Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Posts Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:19:11 GMT Western High Plains South Puts Modern Twist on Cowtown Charm http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/Western-High-Plains-South-Puts-Modern-Twist-on-Cowtown-Charm/3111/ &nbsp; The story of our&nbsp;Yellow Brick Road Trip&nbsp;through the southern part of the Western High Plains began in the bathroom. Prior to our trip, I made arrangements with Ruth Ann at Greensburg GreenTown for a tour. I was curious about the transformation of the community after it was nearly completely leveled by an EF5 tornado in 2007.&nbsp; Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/Western-High-Plains-South-Puts-Modern-Twist-on-Cowtown-Charm/3111/ This Northwestern Road Trip Rocks the Stereotype http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/This-Northwestern-Road-Trip-Rocks-the-Stereotype-/3110/ 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&nbsp;Yellow Brick Road Trip&nbsp;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.&nbsp; Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/This-Northwestern-Road-Trip-Rocks-the-Stereotype-/3110/ Reconnect with Friends on this Girls-Only Getaway http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/Reconnect-with-Friends-on-this-Girls-Only-Getaway/3108/ It’s not often I get to steal away with my two high school BFFs for a weekend to reconnect and recharge. A weekend without kids and significant others means time for us to catch up, share stories, and celebrate with great food and shopping. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/Reconnect-with-Friends-on-this-Girls-Only-Getaway/3108/ Family-friendly Road Trip http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/21/Family-friendly-Road-Trip/3107/ 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&amp;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.&nbsp; Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/21/Family-friendly-Road-Trip/3107/ Finding New Favorites in the Flint Hills http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/21/Finding-New-Favorites-in-the-Flint-Hills/3106/ The Flint Hills region is one of my favorites on the planet. In truth, I do fall just a little bit in love with each place I visit on the&nbsp;Yellow Brick Road Trips&nbsp;but, since attending Kansas State and living in the middle of this vast, rolling beauty, the Flint Hills are somehow part of me. They absolutely get a space at the top of my travel list.&nbsp; Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/21/Finding-New-Favorites-in-the-Flint-Hills/3106/ Northern Central Prairie Inspires Explorers of All Ages http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/19/Northern-Central-Prairie-Inspires-Explorers-of-All-Ages/3105/ Looking for a road trip that inspires inquisitive minds of all ages? Before we even returned home from our&nbsp;Yellow Brick Road Trip&nbsp;through the Southern Central Prairie, my son Charlie was sketching “machines” of gears and springs, my son Lucas was beginning a rock collection, and I was planning an art project involving my favorite (broken) coffee mugs. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/19/Northern-Central-Prairie-Inspires-Explorers-of-All-Ages/3105/ 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/