Okay, I confess, while I was taking in the magnificent heartland scenery, trying to get a sense of this rural landscape - rolling and expansive in comparison with others more familiar along the Eastern seaboard - I occasionally glanced warily at the western horizon. This is acknowledged tornado country (hello, Dorothy and Toto) and it's a reputation that is difficult to shake mentally, especially if you've never been there. Those forces of nature are not to be trivialized - they're scary and dangerous. Gazing at the sprawling landscapes, it was easy to see how the openness of that vast terrain is an inviting playground for a madly spinning twister.
But enough about that. There were no tornados (although, apparently, there was a raging thunderstorm overnight one evening that neither Susan nor I noticed) and the weather was grand.
We toured around the region and went to look at a horse for sale nearby that Susan had heard about and thought might be suitable for a mutual friend back here in New York who is in the market for a new steed. (The gelding we saw turned out to be quite special, so much so that both Susan and I could envision owning him! No decisions yet, but we were glad we made the trip to see him.)
We grabbed a cup of fresh-pressed cider for the road (tasty!). The visit gave me some food for thought (literally and figuratively) about a Kansas lifestyle as I contemplate my options for relocation. Not sure that I will move, as I do love my area of the country, but it's no secret that taxes in New York are the highest in the country and I've never been a huge fan of snow, so I've been contemplating other parts of the country as alternatives.
In all, it was a great trip and a wonderful visit with my friend. I'm looking forward to returning soon to experience more of the Sunflower State's attractions.