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Hiking With A Teaching Objective: Preservation and Conservation of the Tallgrass Prairie

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Having hiked the Konza Prairie since the late 80's, its been a wish that I could someday spend time has a volunteer doing something to help preserve this native, tallgrass environment. This wish came to fruition last fall, while during a hike, I had a chance meeting with the head of the Konza Environmental Education Program (KEEP) who was with a master docent. We talked about my interest in the prairie and it was suggested that I should enroll in the docent training classes. I remember the unbelievable feeling I had walking away from that conversation. My excitement built up during the hour long drive home and my wife knew something was up. Long story short ....... the excitement carried over to her and she jumped in for the ride. We're both so thankful and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Konza Prairie family. Every outing is rewarding and exciting. What we've learned, and are passing along to others, is that the preservation and conservation of the tallgrass prairie is important for the generations to come.


Jan and I leading a hike through Kings Creek on the Konza Praire where these youngsters were learning about the ecosystem there.



Wildlife study hike on the Nature Trail. The shrub, stream, and prairie ecosystems.

We believe that it's important that children be exposed to nature and the various ecosystems on our planet. Being a docent lets Jan and I use our love for hiking to share and teach others that it's important to care for and appreciate our environment.




  
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CHRISGETTINGFIT 6/15/2014 6:00PM

    Great activity you're doing!!

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TRAILTRODDER 7/23/2013 6:04PM

    Will be leading a group of European undergraduates tomorrow on the Konza. Not knowing much about this group, I can only hope that they leave with some understanding of the prairie environment. .... After an early morning hike along the Nature Trail, we'll then head out for a tour of the Bison Loop. One of the exciting things about this excursion is that these European students have never seen live bison. I'm pretty eager to get them out there just to see their excitement.

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KAYOTIC 7/16/2013 11:03PM

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 7/16/2013 12:48PM

    Very nice pictures. Great way for you & Jan to enjoy your day, give back and bond all at once. Love how she joined at the last minutes like that. Gotta love a gal that enjoys mother nature!

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Side by Side With the Love of My Life....First Year of Marriage

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Some of you know the story of Jan and I and how we came to meet through Sparkpeople. On August 29th we celebrated our first wedding anniversary and our first year was absolutely amazing. It was common interest that brought us together and we've kept those interests exciting and a priority. Jan is a wonderful cook and she does so with our health in mind. We don't venture into fast food establishments and we've found restaurants that serve up a healthy menu. Jan loves to travel so it's easy to plan hiking trips. Jan, having never been to Colorado, I took her on a hiking trip there in April. We hiked around the Breckenridge area and thirty miles north of there on the Lower Cataract Lake Trail. This is where we saw a bear. Again, this last August, we celebrated our anniversary in Colorado. It was ten days of hiking and sightseeing. Here in Kansas,we've hiked the Konza Prairie several times, the National Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, Horsethief Canyon, and some local trails. She loves it. ..... When it came to kayaking, She was alittle apprehensive about getting into one, but I convinced her to try mine out. Guess what? I couldn't get her out of it, she was having too much fun. So, last May I bought her one. She loves it. ...... Once a week we have a date night and it's a time to reflect on our experiences and set goals for new ones. The outdoors is such a vital part of our marriage and we want to continue healthy habits so we can always enjoy the things that brought us together. We compliment one another wonderfully and I can honestly say that we belong together, side by side.







Jan and I will always be grateful for the kind words and blessings our sparkfriends have conveyed. Your well-wishes have been gratefully received.

  
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MIZINA730 10/25/2012 8:51AM

    What a well-worded blog. It's beautiful to see such a happy and harmonious couple. I am interested in the prairie and the mountains, and also love hiking. Your photos are outstanding and I will "tag along" with the two of you from now on.

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/25/2012 3:47AM

    I can't believe it has been a year. I'm so happy for the both of you. It was fate. The hikes sound like fun. I as 13 when we took a trip to see both of my parents families. Kansas, Missouri, and Colorado. I bet it has change a lot lol. Love the pictures. Beautiful, and of course you guys make such a cute couple.

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TXGRANDMA 10/23/2012 10:29PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon what a great story! How neat that she likes the outdoor life like you do! Who would have thought you two would be so compatable! This is emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 10/23/2012 10:14AM

    Greg I think Grand Canyon or Yosemite would be fun ti hike. Grand Canyon has a river experience similar to Kayaking as well. Let me know if you need any ideas in your planning. You guys look great! Victoria

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GEMINISUE 10/23/2012 8:20AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon This is awesome!

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DIANE7786 10/23/2012 6:34AM

    emoticon emoticon I love that you found each other through Sparks.

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Christmas Reading ....Gift Ideas

Monday, November 28, 2011

I was looking over my book collection this morning and realized that I was missing a few of my favorites. Oh well, they can be replaced. I love sharing things that lift up my spirits and add worth to my well being. Maybe I can do the same with this simple tool such as a "blog". ....... Here are a few of my favorite books that I believe some of you may enjoy and would make a great Christmas gift for someone.

Bill Bryson's ..... "A Walk in the Woods" (a humorous story of hiking a
segment of the Appalachian Trail)
"A Sunburned Country" (his Austrailia adventure)

Peter Jenkin's .. "A Walk Across America" (a hiking adventure through the
eastern and southern part of America)
"Looking For Alaska" (his adventures in Alaska)

Peter Heller's ... "Hell or High Water.....Surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River"
(a great kayak adaventure)

John Eldredge's ..."Wild at Heart ... Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul"
( self-help reading )

Several authors contributed to the book ... "Epic....Stories of Survival From the
World's Highest Peak"

I can list more, but this is a good start. I'm hoping that some of you may offer a title or two or comment on these that I've listed in hopes of helping others decide.

Reading is a wonderful healthy tool and is helpful in reducing the risk of Alzheimer Disease and keeping the brain in good shape.

Love the Spark community....Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!

Trailtrodder

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LOLAJO54 4/16/2012 9:18PM

    You know something these are good suggestions...
wish I had seen this earlier..

My suggestion --you need to sit down and write a book about your trails and adventures and add all the great pictures you have taken..

it would be fantastic

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GAYEMC 12/6/2011 1:30PM

    Surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River sounds like a great read. I'll have to see if I can get it on my Kindle.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 11/29/2011 3:24PM

    I think I would enjoy Bill Bryson's ..... "A Walk in the Woods". I will just get it at the Library!

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Marriage, Well-Being and Spark Success

Thursday, November 03, 2011

A wonderful story of a new beginning for us both. Jan and I were truely meant to be and I knew this after several months of distant conversations. Yes, we did meet through a mutual sparkfriend, a person who shares many of the same delights of life that Jan and I do. Jan and I have hiked much, she has gone with me on kayak outings, and we both share a desire to give to one another. I'm thankful and grateful that she will be a part of my life forever. Our healthy endeavers brought us together and through the support of our Sparkfriends, we maintain success in all of our efforts. Love you all!



  
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TRAILTRODDER 9/3/2013 11:24PM

    Still going strong! Jan and I just celebrated our 2nd anniversary by vacationing in Colorado. Did some hiking and lots of picture taking. Hope everyone is still motivated to reach and maintain their goals. You can't beat this wonderful home. SparkPeople is the best for support and tools for wellness. Jan and I love you all!
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GAYEMC 12/6/2011 1:28PM

    What a great story!

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BAKER1009 12/2/2011 9:05AM

    Congratulations! I just read the story of you and Jan and it was wonderful! I wish you both much happiness!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 11/9/2011 9:04PM

    Congrats!

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ASDOBBER 11/9/2011 4:57PM

    Congrats to you both!!

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SAFETYSUE 11/8/2011 6:46PM

    Congratulation again, you both look so happy with a lifetime of wonderful companionship ahead of you. I wish you both great times and great memories ahead.

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X5X52000 11/8/2011 6:40PM

    great success

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STARFIRE125 11/8/2011 5:41PM

    Wishing you a healthy, joy filled and blessed life!

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LIVINMYDREAMS 11/8/2011 2:11PM

    How wonderful!

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KAZINMICH 11/8/2011 10:06AM

    Congratulations!

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/8/2011 12:08AM

    Congratulations ,Jan is truly wonderful so if she has chosen you you must be awesome too may you be very happy together !

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DWILCZKO 11/7/2011 10:32PM

  congrats!

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TEMPEST272002 11/7/2011 8:12PM

    May you enjoy many healthy, happy years together!

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LOLAJO54 11/7/2011 7:48PM

    happy happy life together
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stay healthy stay happy

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RAINBOWMF 11/7/2011 7:24PM

    emoticon that is so wonderful.
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KLONG8 11/7/2011 6:57PM

    Congratulations!

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REENIE131 11/7/2011 5:38PM

    Congratulations!

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LORTHOM2001 11/7/2011 1:31PM

    w-o-w...cool beans!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 11/7/2011 1:28PM

    Absolutely beautiful picture of two gorgeous human beings. Much happiness to you both!

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ANNALISSAS 11/7/2011 12:02PM

    Awesome story, congrats. Enjoy many wonderful adventures together!

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SPLASHDOG1 11/7/2011 11:50AM

    Congratulations to you both! I hope you have a wonderful life together.

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GEMINISUE 11/7/2011 8:58AM

    Congratulations! You look like you were made for each other. That is one beautiful picture, treasure it always, as you will each other.

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SBNORMAL 11/7/2011 6:24AM

  SWEET, Many years of love and sparkin!!

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MODESTASHEGETS 11/6/2011 11:34PM

    You guys look so happy! Congrats to you!

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SWEETMOMMY41 11/6/2011 9:01PM

  congratulations! thanks for sharing such a wonderful story! have a fantastic day!

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FITNESSGIRL20 11/6/2011 8:55PM

    What a sweet story! How wonderful it is that the both of you found each other! Good luck to you on your new marriage and with maintaining your healthy lifestyle(s)!

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THEMOTIVATOR1 11/6/2011 7:25PM

    Great
a healthy life Style Has it's Rewards waiting for you

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MOMMAKNOWSBEST 11/6/2011 5:18PM

  congrats!

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 11/6/2011 2:38PM

    Wonderful love story !! Wish you both many more wonderful years to come !!
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STRENGTH2BEATMS 11/6/2011 2:30PM

    that's a very inspiring story. i am glad you are happy and I wish you the best of luck for the future!!

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    What a wonderful story! I wish you the very best! :) emoticon

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  emoticonWe're raising our glasses to you both! Congatulations and a lifetime of joy ahead for you.
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    May your love and commitment to each other continue to grow.

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    Great love story! Spark on! emoticon

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    emoticon Best wishes for a very happy life together!!!

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Making Trailtrodding My Passion Again

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I knew starting out this year that I needed to regain the passion for hiking that I lost due to five years of surgeries. During those five years I sat around and gained 35 pounds and was not motivated to do anything to promote my well-being. After a hospital stay, bringing in the new year, I had decided that I had enough. I was going to retake charge of my life by changing my attitude and go back to doing what I enjoyed most in the past. I told myself that I was going to change my eating habits and hike at least one new trail a month this year. I'm proud to say that I'm holding true to that commitment. My goal is to lose 30 pounds by June and I'm more than half way there. I have also looked within my homestate and found great trails to hike. ............I want to add this little tidbit. I set my goals with the help of Sparkpeople and they are realistic goals. Even though the weight loss is in small increments, it's still positive weight loss and it all equals a larger sum. The one thing that I found that's essential to my success in achieving my goals is logging in everyday and participating in my team forums. My teammates help motivate and I owe them much thanks. ..........Please check out my spark page for hiking photos.

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LOLAJO54 11/7/2011 7:50PM

    time for some new updates of your trail walking

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TRAILTRODDER 1/12/2010 2:17AM

    2009 was an awesome year for me. I made goal and got in some great outdoor adventures. The weight loss, hiking and biking was really great for my well being. I have a couple of good hikes in the works and I hope to get in a kayak trip at some point this fall.

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CLEOLEFT1 6/23/2009 4:59PM

    I love your hiking pix and hope to see more...I found out that you can actually have as many pix on sparks as you want to if you upload onto your blogs as well as your photo gallery.

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