1. Cactus10

    Cactus10 Adventurer

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    Dirt Farmer, if you get out this way give me a shout. Live about 30 miles from the grasslands. A lot of the Santa Fe trail is on private property, but north of Elkhart you'll find Middle Springs and Point of Rocks - the trail is in close proximity to these sites. Wilburton ponds in the grasslands has good tent camping, water and vault toilets. Located just a few miles from Point of Rocks and Middle Springs. I was through there last week and the Cimarron was flowing. About 50' wide at the low water crossing and foot peg deep. Not many opportunities like that for us Western Kansas folks. Also, north of Hugoton, Ks just west of 25 is Wagon Bed Springs and the supposed site that Jeremiah Johnson(?) was ambushed and killed by Indians. If you're so inclined, you can head on west into Colorado and hit Picture Canyon and Carizzo Creek. There's a lot of history in that area also. Please feel free to PM me if you're so inclined and I'll share contact information and get you further filled in on the area. Take Care.
  2. Cactus10

    Cactus10 Adventurer

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    Dirt Farmer, if you get out this way give me a shout. Live about 30 miles from the grasslands. A lot of the Santa Fe trail is on private property, but north of Elkhart you'll find Middle Springs and Point of Rocks - the trail is in close proximity to these sites. Wilburton ponds in the grasslands has good tent camping, water and vault toilets. Located just a few miles from Point of Rocks and Middle Springs. I was through there last week and the Cimarron was flowing. About 50' wide at the low water crossing and foot peg deep. Not many opportunities like that for us Western Kansas folks. Also, north of Hugoton, Ks just west of 25 is Wagon Bed Springs and the supposed site that Jeremiah Johnson(?) was ambushed and killed by Indians. If you're so inclined, you can head on west into Colorado and hit Picture Canyon and Carizzo Creek. There's a lot of history in that area also. Please feel free to PM me if you're so inclined and I'll share contact information and get you further filled in on the area. Take Care.
  3. Cactus10

    Cactus10 Adventurer

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    SW Kansas,No trees, No water, No people
    Dirt Farmer, if you get out this way give me a shout. Live about 30 miles from the grasslands. A lot of the Santa Fe trail is on private property, but north of Elkhart you'll find Middle Springs and Point of Rocks - the trail is in close proximity to these sites. Wilburton ponds in the grasslands has good tent camping, water and vault toilets. Located just a few miles from Point of Rocks and Middle Springs. I was through there last week and the Cimarron was flowing. About 50' wide at the low water crossing and foot peg deep. Not many opportunities like that for us Western Kansas folks. Also, north of Hugoton, Ks just west of 25 is Wagon Bed Springs and the supposed site that Jeremiah Johnson(?) was ambushed and killed by Indians. If you're so inclined, you can head on west into Colorado and hit Picture Canyon and Carizzo Creek. There's a lot of history in that area also. Please feel free to PM me if you're so inclined and I'll share contact information and get you further filled in on the area. Take Care.
  4. Cactus10

    Cactus10 Adventurer

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    Sorry about the multiple posts - not sure how I accomplished that!
  5. DeepBarney

    DeepBarney Nubile Adventurer

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    Glad I'm not the only one who's been having problems with multiple postings.

    Figure I should let it be known, if any of y'all are passing through Wichita, drop me a PM I'll get you my number. I've got tent/couch space and a garage 'n tools to offer if desired.

    Also someone posted a picture of them smoking their zucchini bread, would love to know how that turned out and what you used for it wood and temp wise. I was given an old smoker by a neighboring farmer and thought that'd be fun to try.
  6. DirtFarmer

    DirtFarmer Has anyone seen my mother

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    I'm shooting for October, thanks for the offer.
  7. DirtFarmer

    DirtFarmer Has anyone seen my mother

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    That was me. The bread came out good, did not brown much. I had the smoker at 350 degrees and at that temp there is not much smoke. I was using oak, so the taste of smoke was very mild.

    I also did a cornbread casserole in the smoker in a cast iron skillet. I preheated the skillet in the smoker while I was getting the smoker up to temp with a little butter flavor Crisco in the skillet. Had a nice "fried bread" crust.

    The main motivation is trying to keep our little house from getting hot, but I really enjoy cooking - eating outdoors.

    Smoke a meatloaf, it truly is one of our favorites. For some reason, it does not freeze well.
  8. DeepBarney

    DeepBarney Nubile Adventurer

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    Thanks for the feedback. That's all very good to know and I'll be sure to try it. First have to mine in useable condition. Well technically it's done to use now but I don't want to. It's an older New Braunfels Bandera that's in pretty good shape other than the firebox has surface rust inside and out. Not bad but it needs to be dealt with or in 10 years it might be worse. I pressure washed and scrubbed it down, now I need to sand and repaint the outside with some high temp paint, but I'm not sure what do about the inside.
  9. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    You don't need to do anything to the inside but have a fire.
  10. DeepBarney

    DeepBarney Nubile Adventurer

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    Figured I should try to deal with the rust there, but paint inside where the food is seems like a bad idea.
  11. DirtFarmer

    DirtFarmer Has anyone seen my mother

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    Taking full advantage of a non-riding weekend and making brunch;

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  12. DirtFarmer

    DirtFarmer Has anyone seen my mother

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    Been watching the traffic camera on Hwy 36 near Wathena all morning.

    No traffic, in fact, the most vehicles I have seen in any one frame is 3.
  13. DirtFarmer

    DirtFarmer Has anyone seen my mother

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    Now there is raindrops on the lens. :lol3
  14. KansasKawboy

    KansasKawboy KK

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    We got to see it, 5 minutes after the sun started to come back the clouds moved in.
  15. katbeanz

    katbeanz earthbound misfit, I

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    I forgot my welding hood, so improvised a viewer, got a couple pics too. The sky afterwards was freaky! :wink:

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  16. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    I went east to rural area south of Lexington, MO. The clouds and rain departed about 15 minutes before the total eclipse and stayed away. It was worth the effort.
  17. pilot

    pilot #DWDAFD Super Moderator

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    Did you hit rain on your way home?
  18. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    No rain on my way home.
  19. pilot

    pilot #DWDAFD Super Moderator

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    It started here about 20 minutes after totality. Frog choker.
  20. KansasArt

    KansasArt Adventurer

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    Here in Topeka we got to view it through the clouds. Saw a sliver of the moon covering the sun in between the clouds. That's it. :( it did get dark enough for the locust to play their music & for the owls to start hooting but the pretty stuff was all overcast.


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