This area of Kansas is stunning. The Flint Hills remains much the way it was at least 300 years ago. The dusty ruts of the California and Oregon Trails may be gone but the history of their migration are steeped in the landscapes, architecture, and residents.
As I traveled back north towards Nebraska the little towns were begging for travelers to stop and stay awhile. Signs for historic hotels and landmarks. “Two-dog, cow towns” diminishing with less rail traffic, beautiful sturdy limestone buildings erected to conform the non-conformists, and the “oldest round-a-bout in Kansas, which was a fun gathering area for the citizens of Blue Rapids.
The world seems tiny when traveling in a local areas. Take some time to really enjoy what each of your stops offers. Our world may seem tiny while looking at the big picture but when you slow down to experience the big gifts of small towns you might just see how really magnificent tiny can be.