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Keep them doggies movin'

This was better than any parade.Cowboys on horseback drove four hundred head of longhorns right through the center of Caldwell, Kansas. A couple of thousand spectators crowded around the edges of the ...

Posted on September 7, 2011 9:13AM by Dennis Toll

Discovering a Gem Nestled in the High Plains

It’s ironic. Kansas is known for its wide-open vistas, where sky meets horizon in every direction. You would think with nothing blocking the view, you could easily see everything there is to see.My ...

Posted on August 26, 2011 4:14PM by Dennis Toll

Where it Really Started

Before the Civil War — before Gettysburg, before Shiloh, before Fredericksburg, even before Confederate cannonballs rained down on Fort Sumter — a battle was fought over the issue of slavery. And it ...

Posted on August 3, 2011 2:10PM by Dennis Toll

Wide open spaces

Yucca plant off Smoky Valley BywayAn endless horizon that stretches to infinity in every direction. Vast grasslands filled with wildflowers of every color. Historic traces of pioneers’ quest to tame the prairie. Rugged bluffs and stone outcrops that punctuate a rolling prairie. And a crystal blue sky that covers everything like a canopy.

Posted on June 1, 2011 1:18PM by Dennis Toll

Water, Wings, and Wonder

Every two years in Great Bend, migration meets attraction with fantastically fine-feathered results.We are talking about the Wings and Wetlands Birding Festival, which was held April 29-May 1 and featured guided birding tours of Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. The weekend brings to Kansas nearly 200 birdwatchers from across the country, all in passionate pursuit of rare and unusual bird sightings.

Posted on May 4, 2011 10:24AM by Dennis Toll

Floating on a Sea of Grass

Road through flint hillsA drive along the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway carries visitors back to a different time. Imagine being alone in the middle of a vast ocean. Only this is no ordinary sea. Instead of water, you see only fields of grass stretching to the horizon in all directions. Tall grass. With blades stretching over your head.

Posted on March 10, 2011 11:03PM by Dennis Toll

Byways of Stone

Limestone wall with historical sign   The story of the Flint Hills is largely a story about limestone. Now don't wince at the thought of learning about rocks; the story of the flinty-hard layers of stone in the Kansas Flint Hills is as fascinating as any adventure into the wild places of our state. So recently, when warm weather started to melt the piles of snow that had built up around our driveway, my wife and I decided to reacquaint ourselves with the story of rocks and remember again why we love the Flint Hills. For that, we took the drive along Kansas' Native Stone Scenic Byway, passing through Dover, Keene, Eskridge, and Alma along State Highways 4 and 99.

Posted on March 2, 2011 3:12PM by Dennis Toll


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