I’ve lived in Ottawa, Kansas, for over a year now. I love it here, I really do, but as I was driving to Manhattan, Kansas, for the North Central Kansas Library System book fair, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the landscape. Recent and desperately needed rains have permeated the Flint Hills prairie, filling previously dry streams and greening up the grasses. There is something about this area of Kansas that resonates with me, and my heart ached just a little to realize how much farther away the Flint Hills are from my new home.
I took a moment to stop and take in the scenery from the scenic overlook on Highway 177 just south of Manhattan. The fog left behind by the morning rain did nothing to mar the view.