Flat. Flatter than anything else I've seen. That is my overwhelming impression in this stretch of the trip.
Driving in Nebraska, I wrote this:
I stare out the windows of the car, mouth hanging open like a child. I look as far as the eye can see to were the corn touches the sky. Nebraska is not completely flat so I wait until we reach the next rise and then look hard just mesmerized by the experience of seeing land stretch out like the sea, blips of trees blue like distant hills. In addition to the slight roll of the land and the scattered trees there are water towers, farm houses, barns, telephone poles and cell/radio towers adding interest to the landscape. The view is almost entirely lush green and pale blue, one sphere touching the other at the horizon. I have lived in a valley for my entire life. This is a totally new experience.
Our Lincoln event was at Signature Bindery and Porridge Papers. I cannot say enough good things about these businesses and the two men that run them. The space was stunning, they were as welcoming and helpful as possible, and we had a blast being there! I took a bunch of pictures of all the antique equipment they use for printing. Beautiful and totally in use after ~100 years!
Lincoln was wonderful and in many ways quite different from where I live. Football games are always sold out. The land is flat. The streets are straight forming a grid. Four lanes of traffic cruise by on one way roads. The heat was stifling. Shops and restaurants come in all types and flavors. We went to Licorice International (all they sell is licorice from all over the world), a Made in Nebraska store, an ice cream shop selling hand-cranked ice cream, and a farm-to-table breakfast place. The capitol building is a beautiful piece of architecture designed by Bertram Goodhue.
I was brought to Lincoln, Nebraska by my friend Meghan Davidson. Meghan and I were cabin mates at Squam Art Workshops a couple years ago. It was great to catch up with her in person and see her corner of the world. She pours out thoughtful words and beautiful photographs over at her website, Life Refocused. I get to see her again at World Domination Summit in a couple weeks.
I filmed at the event too, but haven't had a chance to put it together yet. Soon!