Last week our family traveled to Lamar, Colorado for the wedding of a close friend. When we left home, we knew there was a chance of snow, but we were not fully prepared for what we witnessed. I think it is safe to say that few of us from Southeast Kansas thought the weather was going to be as bad as it turned out last Saturday. Like I said, we were there for a wedding and the first pictures are a few I took before the wedding in Lamar.
|My brother kindly overlaid a map and marked the site of the reception. His thoughts were that you couldn't have picked a worse location for a reception during that storm.|
We saw cows huddled next to the south fences all along the road to Two Buttes. They had walked away from the storm until they hit the fence. Some of our non-farm friends even commented about them. My farmer said, "They won't leave that spot all night. They won't walk into that wind." Little did we know at the time that some of those cows probably would never leave that spot alive. The snow was so wet and heavy that it buried cows and calves alive and/or suffocated them. They were also wet from rain that fell until the wind turned cold and the snow began to fall.
A special thanks to Sheri Scimeca Thompson of Sharp Shots by Sheri for allowing me
to share some of the overnight photos.
Here are some more pictures sent to me from Lalane McClure of Hugoton, KS.
P.S. This isn't the post I had planned for this week, but it is the story that needs to be told and from what my friends are telling me it is another story in the heartland that the National Media is ignoring.