Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sunday Fun II: Kansas' Kanopolis State Park

Since the weather at this time is amazingly calm for May, let's do a second Sunday Fun feature: Kansas' amazing Kanopolis State Park. Ranked 14th among state parks, it looks like it is straight out of a John Wayne western. As Michael Pearce writes in today's Wichita Eagle,

 — Six horseback riders crossed a tallgrass savannah, then had hilltop views of a sprawling lake.
The horses were stirrup deep as they crossed a clear stream in a valley that looked straight from a classic John Wayne western, framed by towering rim rock — with a pair of sizable caves — and scarred where buffalo hooves had cut into rock for centuries. Eventually the riders traversed dense woodlands and toured a rugged canyon of giant, rose-colored boulders.
Paula Avery, of Salina, thought of her North Carolina relatives who wonder why she lives in Kansas.
“They’ve just never seen this side of what Kansas can look like,” said Avery, as she rode a buckskin-colored horse named Mariah. “This is so beautiful.”

Read more here:
Michael Pearce, The Wichita Eagle
Add in the Gyp Hills or the nearby Flint Hills and you have an entire western movie set in an area that is amazingly affordable with wonderful accommodations. Come and visit us!

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