I feel this way about the prairie/rangeland too. For me it should say "She loved the sea and the prairie. She loved the sharp salty smell of the air and the warm rush of the grass, and the vastness..... just a thought.
for her the ocean was more than a dream, it was a place she needed to visit to find herself. and when she returned to the city, you could see the sun in her eyes, the wind in her hair, and the taste of the infinite salt on her lips. --jose chaves