“Then, as often happens in the Flint Hills, the morning shifted, rearranged itself, all the while getting cooler and clearer, and I went off up-county with a tool kit not of shovel and trowels but of imaginary lines and questions and loomings and the archaeologist’s perpetual unease that time is running out before the obliteration hits. And that’s how I started off my fourth term in Chase County, Kansas”.

William Least Heat-Moon

PrairyErth (a deep map)

First Mariner Books 1991