We ventured into the Smoky Hills of Ellsworth County for our anniversary the weekend of August 11. What a beautiful part of the country! This is where my husband grew up, and where we lived for eight years when our children were small. Recent rains have the ponds brimming and the roadside ditches full of wildflowers and native prairie grasses. And the hillsides are green green green. The clouds were so beautiful the day we made this drive. It really was breathtaking!