Friday, October 19, 2012

In The Spirit of Things

The US Men’s National Team played a World Cup Qualifier against Guatemala at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City this past Tuesday. The match was the last game of this round of qualification. When I found out the game was going to matter, I had to make the trek across Kansas to see the match. The US needed at least a tie to advance to next round of Qualification that takes place next year. The match started out with a scare. Guatemala went up 1-0 five minutes into the game. The US would have been eliminated had that result held up. Fortunately, the US responded quickly and won the game 3-1.
Tony Meola - Starting goalkeeper for the US in the 1990 & 1994 World Cups.  Apparently, he works for Allstate now.
Livestrong Sporting Park
The Starting 11
American Outlaws
On the drive back to Colorado, I decided to get off the Interstate and see the high country of western Kansas. I made a stop to do a serious hike and get a better perspective of the western Kansas high country. Here are the pictures.
Me on top of Mt. Sunflower.  The highest point in Kansas at 4,039 feet.
Mt. Sunflower
Looking back at the trailhead from the top of Mt. Sunflower.
Looking west from the lofty heights of Mt. Sunflower
Looking back at the summit of Mt. Sunflower