Kansas City, Kansas lies miles to the north and is another K.C. suburb. I’ve lived, worked, and own property on both sides of the state line. I consider myself a Kansas-Citian more than a Kansan. Other urbanites may relate.
It’s not to say I don’t appreciate the beauty and bounty of Kansas. It’s pure pleasure to leave the interstates and visit the many attractions the state offers.
The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson http://www.cosmo.org/ houses the country’s second largest collection of space memorabilia.
The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve http://www.nps.gov/tapr/index.htm near Strong City has awesome trails for hiking or horseback riding. The experience of walking through the waist-high Bluestem grasses, with miles of Flint Hills visible in every direction, feels like freedom. The Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan http://denglerimages.photoshelter.com/image/I0000JDehn_zhIBM tells the story of Bluestem grasses and their importance.
For those who love architecture or historical buildings or just plain beauty, a visit to the renovated state capitol in Topeka http://www.kansastravel.org/kansasstatecapitol.htm will steal your heart. All the original bronze columns, railings, and ceiling décor have been polished, historic murals have been refurbished, and the maze-like limestone basement is a museum of Kansas history.
Kansas people are outdoorsy, and the state provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy nature—hunting, fishing, birding, hiking, and, of course, photography, not to mention vehicular sports. The land is not only gorgeous, but it’s diverse. Divided into four geographical regions, Eastern Wooded Hills, Flint Hills, Central Prairie, and Western High Plains, a person can travel the scenic byways of each and never see the same kind of topography. http://www.travelks.com/sitemap/ and http://www.kansaswetlandsandwildlifescenicbyway.com/
What? You thought Kansas was flat? Flat is relative—there’re no Smoky Mountains, no Grand Canyon. However, only the Central Prairie is flat, and it gradually slopes toward the high plains, which are punctuated with buttes, chalk formations, and dry canyons.
I have two friends who grew up on farms on the Kansas prairie. They both attended one-room schools until eighth grade.
My friend who lived close to the Oklahoma border says the prairie land there is very flat, and a person can see tornadoes coming for miles, à la Dorothy and Toto. Wichita, with its plethora of museums and attractions, is the largest city nearby. She loves driving through the Flint Hills on I-35. Every year, she still drives to Winfield to attend the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival and
My other friend lived only six miles from the Nebraska border on productive land which her dad farmed with horses in the early days. At that time, families lived close. With today’s machinery and irrigation methods, fewer farmers are needed for vast acreages. This friend suggests people should travel the secondary roads, such as Highway 36, the Pony Express Highway, and stop off in the small towns, each of which has its Indian museum, statue, cemetery, or
Camp out in Western Kansas for spectacular stargazing. Travel through the Flint Hills at nightfall in the early spring to witness dramatic controlled burns, which can be seen for miles. Birders, visit Cheyenne Bottoms near Great Bend for a view of the millions of birds soaring over the
Joyce Ann Brown’s Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mysteries are set in Kansas City, on both sides of the state line. Beth, the landlady, likes to hike, garden, and coddle small animals. Solving the mysteries discovered by Sylvester, aka Psycho Cat, is foreign to her peaceful, nature-loving soul. But—she does find the problem-solving to be stimulating.
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