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Toto, We’re Not In Carlsbad Anymore…

Continental Breakfast in Wamego, KAAs if the gray-brown fields and barren trees as far as the eye can see, 360 degrees around, don’t convince one that this is not the beach town of Carlsbad, CA, a simple trip to the Super 8 Motel’s free continental breakfast room in Wamego, KS — that’s the hotel in which I spent the night last night — will convince you, these folks expect something different in their buffets. That much is easy to tell.

To the best of my recollection, this is the first time I have ever seen offered alongside the coffee and donuts a fresh serving of biscuits and gravy. I had to take some.

Back up a few minutes, though… I almost made a complete idiot out of myself. I lucked out: I only looked like a doofus. I was a little bleary-eyed, to be sure, compounded by not donning my glasses for the quick trip to to the breakfast room. I first grabbed my coffee, then got a big ladle full of what I thought was steaming hot oatmeal with cinnamon and apple bits. Lifting the ladle out of the crock pot forced the aroma quickly to my nose whereupon I discovered I was about to serve myself a bowlful of sausage gravy. At that moment, noting two ladies in line, I decided to put the bowl down, grab a small paper plate and toss a buttermilk biscuit onto it and quickly drizzle only a little of the gravy onto it.

I’m sure I looked like I knew what I was doing.

After my fine meal I wandered out to the car to grab a couple of items for the day, and snapped a few pictures of things you don’t see in Carlsbad, like ice on the ground [Picture], frost piled up against the curb [Picture], or the frost retreating from the ravenous sunshine sapping up the shadows [Picture]. The brown leaves and twigs trapped in the ice [Picture], and farm houses next door [Picture].

The world is full of art, anywhere you go.

I am totally loving this trip. I see God everywhere I look.

5 Comments

  1. Joanne, yo' sista

    February 26, 2007 at 11:15 am

    So glad this opportunity came along for you! Great to stretch your eyes with a different view, isn’t it?!

  2. WOW! I really like that picture of the leaves and twigs trapped in the ice!! How awesome! im glad you’re back safe!

  3. Thank you for seeing God in everything… that’s what your dad and I wanted you to see. Loved the photo of the KS farm house. (Note it’s not KA). See, I still get to teach you something. Love, Mom

    But God isn’t responsible for GRAVY.

  4. Changing to KS. Good catch. 🙂

  5. I’m so bummed I didn’t catch that Kansas abbreviation typo…

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