We’ve all seen the pictures from the Kansas City Royal’s World Series rally at Union Station. Everyone remarked about how large of a crowd assembled, and how it was such an oddity. Well it was not the first time in Kansas City history that a massive crowd assembled near this site. If you were able to travel back to 1921 you would behold another massive gathering near these grounds. It may not have been 800,000 people, but considering the travel conditions of those days it was still an impressive event. This large mass of humanity gathered to witness a once in a lifetime event commemorating the dedication of the first World War I Museum to be built in the United States. Continue reading →
The lighthouse one sees on the approach to the Nassau, Bahamas harbor is one of the most highly photographed structures in the Caribbean. Who can resist this picturesque scene surrounded by the beautiful array of colors? But were you aware the Pearl Island lighthouse is another picture-perfect scene, and can be found just a short boat ride away?
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It is often said that good things come in small packages, and this can be proven by checking out the Topeka Zoo. Located in the 80 acre Gage Park, in Topeka, Kansas, this zoo can be seen in as little as an hour and a half, but there are plenty of exhibits to fill at least half of a day.Continue reading →
It is amazing to hear the background stories from some of the businesses around town. People can be very inventive when they launch a start-up, and if successful, the business may slowly transform into something almost unrecognizable. Such is the case for Easy, Tiger located in the West Bottoms. The premise of the company started with delivering greeting cards. Not your average frilly, and sugary-sweet type of greeting cards. Their product has sarcastic overtones, and comes emblazoned with retro style graphics. The end result usually brings a smile to the face of the giver and receiver, so the cards accomplish their purpose. They just do it with a twist.Continue reading →
We are always on the lookout for some indoor alternatives, especially during the winter. While spending some time in the cold air can be exhilarating, it’s not conducive to leisurely strolls. A Kansas City staple for indoor entertainment is the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum. Each weekend you will find singles, couples, and families admiring the vast collections. Art students are strategically positioned to practice capturing works of masters, as well as creating their own pieces. Tour guides lead eager groups through the vast expanses feeding their charges with interesting tidbits of information.Continue reading →
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”?
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 →
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 →
I like to keep a list of potential restaurants for different areas of the metro, so that we can find good Mexican, Asian, pizza, or whatever strikes us when we are running around. One of the tips we recently received pointed us toward a small burrito restaurant at 1328 Minnesota Avenue in KCK. Burritos La Chiquita is a good example of a successful small business. Started about 9 years ago as a small walk-up window on 7th & Ohio, in downtown KCK, the popularity of the food offerings forced them to move to a larger location about 5 years ago. That is when they relocated to their current home, and they continue to see the business thrive today. I met with the owner recently, and he walked me through their business, while explaining their simple model for success.Continue reading →