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See History Come Alive at Missouri Town 1855

Sitting on 30 acres, on the east side of Lake Jacomo is Missouri Town 1855. This open air museum contains more than 25 structures dating from the time just before the Civil War. Interpreters, dressed in period attire, interact with visitors to explain the lifestyle of the era.  Although Missouri Town was never an actual town, it was assembled to represent a mid-19th-century Missouri settlement. The assortment of buildings were moved to their current site from other locations in Missouri.

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Surfs Up at Cocoa Beach, Florida

This year we decided to spend our post-Thanksgiving taking a well-deserved trip. The plan was to make it a celebration of our 35th Anniversary, so a number that big needs a significant itinerary. We chose to start it with a couple days in the Cocoa Beach area. Our hopes were that some beach time would help us slow our pace from the everyday rushing that seems to permeate our lives. It always seems that the holidays add extra expectation to the already busy schedules.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”?

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Tin Kitchen: Weston, Missouri

Just a short drive from Kansas City you will find Weston, Missouri. This nearby day trip location is a quaint little river town filled with small town shops. The downtown area is a popular place for couples, families, and small parties to gather for a day of leisurely activities. Between shopping, winery visits, and other interesting stops, you can work up quite an appetite. There are a handful of dining choices, but on our recent visit we picked the Tin Kitchen.Continue reading

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Talk To The Animals at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo

We Kansas Citians are very fortunate to have a good selection of zoos to choose from, within a fairly reasonable driving distance. The Kansas City Zoo is a decent park, but doesn’t have the monetary sponsors that a couple of the others in the Midwest are blessed with. The Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska has been wildly successful in part due to the corporate funding they have been provided. Being less than a 3 hour drive away makes this park a great option for a day trip, which we recently experienced. Continue reading