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The Wine Staycation

Not far from the Kansas City Metro area, nestled in the southeastern part of the state is the Somerset Wine Trail of Miami County, Kansas. Often recognized for its orchards and popular cider attractions, a new show is hitting the area with a pop of the cork!

Posted on September 10, 2013 9:46AM by Katy Ibsen

Scenic Rides in Kansas

Fall in Kansas happens to be one of the best times to hit the trails ... with your bike! The temperatures are beginning to drop, the bugs are subsiding and the colorful scenes are unbeatable across our varied landscape. 

Posted on September 5, 2013 3:21PM by Katy Ibsen

Gliding with the Disc Golf Championships

As I pull up to the Emporia Country Club, music is pumping, discs are flying and the baskets are ringing. There are no golf clubs in sight, no silent sighs among the crowd nor anyone shouting, "fore!"

Instead the spectators are excited, cheering loud for their favorite players and following amateur master foursomes around the green landscape on this warm July day.

Posted on August 6, 2013 10:42AM by Katy Ibsen

Tinman Triathlon

 I can swim, bike and run. I can do all three of these sports in mediocre fashion. So the idea of putting them together and competing in a triathlon seems pretty extreme ... and exciting.

Posted on June 27, 2013 12:40PM by Katy Ibsen

Kayaking the Kansas River

My first experience on the Kansas River was in 2012-April to be exact-when I received a newsletter from a local outfit; the weekend forecast was "85 and Sunshine." With that one email and a hungry need for warm weather, my inaugural kayaking season would commence with a last minute float down the Kansas River.

Posted on April 23, 2013 2:19PM by Katy Ibsen

Kansas Rocks

Lurking off in western Kansas are two of the state's most fascinating attractions ... the rocks (as I like to call them). Igniting the scientific curiosities from within, these rock formations are some of the state's most bizarre and beautiful natural landmarks. 

Posted on December 27, 2012 12:50PM by Katy Ibsen

Whooping Cranes at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge

Catching a glimpse of any wildlife is always an exciting experience, but to see rare species in a natural habitat is a rare and treasured opportunity. In this delicate shift from fall to winter, the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge welcomes winged visitors who are in the midst of their migration. One such bird is the whooping crane.

Posted on November 29, 2012 11:05AM by Katy Ibsen


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