One unexpected characteristic of Manhattan…the percussion of machine gun fire and bombs that rattle the house and echo in the air all day and evening here in the western edge of the city…. sounds from the artillery range and training area on base.
The Konza Prairie Preserve is the only place you will find listed under local hiking options… and you can enjoy a great six mile loop there with history, views and bison. But we found lots of other open public space close to town with coyotes calling, flocks of bluebirds and hawks soaring overhead.
After checking out the traditional tailgating parties before the game we also enjoyed discovering the animal sciences store at Call Hall where 40 flavors of ice cream are scooped and sold along with milk, fresh free range eggs, a variety of cheeses, beef, mutton, pork and sausages. Great local products and an opportunity to support the agricultural/animal sciences program on campus, as well!
Another day we ventured a bit farther east where the town of Wamego claims to be the keeper of all things Oz. A museum takes you an a journey through memorabilia and the local winery sells wines with names from over the rainbow. Other wineries along the way were fun to find … including one in the little town of Paxico where antique stores abound that you can lost in and marvel at the common items that still seem at home here.
Geocaching is a popular activity here… lots of creative and challenging caches. Puzzle caches abound as do power trails and caches leading to isolated views and creative locations on farm roads. We also found several disc golf courses.. with caches embedded for double the fun. All fun ways to spend a day.
All in all…Manhattan … “The Little Apple” is a fun place to explore, although the winters are colder and the summers are hotter than we might prefer… there are several spots available for free or reasonable camping nearby… and a comfortable guest room for us to take advantage of, as well. We will keep coming back! 🙂