In early June, I went on a photo excursion with my best friend, Lisa, to photograph the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in the Flint Hills of Kansas. It was great to just take the time to focus on our creativity and our love of photography. It also felt awesome to hang out with my best friend again. We hadn’t hung out with each other like that since our time in college. It reminded me of when we lived in California and we would just pick up and drive through the hills of Santa Barbara to anywhere or nowhere to find interesting things to photograph.
The quite little town of Council Grove, Kansas was refreshingly quaint and welcoming. We stayed at the Cottage Inn which was in a really big old white house with a wrap around porch and rocking chairs for sittin’. Guest would sit out there sipping iced tea and conversating. There was no body gazing at their phones like zombies. People were actually enjoying each other’s company. It was like stepping back in time. It was nice.
The Kansas motto is Per Aspera Ad Astra which is latin for through hardships to the stars. I love that. I was so stoked to hear that because my wife has it tattooed on her arm. I couldn’t wait to tell her.
Visit Kansas. It’s a nice place to get away, cleanse yourself of the hustle & bustle, and to be creative. 🙂