Flint Hills Scenic Byway offers breathtaking views while social distancing

Flint Hills Scenic Byway – Kansas

With all of us trying our best to practice social distancing, a family day trip through some of the most beautiful tallgrass prairies in the country could be just what your family needs when this is all over. The Flint Hills Scenic Byway was designated on September 22nd, 2005 and has been impressing visitors ever since.

The round trip from Kansas City takes about 5 hours total. We’re sure you’ll find plenty of spots to stop and take in the beauty and get some good photos so add some more time if planning a trip. Some of the spots you’ll see include the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve with its showcase limestone mansion as well as the Scenic Byway Overlook that gives you a 360-degree panoramic view of the tallgrass prairie.

The Byway begins in Council Grove, KS and winds through the prairies down to Cassoday, KS.

If you’re feeling even more adventurous, there is an extension of this byway that is made up of primarily gravel roads and extends the trail for about 58 miles. Check out the Flint Hills Wildlife Drive

Did you know Kansas City has a Big Cat Sanctuary in it’s backyard?

Spring break ideas around Kansas City – Moon Marble Co

Moon Marble Company – Bonner Springs, KS

For many of us Spring Break is just around the corner if not already here. With that in mind I thought we could highlight some fun spots to take the kiddos during this relaxing week off. If you haven’t been to Moon Marble Company in Bonner Springs, KS, you really should stop by.

Every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday they have free marble making demonstrations that begin at 10:30 AM and run until 3:00 PM. They are open Mon-Sat from 10 AM – 5 PM.

They also have a Moon Marble Museum you can check out as well as a store that sells marbles of all types,marble games and various art glass and decor. My kids loved it and it was a great way to fill an afternoon for little to no cost.

Moon Marble Company
600 East Front Street
Bonner Springs, Kansas 66012
Phone: 913-441-1432

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Morel mushroom outlook is looking good (maps)

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Reports are coming in from down south of the morel season getting underway. Several sightings from Georgia are giving us hope and anticipation for the upcoming season.

We’ve got about a month before the temperatures are prime for morel hunting in Missouri and Kansas. Morels like it when it starts to get around 60 degrees and above during the day, and night temperatures hover around 40 degrees. Morels start popping up when the earth gets between 45 and 50 degrees.

If you have never been morel hunting before, it’s a great way to get some exercise and spend some time in nature. The website The Great Morel has some good tips for beginners.

Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park is not what you’d expect in Kansas

While it may take a bit to get there, this new state park in KS is most definitely worth the trip for any nature lover. This is a one-of-a-kind landscape in Kansas and the state’s largest Niobrara Chalk formation.

The park features a mile long stretch of 100′ tall spires and cliffs. The formations are the remnants of an inland sea that once covered Kansas territory.

It’s not what one would expect to see on the Kansas prairie and I can’t wait to check it out. See you on the trails!