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Fun Times in the Vines

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. 

Posted on June 18, 2014 10:20AM by Jimmy Sevcik

Bikepacking the Flint Hills Part III: A Day on the Trail

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 Part I: Preparation and 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).

Posted on May 28, 2014 8:29AM by Andy Fry

Bikepacking the Flint Hills Part II: Hitting the Road

Bikepacking the Flint Hills Nature Trail Part II: Hitting the Road is the second post in a three-part series. To read more about Andy's adventure you can check out Part I: Preparation and Part III: A Day on the Trail

4-25-14 TGIF (Afternoon)  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.

Posted on May 27, 2014 2:28PM by Andy Fry

Bikepacking the Flint Hills Part I: Preparation

Bikepacking the Flint Hills Nature Trail Part I: Preparation is the first post in a three-part series. To read more about Andy's adventure you can check out Part II: Hitting the road and 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. 

Posted on May 26, 2014 10:10AM by Andy Fry

Walnut Valley Festival

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.

Posted on May 16, 2014 11:21AM

May 4, 2007—A Day Greensburg Will Never Forget

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.

Posted on May 4, 2014 9:01AM

Baldwin City: Discovering Tradition and History

A Faces & Places Roadie Blog  

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.

Posted on October 30, 2013 3:10PM by Jenni, Faces & Places Tour Roadie

Along Route 66: Kickin’ It with Community Spirit

A Faces & Places Roadie Blog  

This was my last trip of the 2013 Faces & 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. 

Posted on October 28, 2013 7:07AM by Jess, Faces & Places Tour Roadie

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