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Make Mine A Milkfloat

In the Delano area of Wichita, we stumbled upon Milkfloat. This interesting dessert shop is only about six months old, but is already creating a lot of buzz around town. We had just finished walking off a magnificent dinner at a nearby restaurant, and decided it was fate that landed us at the doorstep.Continue reading

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Breakfast for the Masses at Beacon Restaurant

When we started looking for breakfast locations in Wichita, the Beacon Restaurant kept rising to the top. After hearing all of the repetition, it was obvious that this was a place to try. Since it was close to our hotel, it seemed that a breakfast run would fit perfectly. We visited on a Tuesday morning, and even with some road work nearby, we found a great parking spot out front.Continue reading

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Tanganyika Wildlife Park – Unique Name, Awesome Experience

Tanganyika Wildlife Park is not exactly what we think of when we hear the word zoo. Although visitors can have a zoo-like experience, they can also choose to dive deeper into the world of animals. The owners wanted to help guests gain a more personal interaction with the wonderful creatures, that the zoo cares for on a daily basis. Here you will find an opportunity to get up close, and personal with many species. Continue reading

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TJ’s Burger House

Our original research identified TJ’s Burger House as a good option for one of the locally-owned restaurants to visit. Sadly, time restraints forced us to cut it from our final list. When the day to head out arrived, unseasonably low temperatures in Wichita forced us to make a last minute itinerary change. We quickly reinserted TJ’s into the mix, and looked forward to our upcoming visit.Continue reading

The Hidden Wonders of Rolling Hills Zoo

A trip to Salina, Kansas takes about 2 1/2 hours from the Kansas City metro, and it will put you almost half way across the state. About 10 miles farther, and you will find something you would never expect out here. About 2 miles south of I-70, at exit 244, you will come upon the Rolling Hills Zoo. What started as a horse farm in the early 1980’s, has blossomed into a zoological park that now boasts over 100 species. We were pleasantly surprised with our visit to this rural park.Continue reading

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Imaginations Soar at Wonderscope

Being Baby Boomers means that sometimes we are doing things with our grandkids. We have driven by Wonderscope many times in the past, and it seemed like a good place to explore. While we are usually good with most family friendly attractions, it’s not as often that we visit a location that caters specifically to the much younger crowd. We know of many good places to take kids, since we raised three of our own, but as times change, we look for some new sights to enjoy with the next generation. Continue reading

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Topeka’s 10th Street – A Day Trip to Capitol City

One of our favorite day trip destinations from Kansas City, Kansas is the capitol of our state, Topeka. The population is about the same as our hometown, and it offers some nice attractions less than an hour away. Many times our visits have a simple itinerary located along Topeka’s 10th Street, which includes a couple of attractions, and lunch at restaurant nearby. Let us show you how to enjoy A Day Trip to Capitol City,  without spending a ton of money. Continue reading

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Walk Through Time at the Kansas Museum of History

In 1984 the Kansas Museum of History was opened in Topeka by the Kansas Historical Society. This 30,000 square foot building sits on 80 acres in the northwest section of the city. The museum hosts traveling exhibits, as well as the permanent displays. There are 4 walking trails on the property to allow for views on the native grasslands and waterways. The main gallery features the permanent exhibits in chronological order following the history of Kansas. It begins with a look at the Native American tribes who populated the plains. It gives an overview of each of the tribes who lived or traveled through the Kansas region, and includes a lodge house, as well as a teepee.Continue reading

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Traversing the Flatlands

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Being based in the Kansas City area means that we are considered “Flatlanders”. This is a little misleading, because we are positioned at the confluence of two major rivers, so there are plenty of hills in our vicinity. Of course none of these begin to compare with what we find when we head West towards the Rocky Mountains. The drive across the state of Kansas can be grueling if you are only passing through. For those with a sense of exploration it is a vast canvas of untapped potential. This is not to say that there haven’t been times we merely rushed across on our way to a specific target, but for those looking to meander there are hidden gems to be found. What are some of the hidden gems you have found in the “flat lands”?