Jeff & Crystal

About Jeff & Crystal

We are Jeff and Crystal, a Baby Boomer couple who love exploring this big blue marble we all call home. After spending the first portion of our lives together raising a family, the empty-nest syndrome finally caught up with us. This has given us the opportunity to spend more time traveling, and seeking out new destinations. We developed this travel blog with the goal of showing how we “Visit Like A Local”. Our itineraries are designed to get us off the interstates, and into the heart of the places we visit. We believe this will allow our readers to choose a cultural experience, and eventually head home with a real flavor of the places they visit. We hope you are enjoying our website and will consider sharing it with your friends. Please come back often, as we post new articles three times per week.

Breakfast Inspiration – Good Evans

It has often been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We know this to be true, as it is fuel for a successful day of exploring. Those quiet moments spent planning our upcoming adventures are some of our favorites. Besides, having the opportunity to sample a variety of restaurants gives us breakfast inspiration that we can translate to our table at home. After all, isn't that one of the best take-aways from dining out? In Kearney, Nebraska we stopped at Good Evans for some go-go juice and morning sustenance. Breakfast Inspiration What started as a 2019 concept in [...]

By |2020-10-23T06:19:06-06:00October 23rd, 2020|Kearney, Midwest, Nebraska|2 Comments

The Early Days Of Hays – Ellis County Historical Museum

When we visit a new destination, one of our goals is to learn about its unique past. Every city and town has its own stories to tell, it just requires finding the right storyteller. To learn about the early days of hays, we tapped into the knowledge of Katie Annett, from the Ellis County Historical Society Museum. Unfortunately, due to COVID, the museum was closed to the public, but Katie was more than happy to walk us through the other buildings. We want to thank Visit Hays and Katie Annett for hosting our visit. Rest assured all opinions are our own. The Early [...]

By |2020-10-20T06:09:41-06:00October 20th, 2020|Hays, Kansas, Midwest|0 Comments

Westward Bound – The Archway

"Go West, young man, go west." was a cry to push America's westward expansion. When Horace Greeley first said these words, in 1865, he saw the potential of the fertile lands beyond the Mississippi River. As emigrants began their westward bound travels, new "roads" would spring up that led toward the setting sun. We love learning about the modes of transportation that pioneers and settlers used to traverse the continent. A visit to the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument provided some keen insight into one of the most popular routes. We want to thank The Archway for hosting our visit. Rest assured [...]

By |2020-10-16T06:30:37-06:00October 16th, 2020|Kearney, Midwest, Nebraska|10 Comments

Family Friendly Feasting – Pheasant Run Pancake House

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, especially when traveling. It sets the tone for the entire day and provides the start needed to fuel a morning of exploration. While many newer restaurants are focusing on Instagram worthy plates, there is still much to be said for good old-fashioned breakfasts. On an unexpectedly cool September morning, we stopped by Pheasant Run Pancake House for some family-friendly feasting.  We want to thank Visit Hays and Pheasant Run for hosting our visit. Rest assured all opinions are our own.  Family is Key Have you ever visited a restaurant that made you [...]

By |2020-10-06T05:51:30-06:00October 13th, 2020|Hays, Kansas, Midwest|4 Comments

Brown & Loe – A Happy Hour Story

Like many of you, we enjoy a visit to our local city market. In fact, the historic City Market in Kansas City has been a staple of the downtown since 1857. The vibrant neighborhood that surrounds the market is filled with unique shops and restaurants. Going in search of a fun evening out, we planned ourselves a Happy Hour story that included a stop at Brown & Loe. This upscale eatery, located at 429 Walnut, looked like the perfect site to eat, drink, and escape from the madness of the work week. Soaking in the Sunshine We have spent many weekend mornings perusing [...]

By |2020-10-09T06:23:18-06:00October 9th, 2020|American, Kansas City, KC Dining|0 Comments

Life In Dinosaur Days – Sternberg Museum

It may be hard to believe, but millions of years ago Kansas was part of a huge inland sea. Traveling across the western half of the state, it is not an ocean that comes to mind. It takes excursions off of the interstate to expose the true history of the region. We made a visit to the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, in Hays, to get a look at life in dinosaur days. Time to break out our explorer gear and do a deep dive into our state's watery side of history. We want to thank Visit Hays and the Sternberg Museum for [...]

By |2020-10-06T06:07:39-06:00October 6th, 2020|Hays, Kansas, Midwest|12 Comments

Prairie Life In 1890 – Stuhr Museum

Do you ever wonder what it was like to live the prairie life in 1890? We dropped by the Stuhr Museum to get a firsthand look at this huge living history site. Located in Grand Island, this Nebraska museum whisks visitors back to a simpler time. This extensive complex is made up of a series of sites that can be reached on foot or by vehicle. While our schedule was limited, as usual, we had set aside four hours to explore as much as possible. From looking at the map of the grounds, we knew it would be a challenge. We want to [...]

By |2020-10-02T06:51:03-06:00October 2nd, 2020|Grand Island, Midwest, Nebraska|4 Comments

Local Love – Tiger Burgers

Like most college cities, the mascot can penetrate almost every aspect of life. As we rolled into Hays, Kansas, we expected to see the gratuitous display of Tiger memorabilia. After all, the Fort Hays State University has used the tiger mascot since 1914. We always welcome this deep-seated local love and embrace the pride that each community has in its history. Discovering a restaurant that was founded by two local investors was just an added bonus. Since the lunch hour had passed us by, we knew a good meal was needed to rescue us from our ravenous hungers. Time to check out Tiger [...]

By |2020-09-29T06:09:01-06:00September 29th, 2020|Hays, Kansas, Midwest|0 Comments

The Chalk Pyramids – Monument Rocks National Landmark

You have probably heard people refer to Kansas as "flat as a pancake". To many along the coasts, our fly-over state is bereft of any tourism value. Fortunately, we know better. Scattered across our home state is a slew of unique oddities and interesting stories. The drive along I-70 opens up a lot of possibilities for short sidetracks and excursions. Sitting about an hour from the Colorado border, travelers can visit the first site chosen as a National Natural Landmark. The Chalk Pyramids, known as Monument Rocks, rise nearly seven stories above the Kansas prairie and inspire visitors with their natural beauty. First [...]

By |2020-09-16T18:26:37-06:00September 25th, 2020|Kansas, Midwest, Oakley|12 Comments

Starting Our Engines At Thunder Road Grill

The end of a long drive should have some kind of reward. After hot-tailing it from Kansas City to Grand Island, Nebraska, we were famished. Before we could even think about touring the local sights, we needed something to get us revved up. Right as we were rolling into town we spotted Thunder Road Grill. Situated just off the main drag, it looked like a good option for starting our engines. After refueling the car, it was time for us to get a little octane boost. Welcome to Grand Island Grand Island lies along the I-80 path, as it crosses Nebraska. This city [...]

By |2020-09-23T03:44:34-06:00September 22nd, 2020|Grand Island, Midwest, Nebraska|0 Comments
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