Don's excuse today: We need to go to Wal-Mart to get a printer cartridge. Obee-kaybee. That's fine with me... when he says "go," I'm in the truck... well, mentally, I'm in the truck. It takes my body a little time to catch up with my mind. Usually, Don is waiting outside with his key ready to lock the 5'er door and open my truck door. He's such a gentleman. Did I ever tell you that? He really is such a gentle man.
He also mentioned something about going to Independence, KS to see if there were more fall foliage over there or on the way there.
As we got to Indy, I noticed this bridge. My goodness, it looks just like the one in Coffeyville... the 3-arch concrete bridge built in 1926. over the same river, Verdigris. They could be twins. (Look at that blue sky! It's a beautiful day to be out.) Right away, I saw a tree of color, but we went past too fast, so my sweet husband made the block to come back to it. On this block was this huge 3-story house.Here's the backside of the 3-story house. It has a balcony on the 3rd floor!The tree that I wanted a picture of. The sun is in front of me, so the red of this tree doesn't show up as well as it was... just glowing. But even on the shaded side, you can see the color.I absolutely can not get enough of these houses. What an amazing architectural style. Independence was home to many families made wealthy by the oil and gas boom of the turn-of-the-century and many of the homes reflect the affluence.This is a tree!!!Breathtaking. Can you imagine this in another week? Remember, we are in Independence, Kansas. Like Coffeyville, there's a church building on every corner. Can you believe, this is the same library today..... ......built in 1907.
I wonder if this house was originally painted purple? I kind of doubt it. KSU fans must live here. Wow! Another church. In the Riverside Park.Could this be the same truck as .... this? Naw. Maybe this.. look, it is the same house in both pictures... this one taken in 1910.
The llama family was about the only animals we saw driving by the Ralph Mitchell Zoo. Isn't this baby cute? Wonder what you call a baby llama... Google.. a CRIA. This quiet, secluded area in the zoo caught our eye. A plaque under the open book with the Ten Commandments on the left and John 3:16 on the right, states this area was donated by the Independence Ministerial Alliance in 1966. I think this is the largest cemetery I've ever seen, not counting Arlington Memorial in D.C. This one is about two blocks wide and goes on for blocks and blocks along Penn Ave. This wall goes all around it. I took this picture for the tree, of course. This barn is part of a huge estate on the east side of Independence. This is part of the house on this estate. We were actually on a street that said "Private Drive" at the entrance, but there wasn't anywhere to turn around. Back up? Well, that's Independence, Kansas. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. We went from Indy to Neodesha (pronounced Neo-duh-shay), from there to Parsons, from Parsons, to Altamont and then back to Coffeyville. It's 2:35 AM... will post the rest of today ... tomorrow.
I would rather live my life as if there is a God,
and die to find out there isn't,
than live my life as if there isn't,
and die to find out there is.