Google ‘hike the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim’ and what do you find? Besides maps, trail descriptions, play by plays of people’s experiences, lists of what to carry and what to wear, you’ll find that virtually anyone on the Internet who has ever taken the time to write about hiking in the Grand Canyon will also tell you to NOT hike it between the months of June-August. So, naturally, we went in the middle of July.
Quick dIsclaimer: I am not an expert.
Last year, I decided to start splitting my time between snowboarding in resorts and creating my own routes in the backcountry. I was completely intimidated by the idea of hiking up a giant, treacherous mountain and making it down safely. Was it worth it? Absolutely.
I try to get outside every day, even if that just means squeezing in a walk on my lunch break at work. Overall, though, I've found lots of fun ways to explore my backyard this year, and in many instances it's led to new friendships. Here are my top 10 spots for playing outside in Kansas this year, in no particular order. Most are in or around Lawrence.