Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Posts Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:09:07 GMT Making tracks http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/8/Making-tracks/1284/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Garnett-Prairie-Spirit-Trail.jpg'/><br/>Up for a challenge? How about a 51-mile bike ride through Eastern Kansas? Or maybe you can turn that into a trek on foot.Even if you don't want to push your limits, however, you can still enjoy a stroll or short bike ride anywhere along the Prairie Spirit Trail. Tue, 08 Nov 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/8/Making-tracks/1284/ Tucked Away in a Corner of Kansas http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/11/Tucked-Away-in-a-Corner-of-Kansas/1219/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/6234451026_8d93a5a15e_b.jpg'/><br/>My wife, Amy, and I recently took a weekend to get away from it all. And we got as far away from home as we could get and still be in Kansas.Sprawled across Kansas' southwest corner is the Cimarron National Grassland. Amy and I spent a day here discovering the high plains of Kansas, with its scenic overlooks, dusty trails, and hidden springs. We stood in three states at once, marveled at the Cimarron River Valley from atop the third highest point in the state, and traced wagon ruts left by travelers of the Santa Fe Trail in the late 1800's. Tue, 11 Oct 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/11/Tucked-Away-in-a-Corner-of-Kansas/1219/ Keep them doggies movin' http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/7/Keep-them-doggies-movin-/1028/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/6124025326_0690561936_b.jpg'/><br/>This was better than any parade. Wed, 07 Sep 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/7/Keep-them-doggies-movin-/1028/ Discovering a Gem Nestled in the High Plains http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/26/Discovering-a-Gem-Nestled-in-the-High-Plains/970/ It’s ironic. Kansas is known for its wide-open vistas, where sky meets horizon in every direction. You would think with nothing blocking the view, you could easily see everything there is to ... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/26/Discovering-a-Gem-Nestled-in-the-High-Plains/970/ Where it Really Started http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/3/Where-it-Really-Started/843/ Before the Civil War — before Gettysburg, before Shiloh, before Fredericksburg, even before Confederate cannonballs rained down on Fort Sumter — a battle was fought over the issue of slavery. And it happened in Kansas. Wed, 03 Aug 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/3/Where-it-Really-Started/843/ Wide open spaces http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/1/Wide-open-spaces/560/ An endless horizon that stretches to infinity in every direction. Vast grasslands filled with wildflowers of every color. Historic traces of pioneers’ quest to tame the prairie. Rugged bluffs and stone outcrops that punctuate a rolling prairie. And a crystal blue sky that covers everything like a canopy. Wed, 01 Jun 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/1/Wide-open-spaces/560/ Water, Wings, and Wonder http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/4/Water-Wings-and-Wonder/468/ Every two years in Great Bend, migration meets attraction with fantastically fine-feathered results.We are talking about the&nbsp;Wings and Wetlands Birding Festival,&nbsp;which was held April 29-May 1 and featured guided birding tours of Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. The weekend brings to Kansas nearly 200 birdwatchers from across the country, all in passionate pursuit of rare and unusual bird sightings. Wed, 04 May 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/4/Water-Wings-and-Wonder/468/ Floating on a Sea of Grass http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/10/Floating-on-a-Sea-of-Grass/235/ A drive along the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway carries visitors back to a different time. Imagine being alone in the middle of a vast ocean. Only this is no ordinary sea. Instead of water, you see only fields of grass stretching to the horizon in all directions. Tall grass. With blades stretching over your head. Thu, 10 Mar 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/10/Floating-on-a-Sea-of-Grass/235/ Byways of Stone http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/2/Byways-of-Stone/205/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/wall.jpeg'/><br/>The story of the Flint Hills is largely a story about limestone. Now don't wince at the thought of learning about rocks; the story of the flinty-hard layers of stone in the Kansas Flint Hills is as fascinating as any adventure into the wild places of our state. So recently, when warm weather started to melt the piles of snow that had built up around our driveway, my wife and I decided to reacquaint ourselves with the story of rocks and remember again why we love the Flint Hills. For that, we took the drive along Kansas'&nbsp;Native Stone Scenic Byway, passing through Dover, Keene, Eskridge, and Alma along State Highways 4 and 99. Wed, 02 Mar 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/2/Byways-of-Stone/205/