A Sanctuary in the City

| 11/18/2008 9:16:30 AM

I had a wonderfully relaxing experience the other day. I went on a nature walk with a friend of mine. Living in the city, this was a real treat for me – and I didn’t even have to venture far from home!

The Kansas Museum of History is located on the west side of Topeka. The area surrounding the museum was preserved as a natural habitat for Kansas creatures such as white tail deer and wild turkey. Four different trails meander through native grasses and woodlands. Signs along the way tell visitors about the natural and cultural history of the area.

Brenda on Bridge

My friend and I decided to take the east and north trails. As we walked and talked, I felt the stress of the previous weeks completely melt away. Feeling like I was far removed from the everyday busyness of life had a calming effect on me.

I felt quite adventurous as we walked along the mulch-covered trail. I heard something rustling in the grass as we walked pass the native grass area. I wondered what it could be. I could only imagine what it must have been like for Native Americans to stalk a deer or turkey in the tall grass. I wondered what the pioneers thought when they first set eyes on this land with its rolling hills and shoulder-high grass waving in the wind.

Once we passed the prairie grass, we entered into a wooded area. The sound of birds and water babbling in a nearby creek could be heard through the trees. We walked along the creek bank and crossed over wooden bridges sheltered by a canopy of trees. Red berries were abundant in this area and I wondered whether or not they were poisonous.