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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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Back in Time at Durham Museum

As times change many cities are faced with the dilemma of what to do with some of their grandiose historical buildings. Larger cities were often rail hubs, and have massive station houses that have seen thousands of visitors over the decades. In Omaha, Nebraska they turned their Union Station into a rail and history museum. Originally opened in 1931, this train station quickly became one of the busiest in the nation with 64 passenger trains daily. As the construction of major highways increased, so the use of train travel decreased. In 1971, the last passenger train departed this station, and it closed it’s doors. Fortunately, in 1996 after a $22 million renovation, the doors reopened, and now it is home to the Durham Museum.Continue reading

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Great Eats at Branding Iron BBQ

We are sure in most cases that if you cut a Kansas Citian they would bleed barbecue sauce. Now we have all heard stories about the various choices in this great BBQ town, but what about when you leave the metro? Well on a recent trek south we had the opportunity to test the saucy waters. We paid a visit to Branding Iron BBQ, which is located at 2027 North Commercial, in Harrisonville, Missouri. Continue reading

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Early Eats at Ronni’s Restaurant

It’s always fun trying a new restaurant, and especially when it has only recently opened. We recently stopped by Ronni’s Restaurant in Lenexa, Kansas. It was around Noontime on a Saturday, which worked out perfectly for this breakfast & lunch only diner. The restaurant is tucked away in a fairly plain strip mall located at 12812 West 87th Street in Lenexa, Kansas.Continue reading

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Take Flight at the Strategic Air Command Museum

Just south of Omaha you will come across the Offutt Air Force Base. This fairly nondescript area happens to be the headquarters of the U.S. Strategic Command. Nestled in the middle of farmland, just off exit 426 from Interstate 80, travelers will come across the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum. This museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the Strategic Air Command, while educating the public in the areas of aviation and science.Continue reading

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A Purpose for Passports

Some people would be embarrassed to say they never left the United States in their first 50 years of life. Well not us. We were more than content to spend our vacations traveling throughout the countryside. Oh we both have crossed the borders of Canada and Mexico, but barely. Now our kids are a different story. We had made many trips to the airport to see one of them off, as they jetted away to some foreign land. Always on their return they would try to convince us to follow in their footsteps, but to no avail. This all changed for our 35th wedding anniversary. To make it special, we made the decision to take our first cruise, which gave us a purpose for passports.Continue reading

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