Thursday, September 9, 2021

Sunset over Pomona Lake and I'm Sick

Location: Michigan Valley Recreation Area (COE); near Lyndon, Kansas. (about 20 south of Topeka, Kansas)

This is a nice campground but due to me not feeling very well, I've only walked around it one time and have not explored anything beyond the boundaries of the lake (Pomona Lake). It is a good shady, pull-thru campsite although I had to back into it because of low hanging limbs. Not a problem though. I was lucky and got a nice sunset over the lake on the first night.

Pomona Lake. It looks like dozens and dozens of other lakes I've been camped at.

Nice shady site.

The lake is straight down that road.

How is that for luck. The setting sun shining right through that opening in the trees.

You can tell how empty the campground is, mainly because it is mid-week and the kids are back in school.

I walked down the bank of the lake and was surprised there weren't other people down there. I've stayed in several parks on lake where just about everyone in the campground comes down to see the sun go down.

The lake level is full and they have their gates wide open.
I haven't seen many sunsets on this trip. I have hopes for a good one at the last campground before getting home.

Yep, I'm sick. It came on during the night before leaving the last campground at The Lancaster Event Center. Just out of the blue and in the middle of the night I awoke to a metallic taste in the back of my throat. It was 3:30 a.m. and I thought I could hear a faint 4-wheeler moving somewhere in the campground. I thought maybe the event center was spraying a herbicide or insecticide after the horse show. I went back to sleep for an hour before starting to cough. It was a dry cough and was hacking up phlegm. Ut-oh,,,,,, I knew then it wasn't some spraying. It was probably "bronchitis". I've had it before and it comes on suddenly. The symptoms are coughing up phlegm with a very mild runny nose. Zero fever, zero breathing problems, except when coughing, and zero headaches. With those symptoms I'm pretty sure it is bronchitis and not Covid. I've also learned there isn't any really effective medicine so it is a waste of time to see a doctor. The only thing to do is treat the symptoms and wait for it to go away in about a week or so. My treatment is Robitussin Cough syrup with a cough suppressant and expectorant. A cough drop occasionally and about half a shot of Fireball Whiskey in the evening. I'll also take a Coracidin pill before bedtime. 

Tomorrow is moving day and I'll be moving about 130 miles south to a City Campground in the town of Coffeyville, Kansas. I'll be there two days.

I believe my sickness would end quicker if only a pretty woman would place her hand on my forehead and whisper softly in my ear,,,, "It'll be OK". Oh well, I know how to suffer in silence and it isn't the first or last time I'll be sick, alone. 

Ya'll take care of each other. I'll Cya down the road.


  1. It'll be OK.,
    a gentle voiced woman

  2. That also sounds like the severe grass allergies folks are having around here now. Good luck with the cure.

    1. I'm pretty sure that's not what I have Barney but thanks anyhow

  3. That's too bad Darrell. There are few things I can think of much worse than being sick, in a strange place, and all alone..... Throw in some Bat flu concerns and it sounds like a miserable time.... But this too shall pass.


    1. Thanks Tom. Like I said this isn't the first time it definitely won't be the last.

  4. It'll be okay, take a hot cup of lemon water with a tablespoon of honey and a shot of whiskey... cover up with lots of blankets and sweat it out and it will be gone in the morning! said in a whisper woman's voice :) get better soon.

    1. Thanks MCA. I don't have any lemon or honey but I did take a shot of whiskey. I slept pretty good. Thanks also for your whisper.