The “Lemonade” Hike at the Konza Prairie

A sick pet meant both that we did not leave for our vacation in Great Smoky Mountains National Park yesterday and that we instead spent the day at the K-State Veterinary Clinic trying to determine the underlying cause for our dog’s intermittent vomiting of blood. On paper, the day was not a good Thursday. In…

Lake Scott State Park – Kansas

When I heard about Lake Scott State Park, my curiosity was peaked. The park was described as a surprising oasis amid the high plains of the prairie with archaeological remains, hiking, and abundant wildlife. We have wanted to better explore the state parks within a weekend-able trip, so we picked Memorial Weekend to make the…

Peachberry Granola for the Trail

Our backpacking trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is in less than a month. We pawed through our supply of backpacker food, and we finally, finally, will have eaten the surplus meals we made for our PCT hike two years ago and the remaining long-range-patrol meals my military-minded father gave me as a…