then, with the thinnest of slivers as the sun began reappearing, it was bright again. And the ducks and chickens immediately began chatting about what they, too, had just experienced. I'll never forget it. And I'll never be able to thank Lyle and Mary enough for inviting me to spend that memorable day with them and such wonderful people in such a special spot in the middle of American. Gives me goose bumps right now remembering that moment when our day turned to night...

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