Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Tag - Fort Leavenworth Sat, 02 Aug 2014 06:31:58 GMT Kansas on Two Wheels: Glacial Hills Scenic Byway http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/14/Kansas-on-Two-Wheels-Glacial-Hills-Scenic-Byway/3030/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/glacial-hills-byway.jpg'/><br/> There are things in life that should not be rushed&hellip;the aging process of a fine wine or scotch, watching a sunset, and riding the Kansas Byways are all on my list of experiences to enjoy without being rushed. Spring of 2013 in Kansas has been tumultuous as best. We&rsquo;ve seen many cool days, much needed rain and record setting snow in early May. Mother Nature has saved her best days for mid-week when two working parents have a tough time getting away to play on the Wide Glide. All this has added up to a 63-mile journey over a two-day period. The&nbsp;Glacial Hills Scenic Byway&nbsp;is nearly in our backyard, seemingly short and easy to both plan and execute. However, just to get there and home adds another 140 miles, making it a much longer journey, one that we just couldn&rsquo;t do in an evening and still take in the entire experience without feeling rushed. Being on a bike isn&rsquo;t about the destination so much as it is the journey along the way.&nbsp; Tue, 14 May 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/14/Kansas-on-Two-Wheels-Glacial-Hills-Scenic-Byway/3030/ A Nice Drive in the Glacial Hills http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/15/A-Nice-Drive-in-the-Glacial-Hills/1306/ A Buffalo Soldier monument in Fort Leavenworth initiated our recent trek up the Glacial Hills Scenic Byway. The monument pays tribute to the 9th&nbsp;&amp; 10th&nbsp;Cavalry Regiments. These groups of Black soldiers got their nickname in the Indian Wars. Native Americans said they were brave and fierce in battle - like the Buffalo. Since my son is a huge fan of the Civil War era Cavalry, this was a great way to start an historic and picturesque drive up the eastern edge of the state. Tue, 15 Nov 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/15/A-Nice-Drive-in-the-Glacial-Hills/1306/ Faces & Places Tour: Atchison & Leavenworth http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/16/Faces-Places-Tour-Atchison-Leavenworth/1100/ ‘Haunted’ AtchisonMy husband and I launched our relaxing Labor Day weekend with a visit to Atchison. Jacque Pregont, president of the Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce greeted us at the Atchison ... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/16/Faces-Places-Tour-Atchison-Leavenworth/1100/ Frontier Military Byway – more than a military tour http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/24/Frontier-Military-Byway-more-than-a-military-tour/941/ There are so many interesting places to visit along the Frontier Military Scenic Byway, you really need to plan a few days to catch it all. The byway takes you along the border area between Kansas and Missouri. It roughly follows the old military road originally built to link Fort Leavenworth and Fort Scott with military installations further to the south. The area was a hotbed of activity during the Bleeding Kansas fight for statehood. Along the route you will find the site of the Marais des Cygnes massacre, a brutal attack that galvanized guerilla warfare between free-state and pro-slavery forces in territorial Kansas. Nearby Mine Creek Battlefield is the site of the only major Civil War battle fought in Kansas. This scenic byway is not all about the military though. You will find a Santa Fe Trail stop, a stately historic home, several parks and a cider mill. The drive is through a beautiful part of the state with lots of hills and trees as you head south out of Kansas City. It takes you past so many interesting stops you will surely find something to please everyone in the family. Wed, 24 Aug 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/24/Frontier-Military-Byway-more-than-a-military-tour/941/ Kansas’ 1861 Decision Leads to Civil War http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/21/Kansas-1861-Decision-Leads-to-Civil-War/154/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Buffalo-Soldier.jpeg'/><br/>In recognition of this year’s 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, I wanted to share the pivotal role Kansas played in its history. Most Americans don’t realize that Kansas’ decision to enter the Union as a “free” state on January 29, 1861, ignited the passion and fury of a country divided over slavery. Just a few months later, on April 12, the first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, S.C. Mon, 21 Feb 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/21/Kansas-1861-Decision-Leads-to-Civil-War/154/