Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Latest Posts Sun, 29 Nov 2015 20:38:38 GMT Troy's First Turkey: Kansas Hooks a New Turkey Hunter http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2015/2/Troy-s-First-Turkey-Kansas-Hooks-a-New-Turkey-Hunter/3117/  Sharing in the thrill of a hunter’s first turkey kill is exciting. And when that hunter is your spouse, it’s the making for a perfect Friday night date – especially in the spring, when Kansas ... Mon, 02 Nov 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2015/2/Troy-s-First-Turkey-Kansas-Hooks-a-New-Turkey-Hunter/3117/ Southwest Kansas: 5 Gems for Birders and Other Wildlife Watchers http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2015/28/Southwest-Kansas-5-Gems-for-Birders-and-Other-Wildlife-Watchers/3116/ When pioneers traveled the Santa Fe Trail, they considered traveling through Southwest Kansas to be among the most difficult parts of the journey. Times have changed since then, but today ... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2015/28/Southwest-Kansas-5-Gems-for-Birders-and-Other-Wildlife-Watchers/3116/ My Kansas Turkey Hunt: The Belly Crawl and The Train http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2015/10/My-Kansas-Turkey-Hunt-The-Belly-Crawl-and-The-Train/3115/ Friday morning dawn came fast. I’d put the birds to bed the night before at the Grand Osage Wildlife Area in Parsons, Kan., so I knew right where I’d find the turkeys. The lady at the security ... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2015/10/My-Kansas-Turkey-Hunt-The-Belly-Crawl-and-The-Train/3115/ Milford’s Birding Beauties: Eagles, Tern, Sandpipers and More http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2015/19/Milford-s-Birding-Beauties-Eagles-Tern-Sandpipers-and-More/3113/ The question isn’t which birds you’ll see around Milford Lake but rather how much time you have to spend seeing them. There are many great locations around the lake where you can ... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2015/19/Milford-s-Birding-Beauties-Eagles-Tern-Sandpipers-and-More/3113/ Western High Plains South Puts Modern Twist on Cowtown Charm http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/Western-High-Plains-South-Puts-Modern-Twist-on-Cowtown-Charm/3111/   The story of our Yellow Brick Road Trip through the southern part of the Western High Plains began in the bathroom. Prior to our trip, I made arrangements with Ruth Ann at Greensburg GreenTown for a tour. I was curious about the transformation of the community after it was nearly completely leveled by an EF5 tornado in 2007.  Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/Western-High-Plains-South-Puts-Modern-Twist-on-Cowtown-Charm/3111/ This Northwestern Road Trip Rocks the Stereotype http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/This-Northwestern-Road-Trip-Rocks-the-Stereotype-/3110/ One of the things I love most about being a Kansas girl is the remarkable diversity of this state. In fact, if you had been along with me on my Yellow Brick Road Trip through the Northwestern High Plains, you would have marveled at dramatic rock formations and tasted the rich brew of a local coffee roaster. You could have experienced Kansas’ African-American heritage or hiked miles of scenic trails.  Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/This-Northwestern-Road-Trip-Rocks-the-Stereotype-/3110/ Tow Trucks and Chicken Dinners – Treasures in the Eastern Wooded Hills http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/Tow-Trucks-and-Chicken-Dinners-Treasures-in-the-Eastern-Wooded-Hills/3109/ Some of my most cherished childhood memories are of my grandparents taking my brothers and me on journeys across Kansas. Now that I have children of my own, I want them to have the same ... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/Tow-Trucks-and-Chicken-Dinners-Treasures-in-the-Eastern-Wooded-Hills/3109/ Reconnect with Friends on this Girls-Only Getaway http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/Reconnect-with-Friends-on-this-Girls-Only-Getaway/3108/ It’s not often I get to steal away with my two high school BFFs for a weekend to reconnect and recharge. A weekend without kids and significant others means time for us to catch up, share stories, and celebrate with great food and shopping. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/Reconnect-with-Friends-on-this-Girls-Only-Getaway/3108/ Family-friendly Road Trip http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/21/Family-friendly-Road-Trip/3107/ I have a six-year-old and an eight-year-old, and they are ever-enthusiastic Kansas Roadies. They pack their own bags, read their own maps. They can live for days on PB&J sandwiches from a cooler – and they can tell you more about Kansas geography, history and culture than most. However, we’re not so far removed from screaming car seat journeys that I can’t recall the urgency with which we sang “The Wheels of the Bus” for the fortieth time. Traveling with kids brings its own special brand of joy and wonderment, but it can be challenging. With a little extra consideration, you can fine-tune your family adventure to meet the interests of your own young ones. The southern region of Kansas’ Central Prairie is the perfect place to begin your own family adventure, offering opportunities for varying interests and ages with kid-friendly accommodations and fun food options.  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/21/Family-friendly-Road-Trip/3107/ Finding New Favorites in the Flint Hills http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/21/Finding-New-Favorites-in-the-Flint-Hills/3106/ The Flint Hills region is one of my favorites on the planet. In truth, I do fall just a little bit in love with each place I visit on the Yellow Brick Road Trips but, since attending Kansas State and living in the middle of this vast, rolling beauty, the Flint Hills are somehow part of me. They absolutely get a space at the top of my travel list.  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/21/Finding-New-Favorites-in-the-Flint-Hills/3106/