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Pioneer Life at The National Oregon California Trail Center

In Montpelier, Idaho we found The National Oregon California Trail Center, which offers those who travel to this out of the way town a real treat. On our Rocky Mountain Road Trip adventure we found lots of unique stops, but of course time limits the amount that can be seen. We both enjoy historical places that focus on the period of Westward Expansion. Crystal enjoys the stories of people’s lives, and their experiences during these trying times. I like to learn about the tools they used to tame the land, and help them cross the rugged terrain. 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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Hidden Falls Trail at Jenny Lake

A short drive north of Jackson Hole, Wyoming is Jenny Lake. As early as the 1890’s, homesteaders began locating to this region. The deep-water lake, and pristine ecosystem made for excellent trapping opportunities. In 1906, the Forest Service took over the management of the ever increasing visitor services. Soon a campground was constructed, and in 1929 the Grand Tetons National Park was established.Continue reading

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Get Your Squeal On at SLAPS BBQ

These days there are a plethora of cooking shows, and competitions that give the up-and-coming a springboard to quick success. This doesn’t mean that they don’t have to be every bit as good as their competition. Remember that social media can be a boon or a bust for businesses these days. A prime example of this boosted success would be SLAPS BBQ at 553 Central Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas. Back in the old days becoming a successful restaurateur was a long and arduous process. It required years of training, working your way up through the kitchen ranks. With hard work, and a little luck, you may be able to gain some notoriety. 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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Yellowstone National Park – Rocky Mountain Trip Part 2

The morning we were to enter Yellowstone National Park was cloudy and cold, of course it was mid-September in the mountains. We made our way through the southern edge of Montana, and stopped in Silver Gate at the Log Cabin Cafe for a quick bite. There was a chance of precipitation in the forecast, but we were not about to let that dampen our spirits. With our hungers satisfied, we headed off toward the park entrance. Continue reading

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A Weekend in Omaha, Nebraska

In less than three hours you can drive from Kansas City to Omaha, Nebraska. Once there you will find a multitude of attractions, activities, and oddities to keep you occupied. We have made this trip on multiple occasions, and it seems that we always find plenty to keep us busy. This place makes for a wonderful three day weekend destination, and you can still get back home early enough on the Sunday to catch your breath. Continue reading

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Eggtc. – Decent Dining

On some weekend mornings we enjoy having a late breakfast out. We are always on the lookout for new places, but find ourselves habitually drawn to our standards. When we stumbled upon Eggtc., we were pleasantly surprised. The restaurant is located just a few blocks south of the Plaza, at 5107 Main Street in KCMO. They offer up a diverse menu with surprisingly affordable prices.

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Crossing the Plains – Rocky Mountain Trip Part 1

When you hear someone speak of great American road-trips a flood of images can run through your mind. Whether you prefer mountains, beaches or small town USA, all of these can be found on the road. This is our favorite way to travel, as it allows us to immerse ourselves in the scenery. While short trips are easiest to plan and execute, sometimes we feel the need for a long journey. Such was the case when we made our two week Rocky Mountain Road Trip.Continue reading

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Go Old School at Rosedale Bar BQ

Barbecue can be a touchy subject in Kansas City. Just the other evening we heard a group discussing the merits and pitfalls of various restaurants around the region. Everyone has an opinion, and all have a foundation from which they formed it. We are of the opinion that there is something redeemable about just about any restaurant one finds, as long as you go in with an open mind. When we aren’t sure what to order we usually just ask a staff member what their best menu item is or at least what is the most favorite. Since we mentioned barbecue, let’s talk about a Rosedale Bar BQ, a Kansas City, Kansas restaurant that has been around since July 4, 1934.Continue reading

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