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.

Tied To The Road – Karlock’s Kars

The cars we drive say a lot about us, and it is interesting to see how they have changed over the generations. We are sure the early automobile builders never imagined how much cars would change over time. Each new model seems to bring breakthroughs in comfort, style, and luxury. Of course, there are many who yearn for the autos of yesteryear, which brings a bit of nostalgia with them. During a visit to Hannibal, we stopped by Karlock's Kars to get a peek at some classics from days gone by. What we found was more than just a garage filled with automobiles, [...]

By |2020-12-15T07:16:28-06:00December 15th, 2020|Hannibal, Midwest, Missouri|8 Comments

Going On Safari – Topeka Zoo

Spending time with our grandkids has opened up opportunities to visit some fun destinations. Being able to share our love for zoos with them helps us build a stronger bond while learning more about the world we live in. A recent excursion had us going on safari to the Topeka Zoo for a morning filled with exploration. An overcast late summer day was the perfect time for us to observe and interact with other species. We want to thank the Topeka Zoo for hosting our visit. Rest assured all opinions are our own.  How You Doing? The Topeka Zoo is located in the [...]

By |2020-11-27T06:31:48-06:00December 11th, 2020|Kansas, Midwest, Topeka|2 Comments

Triumph Over Oppression – Huck Finn Freedom Center

The mere mention of the town of Hannibal, Missouri evokes images of Mark Twain. It seems his iconic identity goes hand-in-hand with this river town. Most of us have grown up on the literary works of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who penned the books we read in school. The characters he created kept us entertained with their riveting adventures. Many of the people in his books were fashioned from citizens he had known during his youth. One that stands out from the rest is Jim, the African-American slave of Miss Watson, who is a character in the "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". During our Hannibal [...]

By |2020-12-08T04:41:18-06:00December 8th, 2020|Hannibal, Midwest, Missouri|12 Comments

Self-Serve Banking – Brew Bank

How many of us remember that special friend we had when we were growing up? Wouldn't it be great to have the opportunity to meet back up and join forces later in life? This is exactly what happened to a pair of kids who grew up in the middle of the Heartland. After going their own ways in life, these two Topeka boys reunited to bring a new kind of self-serve banking to their hometown. The changing liquor law in Kansas opened an avenue for Ryan Cavanaugh and Dusty Snethen to breathe life into Brew Bank, a concept bar that offers guests a [...]

By |2020-12-04T07:25:05-06:00December 4th, 2020|Kansas, Midwest, Topeka|6 Comments

Take To The Skies – Nicholas Beazley Aviation Museum

The year is 1921 and the world is coming out of World War 1. America was coming out of these troubled times with a renewed vigor. With the prospects of the world looking up, people began looking for new ways to expand their horizons. The war had shown people how aviation was the transportation avenue of the future. As people chose to take to the skies, a need for planes and flying lessons became key. Back home in Marshall, Missouri, a small airplane company was founded. We dropped by the Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum to learn more about this unique venture. Humble Beginnings This [...]

By |2020-12-01T04:39:42-06:00December 1st, 2020|Marshall, Midwest, Missouri|14 Comments

Always The Showman – Evel Knievel Museum

It is fair to say that Evel Knievel is one of the most recognizable names in daredevil history. While there have been many before and after him, he set the bar for showmanship. With over 75 ramp-to-ramp jumps to his fame, he spent the bulk of his life creating the legend that many of us grew up seeing. Always the showman, his days were filled with highs and lows that most of us will never experience. He wrapped up his philosophy on life when he said, "A man can fall many times in life, but he's never a failure until he refuses to [...]

By |2020-11-12T04:54:47-06:00November 27th, 2020|Kansas, Midwest, Topeka|14 Comments

The Wonder Dog Of Marshall

It goes without saying that we love learning about animals. Our world is filled with fascinating creatures that leave us in awe and remind us that we are just one piece of a massive ecological puzzle. Whether it's unusual species or just an unbelievable specimen, there is a ton of education that comes with each story. Many of our trips have landed us in destinations with amazing zoological parks, but we also find satisfaction in other types of animal stories. When we heard that The Wonder Dog of Marshall was just a short drive from Kansas City, you know we had to add [...]

By |2020-11-24T07:19:03-06:00November 24th, 2020|Marshall, Midwest, Missouri|2 Comments

Tequila And Tacos – Drunken Worm

There are a few ways that you could describe the Drunken Worm. This hole-in-the-wall eatery looked to be barely there, from the street. Once we passed through the doorway, we discovered a cozy cantina filled with a variety of tequila and tacos. This Mexican cuisine destination sits at 1405 W. 39th Street and offers upwards of 70 tequila options. Sandwiched between an assortment of neighborhood nightclubs, funky restaurants, and unique boutiques, this place fights for the attention of passersby. Distinctive Decor Inside Drunken Worm, it's a little dark, much like we have found in cantinas in some of the Mexico border towns. After [...]

By |2020-11-20T06:26:29-06:00November 20th, 2020|Kansas City, KC Dining, South of the Border|2 Comments

A Date With History – Hays, Kansas

Picture a vast inland sea teeming with an abundance of prehistoric creatures. Along the edge of the water laid a vast swamp filled with an assortment of dinosaurs. Overhead, Pteranodons floated on the warm air currents, as they scanned the horizon for an easy meal. This is the scene that would have played out in western Kansas, even though it may be hard to imagine these days. Our visit to Hays opened up an opportunity to have a date with history, as we explored the background of this city of the plains.  We want to thank Visit Hays and all of their local partners for [...]

By |2020-11-17T07:49:13-06:00November 17th, 2020|Guides, Hays, Kansas, Midwest|8 Comments

Rolling The Dice – Constitution Hall

When people in the Midwest refer to "Bloody Kansas" or the "Border War", it usually elicits visions of localized skirmishes. A closer look will reveal that this newly formed territory was the "Birthplace of the Civil War". While many history books focus on the battles in the east, it was the introduction of Kansas Territory, in 1854, that would end up tipping the scales toward the end of slavery. Early Kansas legislators were rolling the dice, when they attempted to push through a one-sided constitution, prior to statehood. We traveled to Constitution Hall, in Lecompton, to learn more about this unique period in [...]

By |2020-11-04T05:05:58-06:00November 13th, 2020|Kansas City Vicinity, LeCompton|16 Comments
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