Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Latest Posts Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:19:44 GMT 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. 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; 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. Mon, 26 May 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/26/Bikepacking-the-Flint-Hills-Part-I-Preparation/3097/ 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/ Baldwin City: Discovering Tradition and History http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/30/Baldwin-City-Discovering-Tradition-and-History/3086/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/JLH_4841.jpg'/><br/>A Faces &amp; Places Roadie Blog&nbsp;&nbsp; On the last stop of the 2013 Faces and Places Tour, we didn't have far to travel to go to the Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin City. The familiar drive was different as it seemed the trees had turned from summer to fall in the blink of an eye. In the small town, maples lined the streets and showed off their new colors as folks bustled all around us. This event is not a new one for me, growing up in Northeastern Kansas I hear word of it year after year and I have been to it at least once before that I can remember. Thinking back to when I went during my grade school years, this festival was much grander and more crowded now than what I remembered. The streets in downtown Baldwin were packed full of festival goers and vendors were busy discussing and selling their products under a bright blue autumn sky. Johnny Cash could be heard over a speaker in the distance. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/30/Baldwin-City-Discovering-Tradition-and-History/3086/ Along Route 66: Kickin’ It with Community Spirit http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/28/Along-Route-66-Kickin-It-with-Community-Spirit/3085/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/van.jpg'/><br/>A Faces &amp; Places Roadie Blog&nbsp;&nbsp; This was my last trip of the 2013 Faces &amp; Places tour, and I was feeling more than a little sentimental about turning in my TravelKS van keys and packing away the official polo shirts. My grandma mentioned the other evening, "You ought to know Kansas pretty well by now," and you would think that I would feel the same. Yet Kansas manages to surprise me every single time, and my trip to Columbus and the towns along US Route 66 was no exception.&nbsp; Mon, 28 Oct 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/28/Along-Route-66-Kickin-It-with-Community-Spirit/3085/