I so enjoyed reading the Little House on the Prairie books to my daughters when they were the ages of the children in the stories.
This past weekend we drove by several prairies through which Plum Creek flows, the same Plum Creek featured in one of the “Little House” books, where the Ingalls family built a dug-out home in a steep prairie hillside.
The prairies near Laura’s dugout house on the banks of the creek may have looked like this:
For comparison, check out this (unfortunately, very poor quality) video of the opening minute of a typical episode. It’s not easy to run down a prairie hill — there are lots of obstacles.