I was camped between towns last night three miles west of Prairie View, Kansas. I was next to a lightly traveled county road about 150 yards from the main highway, U.S. 36. I was getting packed up ready to start walking for the day and heard a car come down the road and stopped next to me. A young woman asked me if I needed a lunch. She gave me the lunch she had made for herself to eat at her work. How kind! She makes a great macaroni salad!
It has been a while since I camped outside of town, so I rather enjoyed staying out in the countryside. I enjoyed seeing the fireflies. I was surprised to hear the howling of coyotes coming from several different directions. I rather enjoyed listening to them. I did not realize they had a significant coyote population in Kansas. It has also been fun to see whitetail deer on a regular basis. In Utah, we have mule deer and not whitetail.
The picture shows a place along the road, west of Norton, Kansas, where the road construction cut through a hill for the intersection of two roads. I thought it was a good illustration of the prairie topsoil and the underlying earth. I estimate the topsoil is 2 to 3 feet deep. Please make a comment if you know if the underlying earth here is what is called “hardpan.” Please comment on this post by clicking on the title at the top of the article Free Lunch. That will take you to a page just for this article. Scroll down the page and you will see the comment section where you can add your comment.