Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Tag - Faces &amp; Places Tour Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:27:27 GMT Jammin' in Osawatomie at the John Brown Jamboree http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/8/Jammin-in-Osawatomie-at-the-John-Brown-Jamboree/3047/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Logan.jpg'/><br/> My family and I recently took our first trip on the Kansas Tourism 2013 Faces and Places tour, visiting Osawatomie and filling our day with fun. It was a bright, beautiful early summer day when we loaded up the Faces and Places van and drove the picturesque backroads from Topeka. Much of our time was spent on smaller highways surrounded by farms and country houses, wheat waving and birds soaring. We knew we would need to make a couple stops in between and without a plan, so we just started driving. Part way through the trip, I decided we would stop in Overbrook at the Fieldstone Orchard to pick cherries. What a fun surprise for the kids! Now to decide: should we make jam or pie with all of those handpicked cherries? Next we stopped off at my grandma's house for a quick hello. It took us a little off course but she and her husband were so happy to see us and our van with its unique Kansas backdrops displayed around all four sides. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/8/Jammin-in-Osawatomie-at-the-John-Brown-Jamboree/3047/ Neewollah – A Festival You Won’t Forget http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/14/-Neewollah-A-Festival-You-Won-t-Forget-/2862/ &nbsp; Let me just start by saying I’m a big fan of Halloween. The mixture of fall colors, cooler temperatures, creative costumes and oh-so-sweet candy makes for one of the most fun holidays out there. So when I got my list of Faces and Places stops a few months ago, I was very excited that I was chosen to go to Neewollah, once I found out what it was.I had never heard of Neewollah before. It wasn’t until I told my parents about my trips, that my mom pointed out it is Halloween spelled backwards. I really should have figured that out earlier. My parents told me about the great Halloween celebrations that take place in Independence, Kansas, and from that point on I was counting down the days until the trip. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/14/-Neewollah-A-Festival-You-Won-t-Forget-/2862/ Races and a Rodeo http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/8/Races-and-a-Rodeo/2515/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Rodeo.jpeg'/><br/> It amazes me how many towns in Kansas I have never visited even though I have lived in this state all my life. When I meet people on the Faces &amp; Places Tour and encourage them to take vacations in Kansas, they say “oh I’ve lived here all my life.” But as I have been learning over the summer, just when you think you know all that Kansas has to offer, along comes a surprise." Wed, 08 Aug 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/8/Races-and-a-Rodeo/2515/ Promised Land on the Prairie http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/31/Promised-Land-on-the-Prairie/2472/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/nicodemus-blog.jpeg'/><br/>A Faces &amp; Places Roadie Blog Driving through the hills on Highway 283 on a perfect July morning, air conditioner blasting away the early heat, sunglasses perched on my nose, it was impossible not to be taken in by the rare beauty of the Smoky River Valley. While somehow managing to be inviting and foreboding at the same time, the landscape made me feel small, not unlike the feeling of standing beside the ocean or a busy sidewalk in New York. On this day, my husband, kids and I headed toward the unincorporated town of Nicodemus, Kansas, to attend the 134th annual Homecoming and Emancipation Celebration. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/31/Promised-Land-on-the-Prairie/2472/