To me, it's the little things that make it great. Things like...
...putting my foot on the brass rail at Brant's Meat Market and chatting with Doug before I buy some sausage
...shouting my name at Echo Cliff (near Dover) and hear it come bouncing back
...sticking my toes in the clear waters at Shoal Creek at Schermerhorn Park and closing my eyes to imagine early-day Route 66 travelers stopping here to do the same
...climbing to the crest of Point of Rocks at Cimarron National Grassland and imagining Santa Fe Trail wagons coming in to view
...standing beside the Brewster Higley cabin north of Athol and running my fingers over the words to his poem (now state song) etched on the side of the cabin
...tracing the outline of home plate at Walter Johnson's country birth site near Humboldt
...climbing the steep path to the top of the bluff on the Kansas/Nebraska line near White Cloud to find the survey marker
...staring in awe at the Father Kapaun memorial near the church at Pilsen and thinking of the love and compassion he gave his fellow POW's
...walking inside the St. Mary's Church at St. Benedict for the predictable jaw-dropping view
...having a picnic at the base of the Monument Rocks
...swinging on the tree swings at the Hays city cemetery
...taking the trail below the iron truss bridge at Elk Falls to splash around on the big flat stones
...going in to any small town and just talking to the people.
I adore what this state offers in its architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history, and people. It's the total package. It's won my heart a million times and I look forward to enjoy every step of the journey yet to come.
Where do you want explore this year?
To explore the state is to "get" her, is to love her.
Happy Kansas Day.
KE #2 Marci Penner