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Hiking in the Manhattan area – Konza Prairie

November 13th, 2013 · No Comments · Travels, Uncategorized

I covered an assignment for a Field Rep over the weekend and normally when I go to the field I’m authorized overtime, usually working 14-16 hours days.  Since overtime isn’t allowed any longer and I only work 8 hours, this leaves plenty of time to explore the area I’m in and, truthfully, I’ve enjoyed it for that reason – but I still my guys at home and would prefer to get in, work a ton, and get home.  Oh well, when handed lemons, make lemonade!

I went to college at K-State but I’ve never heard of the Konza Prairie and was really impressed with this trail system!  There are three lengths – Nature Trail (about 3 miles), King’s Loop (about 5 miles), and Godwin Loop (about 6.5 miles).  I really wanted to go the distance for the Godwin Loop but I arrived very late in the day around 3:00 and still had to work that evening so I didn’t think I’d have time and planned for the King’s Loop.

I paid the $2 fee, loaded up my fanny pack with oranges, water, sandwich, phone, and a Kashi bar then took off.   I decided to take the Homestead Trail when I got to the still standing homestead and that easily added another half mile or so then was able to continue running through the south portion for about a 1.5 mile run.  This is an AWESOME place to hike and is absolutely breathtaking, literally!  I can’t wait to do it again and see it at different seasons.  I’ll be back in the area next week and will take my cold gear so I can do it again.

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