Growing up, I remember loving the INDOORS. I hated bugs (ok, I still hate bugs), hated scratchy grass, and didn’t like getting all sweaty. Maybe that’s a typical girl thing, but I’m so thankful my love for adventure and outdoors has grown over the years. Now I truly love being out in God’s creation and seeing new places!
Thankfully, I married a man who also loves the outdoors, and his love has only helped me appreciate God’s creation even more. Brady had us register for a bunch of camping gear for our wedding and we finally got to put it to use a couple of weekends ago at Kanopolis State Park. We had a BLAST and truly found a gem in Kansas! (I am so sad to report that the pictures I took on my camera somehow got deleted. I’m super bummed! So please enjoy these iPhone photos in their place. 😉 )
We pitched our tent at the Rockwall campsite and loved where we ended up! The lake is beautiful and there are rock ledges surrounding it. I’m glad we went earlier in the season because it wasn’t too hard to find a spot that wasn’t surrounded by big groups. I imagine it gets pretty busy though in the coming months!
On our first night we found one of the hiking trails and did some walking. It was incredibly peaceful, we saw some wildlife, and we figured out that I take 12 steps for every 10 steps Brady takes, haha. These are important things to learn! The further we got on our hike, the more unique the boulders and cliffs around us became. It was stunning, even with most of the plants being brown still.
We came back to our campsite, gathered some brush and wood, and managed to build a fire with the windy weather. Brady did an amazing job! We grilled some brats and made campfire cones. We filled waffle cones with marshmallows, Reese’s, and banana and then wrapped them in foil and put them over the fire. They were so, so good! It felt pretty awesome to make your food on a fire that you created!
When we woke up in the morning, we brought out our camping grill to make french press coffee, eggs, and sausage. We were able to sit by the lake and soak in some time with Jesus as we sipped our coffee and it was wonderful. Those are my favorite moments! We then packed up camp and headed to find some more hiking.
We ended up at Horsethief Canyon after seeing some great reviews. The trail definitely didn’t disappoint! There were so many points where we felt like we were in an old western movie and not in the middle of Kansas. The rock formations were incredible, and the sand that had fallen off of the unusually soft rocks was bright yellow and so fun to touch. We ended up getting off the trail and semi-lost for a bit, but we found our way back and had a great 1 hour hike!
After our hike we headed home! It was a quick trip, but so refreshing for us to get outside and do something new together. We would love to go back soon and explore some other trails and camp sites. Kansas is so beautiful!
Ok, your turn! Where are your favorite places to find adventure? Have you found some great things to do outside in Kansas? We’d love to explore more based off your suggestions! 🙂