Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Posts Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:04:31 GMT Hosts to Ghosts: Haunted Atchison http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/23/Hosts-to-Ghosts-Haunted-Atchison-/3084/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Trolley.jpg'/><br/> Many know Atchison as the birthplace of Amelia Earhart, but the nice little town on the Missouri River has a more mysterious side that's fun to explore as Halloween nears. Atchison is also known as one of the most haunted places in America, due to the number of buildings that are allegedly home to paranormal activity. If you're looking for a real spooky experience, head to Atchison, where there are a plethora of activities for you to try to connect with the ghosts of Atchison's past. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/23/Hosts-to-Ghosts-Haunted-Atchison-/3084/ Big City Blues In A Small Town Setting http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/25/Big-City-Blues-In-A-Small-Town-Setting/3076/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Paxico-7.jpg'/><br/> Normally a quiet and quaint community, the small town of Paxico gets loud and jam-packed on the third Saturday of each September to celebrate the Paxico Blues Festival. For the last ten years, the town closes down streets and opens its arms to everyone for a free day of the blues.&nbsp; Wed, 25 Sep 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/25/Big-City-Blues-In-A-Small-Town-Setting/3076/ Muddy Good Time http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/29/Muddy-Good-Time/3067/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Arma-9.JPG'/><br/> A celebration to honor soldiers as they arrived home from serving in World War II still goes strong today. V-J Homecoming in Arma is a tradition that has continued for 67 years and has grown larger each year with new festivities and activities. This year's celebration took place the weekend of August 17th. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/29/Muddy-Good-Time/3067/ Fishing Guide Services Lead to Lots of Fish and Lots of Fun http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/8/Fishing-Guide-Services-Lead-to-Lots-of-Fish-and-Lots-of-Fun/3061/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/CatDaddy-5.jpg'/><br/> As someone who has fished quite a few Kansas lakes for bass, crappie, walleye and wiper, but never catfish, I took interest in&nbsp;recent stories&nbsp;of monster catfish being caught around the state. Motivated by dreams of reeling in a fish half my size, I decided it was time to try it out. I knew a couple of things about fishing for big cats: 1) I'd need stink bait and 2) I'd need a bigger fishing pole. Instead of buying a new pole, 100-lb test line and risking life and limb with my limited knowledge, I called up&nbsp;R.R. &quot;CatDaddy&quot; Shumway, a local catfish guide based in Topeka. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/8/Fishing-Guide-Services-Lead-to-Lots-of-Fish-and-Lots-of-Fun/3061/ Country Stars Light Up the Kansas Sky at Country Stampede http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/9/Country-Stars-Light-Up-the-Kansas-Sky-at-Country-Stampede/3048/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Stampede-Dirtbikes.jpg'/><br/> Every summer at Tuttle Creek State Park, you'll find - and hear - one of the largest country music festivals in the nation. Nestled along the dam of Tuttle Creek Lake, just north of Manhattan, this year's Kicker Country Stampede took place June 27-30. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/9/Country-Stars-Light-Up-the-Kansas-Sky-at-Country-Stampede/3048/ Looking for a Fight at Milford Lake http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/21/Looking-for-a-Fight-at-Milford-Lake/3032/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Wiper--Jimmy.JPG'/><br/> While working at a marina in college, I pulled out dead minnows from our live tanks and threw them off the dock every day. Usually, I'd watch the minnows float away to see carp and crappies come up to snatch an easy meal. One slow morning, a big fish appeared out of nowhere, grabbed a minnow, and was gone in a flash. I ran up to the marina to grab a hook and line. I dangled another dead minnow just off the dock and before I knew it, my line snapped by that same lightning-fast strike. Tue, 21 May 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/21/Looking-for-a-Fight-at-Milford-Lake/3032/ Stadium Built "For the Fans" Doesn't Disappoint http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/16/Stadium-Built-For-the-Fans-Doesn-t-Disappoint/3031/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Sporting-Fire-Pregame-Huddle.JPG'/><br/> Once a punch line of toilet-themed jokes, the soccer team formerly known as the Kansas City Wiz (and later the Wizards) is now the ideal franchise in all of American sports. Their matches are also the hottest ticket in Kansas City. After 12 years of sharing the cavernous football stadium and three more years in a tiny baseball park, rebranded Sporting Kansas City opened its first true home in 2011. Since opening Sporting Park near the Kansas Speedway in Wyandotte County, the club has experienced a meteoric rise in popularity. Thu, 16 May 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/16/Stadium-Built-For-the-Fans-Doesn-t-Disappoint/3031/ Lovebirds: Prairie Chicken Courtship http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/9/Lovebirds-Prairie-Chicken-Courtship/3020/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/PrairieChicken.jpg'/><br/> If you have the chance to spend an early spring day in the native tallgrass prairies of Kansas, you may hear the low booming sounds of a male greater prairie chicken attempting to attract a hen. Birdwatchers and hunters both flock to Kansas in search of these gorgeous birds, known for their&nbsp;peculiar breeding behavior. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/9/Lovebirds-Prairie-Chicken-Courtship/3020/ The Dalton Gang’s Demise in Coffeyville http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/22/The-Dalton-Gang-s-Demise-in-Coffeyville/2999/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Coffeyville-11.jpg'/><br/> Imagine starting your day as you would any normal day, heading downtown to work or to run a few errands at the hardware store and bank. As you go about your business, you catch word that both banks in town are being robbed by five famous train robbers: the Dalton Gang. Did I mention that you're imagining life in 1892?&nbsp; Tue, 22 Jan 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/22/The-Dalton-Gang-s-Demise-in-Coffeyville/2999/