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This Northwestern Road Trip Rocks the Stereotype

Arikaree Breaks. One of many dramatic rock formations in Kansas

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. 

Posted on December 16, 2014 11:09AM by Jess, Faces & Places Tour Roadie

Family-friendly Road Trip

Woman in a red shirt feeding a giraffe.

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. 

Posted on November 21, 2014 3:14PM by Jess, 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

Sampling Lindsborg’s Swedish Heritage at the Svensk Hyllningsfest Smorgasbord

A Faces & Places Roadie Blog  

I started to write about the history of Lindsborg's Svensk Hyllningsfest and how residents maintain strong ties to Sweden. Then I had a blogger tangent: I'm full of admiration for the dedicated young folk dancers, I wonder at the number of residents in traditional Swedish costume, and I really would like a Dala horse. There is just so much to say about this festival weekend, so much culture and community and laughter - too much, really, for a single blog. So, tonight, in the interest of deadlines, I'll stick with one of my favorite topics: festival food. Please, let me tell you about the smorgasbord experience.

Posted on October 17, 2013 7:37AM by Jess, Faces & Places Tour Roadie

Seeing Kansas Outside my Comfort Zone

A Faces & Places Roadie Blog  

So many times when I'm at a Faces & Places event or traveling between festivals, I'm overcome by the shape of the landscape or the interest of a building. Instead of reaching for a camera, my personal tendency is always to reach for my notebook, ask some questions, have a seat on a bench, and "take it all in." I am passionate about my home state, and I'm thrilled to promote the unique beauty and personality of Kansas. I'm also moved by the images that appear on the TravelKS Facebook timeline.

Posted on October 7, 2013 2:48PM by Jess, Faces & Places Tour Roadie

Inner Peace Outside of Elkhart

A Faces & Places Roadie Blog  

When I set off on the Faces & Places tour to the Morton County Fair, I felt the welcome thrill of unknown territory. Okay, so I was traveling on highways through Kansas.  But I was going out there. My uncle warned me, "Keep an eye on the gas gage. Don't want to get stuck between stations." We were headed to the High Plains. My kids automatically packed their red bandanas. I threw some extra sandwiches into the cooler. This was serious.

Posted on September 26, 2013 7:05AM by Jess, Faces & Places Tour Roadie


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