In early June 2018, I went on a photo excursion with my best friend, Lisa Hampton, to photograph the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in the Flint Hills of Kansas. It was great to take the time to focus on our creativity and our love of photography. It also felt wonderful to hang out with my best friend again. We hadn’t spent time with one other like that since we were in college. It reminded me of when we lived in California. We would spontaneously pick up and drive through the hills of Santa Barbara to anywhere or nowhere to find interesting things to photograph.
The quiet little town of Council Grove, Kansas, was refreshingly quaint and welcoming. We stayed at the Cottage Inn, a charming old white house with a wrap-around porch and rocking chairs for sittin’. Guests would sit out there, sipping iced tea and conversing – nobody was gazing at their phones like zombies. People were 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.
Visit Kansas. It’s a nice place to get away, cleanse yourself of the hustle & bustle, and to be creative. 🙂