Friday of the weekend before last, Nat came home from work early and we went to Riverfront Park for a walk. When we got there, we found out the whole park–the open fields, the trails, the parking lot, the frisbee golf course–was underwater. A lot of water! We walked on the trail on top of the burm in awe. I brought my camera when we went back the next morning. Over the course of the weekend, tons of people were driving up and getting out to walk with their dogs and they seemed so surprised, but there was virtually no news about it (as always in Lawrence). This was all I got: “That warning predicts minor flooding during the day Saturday as the river reaches its flood stage of 18 feet. As of Friday morning, the river was at 15.8 feet. Flooded areas may include lowlands outside the levee on the north side of the river. Burcham Park will be closed on the south side of the river.” So I imagine this is a regular, normal thing, but I’d never seen it before.
In all these pictures, none of the water is the Kansas River (except for a little bit in this one, beyond the line of small trees). This is all normally dry land. Nat and Cody waded around at flooded Burcham Park (more of my Vines here). I mean, isn’t that nuts?! I haven’t been back but I’m curious as to what it looks like now.
We followed the Burcham Park trail up to an old VFW; I used to walk there all the time and never knew the trail was any longer. I really like that neighborhood. There are so many good, quiet spots to live in Lawrence. I want to live in that Second Empire house.