Kim is training for a 50k race and wanted to do some running on a rocky trail last weekend, so we took a trip to southern Kansas. On the way, we stopped for a quick leg-stretching visit at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. We arrived after the visitor center had closed, which was fine with us. It’s a terrific visitor center but we just needed a break from driving. Kim wanted a brisk walk and I wanted to wander around and look at flowers and bugs. We both got what we wanted.
Kim walked a trail loop but I didn’t get very far at all before I had my camera out and was kneeling/lying around in the prairie. I always forget how much I like seeing rocks in prairie – it’s not something I get in the prairies closest to home. The stars of the day weren’t the rocks, though. Both showy evening primrose (Oenothera speciosa) and Missouri evening primrose (Oenothera macrocarpa) were putting on a show and I spent the majority of my time enjoying them.
If you’ve never visited it, TPNP is well worth heading to as a destination, but it’s also a pretty great pit stop too. Here are some photos from our quick visit.