Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Latest Posts Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:33:25 GMT Caves, Cliffs Greet Visitors to Kanopolis State Park http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/23/Caves-Cliffs-Greet-Visitors-to-Kanopolis-State-Park/3102/ Reprinted from&nbsp;the Wichita Eagle &nbsp; KANOPOLIS STATE PARK&nbsp;— Six horseback riders crossed a tallgrass savannah, then had hilltop views of a sprawling lake. The horses were stirrup deep as they crossed a clear stream in a valley that looked straight from a classic John Wayne western, framed by towering rim rock — with a pair of sizable caves — and scarred where buffalo hooves had cut into rock for centuries. Eventually the riders traversed dense woodlands and toured a rugged canyon of giant, rose-colored boulders. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/23/Caves-Cliffs-Greet-Visitors-to-Kanopolis-State-Park/3102/ Fun Times in the Vines http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/18/Fun-Times-in-the-Vines/3096/ Before Prohibition, Kansas combined with Missouri to form one of the largest grape growing and winemaking regions in the United States. Although the winemaking industry is now dominated by California, the fertile soils of eastern Kansas are the perfect home for certain varieties of grapes. A number of local vineyards and wineries are winning national and international awards with Kansas-grown grapes.&nbsp; Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/18/Fun-Times-in-the-Vines/3096/ Bikepacking the Flint Hills Part III: A Day on the Trail http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/28/Bikepacking-the-Flint-Hills-Part-III-A-Day-on-the-Trail-/3100/ Bikepacking the Flint Hills Nature Trail Part III: A Day on the Trail is the final post in a three-part series. To read more about Andy's adventure you can check out&nbsp;Part I: Preparation&nbsp;and&nbsp;Part II: Hitting the Road.4-26-14 Rise and ShineSo, apparently there was some crazy goose fighting and raccoon chatter overheard last night. As for myself, I was out once my head hit the saddlebag. On rides, I use my bag as a pillow, with some extra clothes and padding as fill. Bike camping can be about simplicity and “roughing it” a bit. It’s what you make of it, and I like minimizing what I have to haul (although I’m still learning as is shown in some of my pictures). Wed, 28 May 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/28/Bikepacking-the-Flint-Hills-Part-III-A-Day-on-the-Trail-/3100/ Bikepacking the Flint Hills Part II: Hitting the Road http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/27/Bikepacking-the-Flint-Hills-Part-II-Hitting-the-Road/3099/ Bikepacking the Flint Hills Nature Trail&nbsp;Part II: Hitting the Road&nbsp;is the second post in a three-part series. To read more about Andy's adventure you can check out&nbsp;Part I: Preparation&nbsp;and&nbsp;Part III: A Day on the Trail.&nbsp;4-25-14 TGIF (Afternoon)&nbsp; Arriving home from work it's mid-afternoon and everyone is ready to roll. I throw together some last minute items; change into cooler clothes and slap on some sunscreen on this unseasonably warm spring day. It’s tradition that we try and take a "before” and “after” pictures, so we line up the bikes, snap a couple and hit the road. Tue, 27 May 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/27/Bikepacking-the-Flint-Hills-Part-II-Hitting-the-Road/3099/ Bikepacking the Flint Hills Part I: Preparation http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/26/Bikepacking-the-Flint-Hills-Part-I-Preparation/3097/ Bikepacking the Flint Hills Nature Trail&nbsp;Part I: Preparation&nbsp;is the first post in a three-part series. To read more about Andy's adventure you can check out&nbsp;Part II: Hitting the road&nbsp;and&nbsp;Part III: A Day on the Trail. 4-16-14 Preparing Like many epic adventures, it all comes down to the last minute throwing together of sleeping bags, water bottles or a camelback and details to make sure everyone’s on track. The biggest decision that had to be made was where to camp. Riding over three days we could easily end up staying in two different places, but the locations along the Flint Hills Nature Trail are slim for bicycle and hiking traffic. Hopefully that’s something that will develop, very similar to what has occurred on the KATY Rail Trail in Missouri among other destination trails.&nbsp; Mon, 26 May 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/26/Bikepacking-the-Flint-Hills-Part-I-Preparation/3097/ Wilson State Park a Good Reason to Pull Off I-70 http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/19/Wilson-State-Park-a-Good-Reason-to-Pull-Off-I-70/3101/ Reprinted from The Wichita Eagle WILSON STATE PARK — On a recent evening Bob Nicholson and friends spent a few hours pedaling one of the best biking/hiking trails in the world. Mon, 19 May 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/19/Wilson-State-Park-a-Good-Reason-to-Pull-Off-I-70/3101/ Walnut Valley Festival http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/Walnut-Valley-Festival/3095/ Every year, right as the heat subsides but before the leaves change, comes a landmark occasion for music lovers in Kansas. If your grass is blue, then the Walnut Valley Festival is the place for you. Winfield, in the southeast corner of the state, becomes a home away from home for thousands of folk and flatpickin’ fans every September. It’s almost become a rite of passage for any native Kansan. Fri, 16 May 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/Walnut-Valley-Festival/3095/ May 4, 2007—A Day Greensburg Will Never Forget http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/4/May-4-2007-A-Day-Greensburg-Will-Never-Forget/3094/ As the sun rose on May 5, it gave the city’s 1,400 residents a clear view of the havoc caused by an F-5 tornado. Despite the loss and devastation, the city persevered to rebuild—but rebuild a new and environmentally friendly city. Sun, 04 May 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/4/May-4-2007-A-Day-Greensburg-Will-Never-Forget/3094/ Kansas on Two Wheels: Smoky Valley Scenic Byway http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/13/Kansas-on-Two-Wheels-Smoky-Valley-Scenic-Byway/3088/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Picture-12.png'/><br/> Last, but not least. &nbsp;The&nbsp;Smoky Valley Scenic Byway&nbsp;was the last of the eleven byways we traveled this year, but it definitely wasn't the least. &nbsp;Located in Trego and Ness counties in west central Kansas, the Smoky Valley Scenic Byway gave us an additional 60 miles of exploring on highways we'd never visited before. &nbsp;&nbsp; Wed, 13 Nov 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/13/Kansas-on-Two-Wheels-Smoky-Valley-Scenic-Byway/3088/ Tanganyika Wildlife Park: A wildly different stop near Wichita http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/6/Tanganyika-Wildlife-Park-A-wildly-different-stop-near-Wichita/3087/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/IMGP0010.jpg'/><br/>The Tanganyika Wildlife Park takes a wildly different approach from other experiences I've seen in Kansas. While many zoos&nbsp;are gradually putting visitors further and further away from the animals, this park invites you for an up-close hands-on experience. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/6/Tanganyika-Wildlife-Park-A-wildly-different-stop-near-Wichita/3087/