Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Category - Adventure Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:31:25 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/ Roller Derby Craze Hits Kansas http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/12/Roller-Derby-Craze-Hits-Kansas-/3073/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Salina-Sirens-Roller-Derby-7.jpg'/><br/> When I heard roller derby is the fastest growing women's sport in the world, my response was &quot;Really???&quot;.&nbsp; 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. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/12/Roller-Derby-Craze-Hits-Kansas-/3073/ 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/ A thrill for all; The Great Midwest Balloon Festival http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/20/A-thrill-for-all-The-Great-Midwest-Balloon-Festival-/3064/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Balloon-Festival-060-800x533-.jpg'/><br/> If you go to the Great Midwest Balloon Festival, prepare for a lot of pointing and &quot;wow&quot;-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.&nbsp; Tue, 20 Aug 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/20/A-thrill-for-all-The-Great-Midwest-Balloon-Festival-/3064/ Gliding with the Disc Golf Championships http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/6/Gliding-with-the-Disc-Golf-Championships/3060/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Picture-11.png'/><br/> 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, &quot;fore!&quot; 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. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/6/Gliding-with-the-Disc-Golf-Championships/3060/ Skydive Kansas: Get your kicks in the sky with a jump over the picturesque Kansas landscape http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/16/Skydive-Kansas-Get-your-kicks-in-the-sky-with-a-jump-over-the-picturesque-Kansas-landscape/3051/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/KatySkydiving.jpg'/><br/> As we pulled up to the bright red hangar on the eastern edge of Osage City, skydivers were drifting in slowly. Colorful parachutes soared above as the jumpers made their landings look effortless on the grassy &quot;skydiver&quot; runway.&nbsp; Tue, 16 Jul 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/16/Skydive-Kansas-Get-your-kicks-in-the-sky-with-a-jump-over-the-picturesque-Kansas-landscape/3051/ Tinman Triathlon http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/27/Tinman-Triathlon/3043/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/HzOCA-NyodqvqasmDKDZF6RN4Jt9-W8FMSMsPY5RJxQ-1.jpg'/><br/> &nbsp;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. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/27/Tinman-Triathlon/3043/ Cheney Lake Ranks Top 10 Windiest Lakes in the Nation—Kiteboarders Rejoice http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/28/Cheney-Lake-Ranks-Top-10-Windiest-Lakes-in-the-Nation-Kiteboarders-Rejoice-/3034/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/overwes.jpg'/><br/> Believe it or not there is a wind and water phenomenon in Kansas-it's called kiteboarding. Many players partake down in the southwest region with the warm temperatures keep the lakes enjoyable and the windy conditions are ideal for riding the wind.&nbsp; Tue, 28 May 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/28/Cheney-Lake-Ranks-Top-10-Windiest-Lakes-in-the-Nation-Kiteboarders-Rejoice-/3034/ Kayaking the Kansas River http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/23/Kayaking-the-Kansas-River-/3025/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/kayaking.jpeg'/><br/> 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. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/23/Kayaking-the-Kansas-River-/3025/ The Dead Eye Divas are on target http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/5/The-Dead-Eye-Divas-are-on-target/3010/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/DED.jpg'/><br/> &nbsp; About 17 women gather one Sunday morning at the&nbsp;Kaw Valley Gun Club&nbsp;in Topeka. Together they fill chairs outside the tiny club as regulars come and go. Meanwhile, the original divas take stage for introductions.&nbsp; Tue, 05 Mar 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/5/The-Dead-Eye-Divas-are-on-target/3010/