On January 15, six Topeka Group members, who were undaunted by a recent storm that had dumped over six inches of snow on the ground, ventured out to the recently opened Kaw River State Park west of Topeka. The state’s newest park, which was officially opened with a dedication in August 2010, in on the south side of the Kansas River on property that was formerly owned by the Menninger foundation. The park terrain is hilly and wooded, with several trails that connect to the new boat ramp on the Kaw and join with existing trails near Cedar Crest, the governor’s official residence. Information about the park can be found at: http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us/news/State-Parks/Locations/Kaw-River.
Once the Topeka Group hikers located the trail had (which was obscured by the snow), they hiked for the next two hours, at one point stopping at the boat ramp to take in the view of the Kaw – frozen over from bank to bank. It was a bright, sunny day, if somewhat cold.
Pictured below, from left to right, are Priscilla George, Bill Cutler, Paul Post, and Gary Andersen. Not pictured were participants Jenny Campbell and her three year old daughter, Siddha. The second photo shows Bill and Priscilla on the bank of the frozen Kaw River.
by Paul Post, Topeka Group Outings Chair