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In mid march, we traveled to western Kansas for a few days to visit some of the wonderful rock formations in the area. We enjoyed the scenery among the rock formations along the trail on the Smoky Valley Ranch. We also visited the Little Pyramids, Monument Rocks, and Castle Rock. We stayed in Colby and visited Oakley and Russell Springs. We wanted to tour the Butterfield Trail Museum in Russell Springs, but it was closed for the season. We had a nice visit with Barbara at the Keystone Gallery on
Robert & Rita Johnson - Explorer #3444
Date of Trip: March 16, 2017
Submitted: 03.30.17
On Saturday, September 26, my wife, Rita, and I visited Caldwell, KS. We parked downtown and went into the grocery store to buy something to drink. We then picked up a brochure and proceeded to visit 19 of the 20 metal, decorative signs throughout the town. The signs describe, long gone establishments such as the Last Chance Saloon, the Red Light Saloon, and the Grand Opera House. They also tell stories of several of the many lawmen who were killed in the line of duty in Caldwell, and one who wa
Robert & Rita Johnson - Explorer #3444
Date of Trip: September 26, 2015
Submitted: 10.13.15
Visited Waverly, KS in northeast Coffee County. Main Street has great old buildings that reveal wonderful detail and features upon close examination. Beautiful Veterans Memorial and a really nice Jones Foundation Park. Waverly is the birthplace of aviation and woman business pioneer, Olive Ann (Mellor) Beech. Her birth memorial is at park entrance. Friendly and hospitable community with a good eating place. This town presents a very solid, old-town vibe with great amounts of friendliness a
Paul Girard Schmidt - Explorer #6356
Date of Trip: September 27, 2014
Submitted: 09.30.14
I visited Downs for the 21st Annual Kansas Storytelling Festival. What a fabulous day! Although the festival is two days, I could only be there for the second day. I was able to sit in on three sessions as well as the finale. What storytellers! So creative. There were workshops where teachers could gain one continuing ed credit as well as the special presentations done for area children. Downs is a quaint town and the festival celebrated the local history with storytelling all over town inclu
Amy Thompson - Explorer #6147
Date of Trip: April 26, 2014
Submitted: 04.28.14
On April 6 Explorer Paul Nickel and his wife Diana hosted the Flint Hills Quilt Trail meeting at their Scenic Valley Inn B&B (scenicvalleyinn.com)in Manhattan. Over 100 barn quilt enthusiasts attended to hear barn quilt author Sizie Parron speak. Also attending was national barn quilt painting champion Sue Hageman. There are now approximately 110 barn quilts on the Flint Hills Barn Quilt Trail.
Paul Nickel - Explorer #3754
Date of Trip: April 6, 2020
Submitted: 04.23.14
Old K-10 Highway between Alta Vista, KS and Alma, KS is always beautiful - even with snow covered hills! (The Flint Hills are at their peak in the summer time though when the pastures are bright vivid green!) For an added bonus, and some beautiful stone barns and stone arch culverts, try Illinois Creek road. Illinois Creek road is a well maintained gravel road stretching from east of Alta Vista on Highway 4 to Old K-10 Highway East of Alma between Volland and Alma.
Molly Siemens - Explorer #6121
Date of Trip: February 23, 2013
Submitted: 02.24.13
We discovered a great smothered chili cheeseburger (no bun) at the Last Chance Express Grill in Nickerson,(Reno County). Their cheeseburgers are also a cut above the ordinary.
David & Irene Norman - Explorer #3183
Date of Trip: January 19, 2013
Submitted: 01.19.13
We took the Outhouse tour in Elk Falls with some friends. Loads of fun and laughs. We enjoyed the apple dumplings and plenty of local fare. The Rock Garden and house (resoration in progress) at the Pottery is one of the town highlights. We plan a return trip in the Spring for anoter view the falls.
Keith & Laura Fitzsimmons - Explorer #4891
Date of Trip: November 17, 2012
Submitted: 11.18.12
My husband and I plan trips throughout Kansas. We have on hand our trusty Kansas map and two Mari Penner books that are a must have when traveling Kansas. We left El Dorado, Kansas and made it to Abline, Kansas. There we saw several mansions and headed north. We arrived to Rock City, where there were many people there. My husband even managed to crawl through the donut rock when I said I couldn’t fit through. We were going to Wilson, Kansas but we were running out of daylight so we cut i
Kelli Gorman - Explorer #6057
Date of Trip: November 10, 2012
Submitted: 11.13.12
My husband and I were told of a new restaurant that opened approximately 4 months ago in Strong City. It is called Ad Astra and is right on the main street next to the Strong City Grocery Store. It is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm. The food is great. We have had the Reuben's and the Bison Burgers. They also have home made potato chips. The sides served with the sandwiches are also excellent. We have now been there 4 times and we love it.
Maria & Bob Sweet - Explorer #6011
Date of Trip: August 21, 2012
Submitted: 09.17.12