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Caves, Cliffs Greet Visitors to Kanopolis State Park

Kanopolis State ParkReprinted from the Wichita Eagle   KANOPOLIS STATE PARK — Six horseback riders crossed a tallgrass savannah, then had hilltop views of a sprawling lake. The horses were stirrup deep as they crossed a clear stream in a valley that looked straight from a classic John Wayne western, framed by towering rim rock — with a pair of sizable caves — and scarred where buffalo hooves had cut into rock for centuries. Eventually the riders traversed dense woodlands and toured a rugged canyon of giant, rose-colored boulders.

Posted on June 23, 2014 2:24PM by Michael Pearce

Bikepacking the Flint Hills Part III: A Day on the Trail

Bikepacking the Flint Hills Nature Trail Part III: A Day on the Trail is the final post in a three-part series. To read more about Andy's adventure you can check out Part I: Preparation and Part II: Hitting the Road.4-26-14 Rise and ShineSo, apparently there was some crazy goose fighting and raccoon chatter overheard last night. As for myself, I was out once my head hit the saddlebag. On rides, I use my bag as a pillow, with some extra clothes and padding as fill. Bike camping can be about simplicity and “roughing it” a bit. It’s what you make of it, and I like minimizing what I have to haul (although I’m still learning as is shown in some of my pictures).

Posted on May 28, 2014 8:29AM by Andy Fry

Bikepacking the Flint Hills Part II: Hitting the Road

Bikepacking the Flint Hills Nature Trail Part II: Hitting the Road is the second post in a three-part series. To read more about Andy's adventure you can check out Part I: Preparation and Part III: A Day on the Trail

4-25-14 TGIF (Afternoon)  Arriving home from work it's mid-afternoon and everyone is ready to roll. I throw together some last minute items; change into cooler clothes and slap on some sunscreen on this unseasonably warm spring day. It’s tradition that we try and take a "before” and “after” pictures, so we line up the bikes, snap a couple and hit the road.

Posted on May 27, 2014 2:28PM by Andy Fry

Bikepacking the Flint Hills Part I: Preparation

Bikepacking the Flint Hills Nature Trail Part I: Preparation is the first post in a three-part series. To read more about Andy's adventure you can check out Part II: Hitting the road and Part III: A Day on the Trail. 4-16-14 Preparing Like many epic adventures, it all comes down to the last minute throwing together of sleeping bags, water bottles or a camelback and details to make sure everyone’s on track. The biggest decision that had to be made was where to camp. Riding over three days we could easily end up staying in two different places, but the locations along the Flint Hills Nature Trail are slim for bicycle and hiking traffic. Hopefully that’s something that will develop, very similar to what has occurred on the KATY Rail Trail in Missouri among other destination trails. 

Posted on May 26, 2014 10:10AM by Andy Fry

Hosts to Ghosts: Haunted Atchison

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.

Posted on October 23, 2013 2:01PM by Jimmy Sevcik

Roller Derby Craze Hits Kansas

When I heard roller derby is the fastest growing women's sport in the world, my response was "Really???".  My disbelief stemmed from my childhood when I watched sports on television with my older brother and saw anything-goes roller derby where women brutally shoved each other so hard some skaters went flying over the wall surrounding the banked track. Had roller derby changed over the years? After discovering there are several women's roller derby teams in the state, I had to find out. So there I was, sitting at a Salina Sirens bout with Hubby. Happily, I skated away from the event with new enthusiasm for this action-packed competition. Here's what I learned about roller derby that changed my mind about the sport.

Posted on September 12, 2013 3:15PM by Cecilia Harris

Muddy Good Time

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.

Posted on August 29, 2013 1:39PM by Jimmy Sevcik

A thrill for all; The Great Midwest Balloon Festival

If you go to the Great Midwest Balloon Festival, prepare for a lot of pointing and "wow"-ing.

That pretty much sums up the experience my family had at this year's event in Olathe. There are really very few things that can truly thrill both the young and the old, but hot air balloons are one of them. 

Posted on August 20, 2013 12:46PM by Karen Ridder

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


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