Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Category - Discovery Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:44:30 GMT The State Fair is a Great State Fair http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/19/The-State-Fair-is-a-Great-State-Fair/3075/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/IMGP0052.JPG'/><br/> Every time I see the complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica on the shelves of my living room, I think of the Kansas State Fair. Strange? Perhaps, but of course, there's a story behind that... When I used to live in Wichita, the State Fair in Hutchinson was a regular must-do for my friends and me. We eagerly looked forward to bierocks, the Old Mill roller water boat ride and a view of the annual butter sculpture in the Pride of Kansas building. Yes, there was something a bit kitschy about it all for us, cool twenty-somethings, but then again, we always had fun.&nbsp; Thu, 19 Sep 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/19/The-State-Fair-is-a-Great-State-Fair/3075/ Favorites of Fiesta http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/23/Favorites-of-Fiesta-/3054/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Fiesta.jpg'/><br/> Fiesta Mexicana&nbsp;is so much a part of the Topeka summer experience that it is hard to keep in mind the event is simply a church fundraiser. Of course, there is nothing simple about it. A better way to describe &quot;Fiesta&quot; is a celebration of culture and community that one neighborhood shares with us all. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/23/Favorites-of-Fiesta-/3054/ 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/ Around the World with the Stauths http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/31/Around-the-World-with-the-Stauths/3002/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/131.jpg'/><br/> From my northeastern Kansas perch, I hit the road and rather than simply transplanting myself in the western part of our state, I took a trip around the world. The Stauth Memorial Museum is a must see. Nestled in the town of Montezuma and neighbors to the first Kansas windfarm, the museum resides, showcasing the travels of Claude and Donalda Stauth. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/31/Around-the-World-with-the-Stauths/3002/ Top 10 things our family learned at the Hedrick Exotic Animal Farm Bed and Breakfast http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/11/Top-10-things-our-family-learned-at-the-Hedrick-Exotic-Animal-Farm-Bed-and-Breakfast/2949/ 1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;African porcupines like bananas. 2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Camels are really soft and fuzzy and they like to nuzzle. ... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/11/Top-10-things-our-family-learned-at-the-Hedrick-Exotic-Animal-Farm-Bed-and-Breakfast/2949/ An Inauguration for Mitt Romney in Norton http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/13/An-Inauguration-for-Mitt-Romney-in-Norton/2847/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/shutterstock_545443691.jpeg'/><br/> Willard Mitt Romney may not get the big party in Washington, DC, but he will have his own inauguration on January 21, 2013.No, it&rsquo;s not the Kansas way of making sure its winner takes all, but instead a tradition in Norton of recognizing the men who tried for, but lost the run for the White House. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/13/An-Inauguration-for-Mitt-Romney-in-Norton/2847/ Joyful Noise in the Flint Hills http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/9/Joyful-Noise-in-the-Flint-Hills/2717/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/jam-session.jpg'/><br/> The magical moment at Joyful Noise Camp came when my son sat jamming with two cellists and a bass player using an instrument made in craft class. He had the beat. ... Tue, 09 Oct 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/9/Joyful-Noise-in-the-Flint-Hills/2717/ The Art of Enjoying Salina http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/11/The-Art-of-Enjoying-Salina/2633/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Salina-Fun.jpeg'/><br/> What do you do with an old public wading pool after its usefulness has waned?If you are the folks in Salina, you turn it into a patchwork quilt pattern that can be seen from space. The bright colored design provided a unique place for my two boys to run, run, run&hellip; on a recent visit to Oakdale Park in that city. It was our first taste of the public art woven into the landscape throughout town.When I was younger, my knowledge of Salina was limited to the Bosselman truck stop and the Bicentennial Center. (It had something to do with college days and a Big 8 basketball tournament - - don&rsquo;t ask). While both are quite nice, I had no idea that the area was home to a vibrant arts scene that creates a fun experience for families. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/11/The-Art-of-Enjoying-Salina/2633/ Cowboys old and new - and teachers too http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/14/Cowboys-old-and-new---and-teachers-too/2536/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Family.jpg'/><br/> Dodge City Days is a 10-day event that lets your family enjoy cowboys from yesterday and experience the way they still play today.&nbsp;&quot; Tue, 14 Aug 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/14/Cowboys-old-and-new---and-teachers-too/2536/ T-Rex Café: Kansas Legends for the family http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/10/T-Rex-Caf-Kansas-Legends-for-the-family/2270/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/TRex.jpeg'/><br/> As someone who grew up in Kansas City, the Legends Shopping Area is something sort of amazing for me. In a short time, the entire Village West area has sprung up as an entertainment mecca in a most unlikely spot.Now that we are a family of five, I find a quick trip to The Legends&nbsp;can give us the feeling that we have had a &ldquo;get away&rdquo; without having to travel very far.&nbsp; Tue, 10 Jul 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/10/T-Rex-Caf-Kansas-Legends-for-the-family/2270/