Saturday was the second day of the very successful Dirt, Denim & Diamonds conference.
There were so many things that I loved about this conference. At the top of the list was the location. Living Water Ranch is located northwest of Manhattan, KS and is nestled in the Flint Hills. It is a gorgeous site with beautiful vistas in every direction.
The drive to Living Water Ranch is one of my top five in Kansas. It is amazing that you are close to town and yet, you feel like you are really getting away.
If anyone ever tells you that Kansas is flat, you only have to take them on this drive. Love these rolling hills.
When you turn south to travel to Living Water Ranch, you cross a cattle guard. If you are new to this, you might think that it is for drainage or some other purpose. It actually keeps cattle (or other livestock) in a fenced area - in this case, the pasture. There is a fence around the pasture, but to allow cars and other vehicles to come and go without opening and closing a gate, the cattle guard can stand in the place of a gate. The animals are not able to walk over it, yet people and cars can move across it easily.
I always feel this great sense of "getting away" when I drive across the cattle guard.
It also puts me on alert in the event a cow or calf are hanging out on the road.
I loved the views of the grasslands and the lake beyond.
The cows along the drive and in the pasture just completed the whole setting.
Once at the conference, I found myself surrounded by awesome women across many generations, representing may different connections to agriculture, and from locations all around the region.
The sessions were educational and interesting. The conversations between sessions and over meals were very, very special.
I spent some time today sorting through my stack of business cards and session handouts. I have plans to reach out to several of the women who attended.
Congratulations to my friend for an excellent conference full of sisterhood, learning, and fun!