Monday, May 31, 2010

Another getaway to Cottonwood Falls

Well it was back to the Flint Hills for us last Friday.  Can't seem to stay away.  On our last visit, when Mike photographed the prairie fires earlier this spring, we found this wonderful old motel in Cottonwood Falls - the Millstream Motel.  We knew we wanted to come back and stay there - so we did!  Cottonwood Falls has live music every Friday night out in front of the Emma Chase cafe - a pretty good excuse to go I'd say!  We were lucky to get the "cabin" for our overnight stay.  It was so cute!
This little motel is right on the Cottonwood River.  The grounds are so pretty. Here's Mike up on the balcony of the lodge building photographing spider webs.  The lodge building has rooms on the top floor.  The lower floor is one big space that I really wanted to see!  Apparently no one goes in there.....
 There was once a mill right here by the falls.
The whole place was covered with cottonwood fluff!  It looked like snow flying through the air.  I loved how it got all caught up in the spider webs - sure to confound the spiders!  Yeah!

Great fishing from the bridge over the river.  This little guy caught a bass, and he had already caught two before this!  He was pretty proud of his catch, and he really wanted to show me how he cleans and fillets the fish - but I just couldn't watch.  Wimp!
I know I said we went to Cottonwood Falls for the music - but let's just say that the motel and our cute little cabin turned out to be the highlight of the trip!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Cee-gar Box Gee-tar Groove

Several weeks ago we were thoroughly entertained by The Rick Bruner Band at the Classic Bean in Topeka.  It was the highly anticipated debut of Rick's new cigar box guitars made by Wichita Sam!  Yes, we're talking an electric guitar made from a cigar box!  Talk about havin' a bad case of the blues...  oh my we are talkin' a truckload of the blues!
The neck of this one is an old broomstick cut in half.  Here's a picture of the entire thing with Rick fixin' to make it cry for mercy!  Have Mercy Rick!!!
Here's a different one...
...also with AMAZING sound in the capable hands of Mr. Rick Bruner!  Mercy Mercy!!!
The whole show was great, non-stop, rollicking fun.   Here's a rather bad picture of the boys in the band...
Rick teasing the Stratocaster.....
and Rick's great soulful singing...(I think he's singing the GWB song at my request...)
 Love those boots and the playlist!
And for one night only... as a special bonus attraction.....tah dah!!!  Back-up singers!!!
These little girls were ready to step in and be back-up singers if needed.  Just about as cute as it gets!!!
Thanks Rick and The Rick Bruner Band for a great evening!  Hope it happens again soon!  Mercy!!!