Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Posts Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:39:23 GMT 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/ Sampling Lindsborg’s Swedish Heritage at the Svensk Hyllningsfest Smorgasbord http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/17/Sampling-Lindsborg-s-Swedish-Heritage-at-the-Svensk-Hyllningsfest-Smorgasbord/3083/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/IMG_0099.jpg'/><br/>A Faces &amp; Places Roadie Blog&nbsp;&nbsp; I started to write about the history of Lindsborg's&nbsp;Svensk Hyllningsfest&nbsp;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. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/17/Sampling-Lindsborg-s-Swedish-Heritage-at-the-Svensk-Hyllningsfest-Smorgasbord/3083/ Seeing Kansas Outside my Comfort Zone http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/7/Seeing-Kansas-Outside-my-Comfort-Zone/3080/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/festival1.JPG'/><br/> A Faces &amp; Places Roadie Blog&nbsp;&nbsp; So many times when I'm at a Faces &amp; 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. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/7/Seeing-Kansas-Outside-my-Comfort-Zone/3080/ Inner Peace Outside of Elkhart http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/26/Inner-Peace-Outside-of-Elkhart/3077/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/IMG_9638.jpg'/><br/> A Faces &amp; Places Roadie Blog&nbsp;&nbsp; When I set off on the Faces &amp; Places tour to the&nbsp;Morton County Fair, I felt the welcome thrill of unknown territory. Okay, so I was traveling on highways through Kansas.&nbsp; 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. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/26/Inner-Peace-Outside-of-Elkhart/3077/ Wellington Wheat Harvest, a Cause for Celebration http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/17/Wellington-Wheat-Harvest-a-Cause-for-Celebration-/3052/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/IMG_1512.jpg'/><br/> As far as I can see, the golden glow of freshly-cut wheat fields meets impossibly blue sky. My view is interrupted only by a grain elevator as I step out of the van to take photos of the "Wheat Capital of the World." Wheat has played an important role in the Sumner County economy for decades. Agricultural technologies have changed, yet there is something timeless in this view. I wonder, when the citizens of Wellington decided to hold a festival in celebration of a particularly successful crop in 1900, if they imagined we would still be celebrating 113 years later.&nbsp; Wed, 17 Jul 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/17/Wellington-Wheat-Harvest-a-Cause-for-Celebration-/3052/ It was a Blast: Russell and Hays Sparkle with Fourth of July Spirit http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/10/It-was-a-Blast-Russell-and-Hays-Sparkle-with-Fourth-of-July-Spirit-/3049/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/DSC00149.JPG'/><br/> A Faces &amp; Places Roadie Blog&nbsp;&nbsp; The most recent stops on my Faces and Places tour itinerary were familiar names on my map. I've always associated Russell with its hometown hero, Bob Dole. My kids beg to stop by the&nbsp;Sternberg Museum of Natural History&nbsp;in Hays each time we pass by on Interstate 70. This visit, however, offered a unique opportunity to see each community at its festival finest.&nbsp; I was to visit Russell's&nbsp;Fourth of July Freedom Fest, followed by a visit to Hays' four-day celebration, the Wild West Fest. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/10/It-was-a-Blast-Russell-and-Hays-Sparkle-with-Fourth-of-July-Spirit-/3049/ Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway by Bicycle http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/3/Gypsum-Hills-Scenic-Byway-by-Bicycle/3045/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/GypsumHills1.JPG'/><br/> A Faces &amp; Places Roadie Blog&nbsp; On June 8th, bicyclists aged seven to 87 met in Johnson City to travel 522 miles across Kansas. Many came from Kansas; others traveled from as far away as Northern Ireland. Larry Cabeen, Chicago, laughingly claims he came because, "I was told Kansas was flat." Some arrived for the physical challenge, others to connect with friends and family. Riders counted up their trips: For John Bergey of Hesston, this ride marks his ninth. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/3/Gypsum-Hills-Scenic-Byway-by-Bicycle/3045/ Kaw Valley Farmers Inspire Connection to Land http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/17/Kaw-Valley-Farmers-Inspire-Connection-to-Land/2756/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/KawTour1.jpg'/><br/> A Faces &amp; Places Roadie Blog Twenty-three farms were featured October 6&nbsp;and 7&nbsp;at the Kaw Valley Farm Tour. Apple orchards, vineyards and honeybees were just a few of the farm ... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/17/Kaw-Valley-Farmers-Inspire-Connection-to-Land/2756/ Cornstock: Make yourself at home http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/26/Cornstock-Make-yourself-at-home/2693/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Cornstock1.jpeg'/><br/> A Faces &amp; Places Roadie Blog I may be getting a bit sentimental as I near the end of my travels as a roadie for the Faces &amp; Places Tour 2012. Blogging each adventure provides an opportunity to reflect.&nbsp; After each event, I sit at my computer and brainstorm keywords. I try to choose words that capture each experience and then use the words to shape the blog. Some of my words have included: “generation,” “community” and “tradition.” My word for Garnett didn’t take much brainstorming. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/26/Cornstock-Make-yourself-at-home/2693/ Lenexa Spinach Festival connects area past, present and future http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/14/Lenexa-Spinach-Festival-connects-area-past-present-and-future/2653/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Festival1.jpeg'/><br/>A Faces &amp; Places Roadie Blog I met Dylan at the annual Lenexa Spinach Festival. I was snooping around the recipe contest booth, checking out the entries, when I introduced myself. He was ... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/14/Lenexa-Spinach-Festival-connects-area-past-present-and-future/2653/