A mule in a firework shop? Of course. It’s Independence Day weekend in Quinter, Kansas. Angie and Clint usually settle cattle. Not this weekend.
Mule Polly and I are heading back to North Carolina after a wonderful visit to Colorado. We’re breaking the 1500 mile trip in to 4 days. Thing is, we just set out for home. No pre-planning where to spend the night. No booking in to a horse motel for the night. We just hit the road this morning and chug-chugged 350 miles at 55 mph, taking in the land as it rolled from mountain peaked Colorado to rolling Kansas ranch land.
Two hours before sunset I ease my old truck and trailer in to Quinter, Kansas. I ask a man emptying a grain truck where a man and mule might spend the night. “Down at the fireworks stand,” he tells me and that’s how I met Angie and Clint Kvasnicka.
Most weeks, Angie and Clint run the Quinter Livestock Yard. Not next week. Because the 4th of July lands on a week day this week, they’ve cancelled the sale. Instead, they’ve filled the office and stockyard cafe with fireworks.
Of course Polly and I went for a tour.
Thanks Angie and Clinton for hosting mule Polly and me. We sure enjoyed the fireworks and hamburger. It makes me feel great to know that a stranger and his mule can still show up in Quinter and be made to feel so at home. Happy Independence Day weekend.