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Dredging Up the Past at the Arabia Steamboat Museum

Our visit to the Arabia Steamboat Museum reminded us why we like the City Market, in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This place bustles with vendors, hawkers, musicians, shoppers, and history seekers. The last category is often on their way to the museum, which is located in one of the permanent buildings that surround the market. The Arabia was a side wheeled steamer built in 1853. It plied the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, before being purchased and relocated to the Missouri River.Continue reading

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Dining With Flair at Third Street Social

We were looking for a restaurant, that presented dining with flair, in downtown Lee’s Summit. We decided to visit Third Street Social, which is located at 123 SE 3rd Street. Third Street in downtown Lee’s Summit, Missouri offers up an eclectic collection of dining opportunities. Burgers, tacos, wings, bar grub, pizza, and many other food groups are presented in around two dozen locations. All of these are in this downtown area, and all within a short walk from each other. It would be safe to say that just about every level of dining option is covered. Here you will find anything from fast food joints to fine dining restaurants. Continue reading

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Honoring the Past at the Huron Indian Cemetery

Kansas City, Kansas isn’t as old as some of the other large Midwest cities. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have just as colorful a history as the others. A recent visit to the Huron Indian Cemetery, on 7th Street just north of Ann Avenue, reminded us just how unique our beginnings were. The name Huron was a derogatory nickname bestowed on the Wyandot Indian tribe by the French, in reference to the headpieces worn by tribe members. The grounds were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. The cemetery has been officially renamed Wyandot National Burying Ground.Continue reading

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High Altitude Fun at the Hogle Zoo

We are zoo people! There I said it, and it feels good to get that off of my chest. On many occasions we have been asked about the attractions we visited when we were traveling as a couple without kids in tow. We are still amazed when people act amazed that we visited a zoo on our travels. Let’s face it, it’s a fascination we have in common. Some zoos are designed to be purely entertaining, while others are heavy on educational value. We have seen small, medium, and large sized zoos. We have been to zoos in the Midwest, near the oceans, and even in the mountains. On our Rocky Mountain Road Trip we had the chance to visit the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, Utah.Continue reading

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How to Dine for Less – Bryant’s Barbecue

In Kansas City, when you mention barbecue you will hear a ton of various comments. Some talk up the smoke ring, while others focus on the sauces. Conversations will circle around which cuts are the best, and at which locations. The number of variations will make your head spin, but one thing most people will agree on is that dining out on barbecue can be costly. We visited Bryant’s Barbecue to put this impression to the test.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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Ride Like The Wind to the Pony Express National Museum

When people hear the name “Pony Express”, their minds picture young cowboys racing their horses across the untamed wilderness. Risking all against the elements, and sometimes unfriendly natives, was a daily experience for these riders. While this enterprise only lasted 19 months, it’s accomplishments secured its place in history. In St. Joe, Mo. you can visit the Pony Express National Museum and discover more details about this amazing undertaking.Continue reading

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Exploring Kaw Point Park like Lewis & Clark

The first recorded “outsiders” to visit the Kansas City area were Lewis & Clark on June 26, 1804. They made their encampment at the confluence of the Missouri and Kaw Rivers, at what is now known as Kaw Point. For three days they rested, repaired their boats, and explored the countryside. They had been sent by President Jefferson, along with a crew of 51 men, to trace the Missouri River to its source. The hope was to find a route to the Pacific Ocean.Continue reading

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Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

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