Windy Earth Day Walk

Windy and cloudy
Windy and cloudy

I waited until almost noon before taking Apollo on our weekly extra long Sunday walk.  Since I woke up in the middle of the night to watch some of the meteor shower, I slept a couple of hours past when I normally wake up.  With a brisk north wind blowing in clouds, I also delayed the walk in the vain hope the temperature would rise. I wiled away the morning recording the first two races of the F1 2012 season to DVD and reading a couple of books.  I wrote a couple of short blog posts as well.  Once Terry woke up, I left with Apollo, leaning into the stiff northwest wind.  I needed to reinforce Apollo’s training, so I placed the pinch collar on him.  I could immediately tell the difference.  Apollo did not want to pull me along, since he inflicted the pinch on himself when he did.

When we reached Nina Street, I noticed a different type of blooming flower growing along a fence.  I took a picture, even though the wind ruffled the blooms continuously:

Purple flowers

Apollo and I continued northwest towards the highway and West Mary Street.  I planned an hour long walk, meaning I would continue until a half hour had elapsed and then turn around and retrace my steps.

Apollo says Hi!
Apollo says Hi!

We didn’t wait long for the signal to change and were on our way west after safely traversing the highway.  I saw a couple of other walkers on the other side of the street, but so far no other dogs.  Apollo didn’t seem very interested in the grass or light posts or fire hydrants, perhaps because he didn’t like tugging on the leash and causing the collar to pinch him.

Bittersweet and MaryWe walked past the first apartment complex, where the American flag flapped stiffly in the wind (see first photo above).  We continued past the second under-construction apartment complex and approached the relatively new Lansing Elementary School.  Just as we were passing the school, I heard and saw lower flying jet aircraft just to the north of our position.  These planes were flying under the clouds, and circling around in formation.  I immediately realized they were military aircraft, probably rehearsing for a flyover of the Kansas Speedway and the NASCAR race to take place this afternoon.  I tried repeatedly to snap photos of them with my cell phone as I continued walking towards my chosen turnaround point:  Bittersweet Street.

We crossed Mary Street, mostly to give Apollo new sights and smells to investigate.  A man and his dog, which seemed to be a smaller younger version of Apollo, continued west on Mary Street, but not without the two dogs trying desperately to meet each other.  I finally got Apollo headed east, although he whined about not meeting a new dog friend for a few seconds.  I continued my efforts to photograph the jets, finally catching them as we neared the highway.

Miltary AircraftI learned (later) via friends on Facebook, that these were A10 Warthogs and they did, in fact, flyover the Kansas Speedway.

Apollo and I safely crossed the highway and returned home.  We walked for an hour, despite the wind and the Warthogs.

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