O Beautiful for Spacious Skies

| 8/19/2015 9:20:00 AM

Renee-Lucie BenoitI took a break from blogging because I was on a road trip to Kansas with my sister for a couple weeks. Everyone joked, "Is this going to be a re-do of Thelma and Louise?" I said, "No, unless it is the version in which Thelma and Louise live and they take another road trip 30 years later. In our fictitious version we've left our rotten husbands years ago and no sleazy bar crawler will look at us much less a Brad Pitt look-alike at a roadside motel. If we went in to rob a convenience store the proprietor would laugh himself silly. No, this isn't Thelma and Louise. Let's call it Toni and Lucille."

When my sister and I made plans for me to visit her in Colorado, I immediately thought, "Road Trip!" and stated emphatically that I wanted to take a few days to see the Flint Hills, Dodge City and wind up in Topeka to meet the staff at Capper's Farmer. So that's exactly what we did. I can say most sincerely that the staff at Capper's is a jolly bunch. My sister and I enjoyed talking and lunching with them. Thank you, Capper's!

Then we hit the road. The last time I was in Kansas was when I was 10. We were headed to Los Angeles from Iowa to visit my mom's sister. All I remember is peering out the window of the tiny travel trailer in the early dawn and being flabbergasted by the sight of .... nothing! The horizon was flat as the proverbial pancake. Featureless, amazing, thrilling. This time I found that my 10-year-old remembrance was woefully incomplete.

Not only is Kansas beautiful, it is varied in terrain. The east is rolling hills, wooded for the most part. The middle is covered by the Flint Hills, north and south, and gorgeous. It is only the west that is flat. Even then, if you look close, you see lots of interesting detail especially in the Tall Grass Prairie.

We start our road trip in Colorado with a detour but in no time at all we see the "Welcome to Kansas" road sign. Our first stop is Hays. This is one of the beautiful limestone homes they have there. I love the spreading elm tree in the yard.

Our first stop is Hays. This is one of the beautiful limestone homes they have there. I love the spreading elm tree in the yard.

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