April Flanders traveled from her home in Boone, NC to work at Prairieside Outpost in May/June 2014.
Time really acted differently in the Flint Hills. Perhaps it was the solitude, and the temporary shedding of my mommy and wife role, but time slowed down. I spent my days tracing and cutting, tracing and cutting and… hiking. I did some glorious hikes in the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. My first hike took me through some tall grass still wet with dew and it was there that I had my first lesson – tall grass wet with dew equals soggy socks — take them off and wring them out soggy! I was rewarded though, with a brief but spirited conversation with a hawk, and an encounter with a turtle no bigger than a silver dollar.
Work in progress by April Flanders, 2014.