On a weekend filled with a July 4th parade, Laura’s birthday on the 5th and a visit from her college roommate and long-time friend, we decided to cap all the fun with a hike along the trails of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in the Flint Hills just outside Strong City, Kansas.
Once, over 400,000 square miles of tallgrass prairie covered North America. Today only 4% remains. Thankfully, 10,894 miles of that prairie remain preserved at the site in Kansas. Trails run for over 40 miles throughout the preserve. Somehow, we managed to explore over ten of those miles during our three-hour exploration leaving us weary but very happy.
The Preserve’s growing herd of bison could only be seen from great distance, insuring that Laura and I will be back to explore even more miles along the trails. From the array of various state license plates there Sunday afternoon, we expect company. Our hope is everyone we know will someday take the time to enjoy the glorious Flint Hills and the Tallgrass Preserve.