The Scent of A Mountain


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Some books demand to be read again. Such is the case with Prairy Erth. Within those pages I accompanied William Least Heat Moon as he explored the Kansas Flint Hills and the Nemaha Mountains.

This range, claims one Kansas geologist, vanished beneath the Kansas prairie some four hundred million years ago, but not before becoming one of the largest on planet Earth.

Not far from U.S. 50, “we” hiked across the Kansas prairie. Moon brought with him a heavy wrench. His purpose was to remove the cap a dry oil well and “see” down that half mile long hole and sniff the vapors from the Nemahas.

I’m not certain his quest was totally satisfied. But he certainly provided me with a seed of interest.


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