This year Erin suggested a stay cation as our theme for the 2nd Annual Challenge of Travel.
Kansas sometimes gets a bad rap for being boring, but I would bet if people slowed down and took a closer look instead of zooming on to their destination in another state, they might be surprised.
The state of Kansas is named after the Kansa Native American Tribe. The tribe's name is often said to mean 'South Wind People'
The state motto is 'To the Stars Through Difficulties'
Nickname is the Sunflower State
After the Civil War large numbers of immigrants settled in Kansas, the largest being the Germans and Mennonites. The Czech's settled in as well and the town of Wilson became the home of the Czech Bohemians. Lindsborg in the Smoky Valley region was settled by Swedish immigrant pioneers. And the only remaining all black town west of the Mississippi of Nicodemus was established by freed slaves in 1877, and is now a historic site.
Kansas has many interesting cities where you can explore forts, rock formations, farms, museums, historical homes and so much more.
But for now I'm focusing on the Tallgrass Prairie.
Tallgrass Prairie during the Symphony on the Prairie. The view goes on and on.
Tallgrass prairie once covered more than 140 million acres of the United States from Indiana to Kansas and from Canada to Texas. Nearly all of it is gone, plowed under for agriculture.
Ranchers overlooking the trail posing with their trusty steeds.
Here ranchers lead cattle to water as the sun begins to set.
Covered wagons treat guests to a spin out on the prairie.
The perfect ending to a perfect day.
I made a necklace for this challenge to celebrate the state flower. The ceramic focal came from
Slate Studio Supply. I didn't finish the piece because I completely ran out of the brass chain. I think you can picture what the end result will be.
Thank you for letting me share my home state with you. Please hop on over to Erin's blog to see more wonderful places.