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.

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

Fall In Love With Marysville, Kansas

If you Google Marysville, Kansas you will find that it is listed as a city in Marshall County with about 3300 residents. While these statistics seem commonplace, they do little to tell the city's story. To truly understand the dynamics of this historic town you have to experience it firsthand. Our short jaunt from Kansas City started early so that we would be able to make the most of our time. With only a day and a half to explore, we knew we would be busy. By the end of the second day, we found it easy to fall in love with the [...]

By |2020-09-18T06:35:36-06:00September 18th, 2020|Guides, Kansas, Marysville, Midwest|0 Comments

A Man Of Many Names – Who Was Mark Twain?

Who was Samuel Langhorne Clemens? It has been noted that he was one of the greatest American humorists. Of course, there are many who upon hearing that name, are left with a puzzled gaze. When the name Mark Twain is mentioned, then they immediately picture the white suit and gray haired author. Still others, who have done a deeper dive into the writer's work, see the tie between this Missouri native and the character of Tom Sawyer. Clearly, Clemens was a man of many names. We want to thank the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum for hosting our visit. Rest assured all [...]

By |2020-09-15T06:26:12-06:00September 15th, 2020|Hannibal, Midwest, Missouri|10 Comments

Bushwhackers Turned Bank Robbers – A Delicious Story

The Civil War is known for pitting brother against brother. Some parts of the country saw the fighting continue long after the surrender of the south. Missouri had chosen to be a neutral state, which neither seceded nor supported the Union. This did not mean it remained in a state of peace. Far from it, as the atrocities of war were metered out on pro-Union and pro-Confederate groups alike. Some people, like Jesse and Frank James, chose to take up arms and ride with William Quantrill's Raiders, who had sacked Lawrence, Kansas. After the war, these bushwhackers turned bank robbers continued on the [...]

By |2020-09-14T19:39:47-06:00September 11th, 2020|Lexington, Midwest, Missouri|16 Comments

Feeling At Home In Marysville – Trailhead Suites

Our style of travel can certainly make a body weary. Since many of our trips are designed to gather as much research as possible, we can find ourselves worn out by the end of each day. Fortunately, there is always a place nearby to lay our heads. In Marysville, Kansas we had planned an action-packed day of exploring. Working with Visit Marysville, we had secured a stay at the Trailhead Suites. Our itinerary had us busy until after sundown, but we just had to slip off and check this place out before dinner. Once we passed through the threshold, we found ourselves feeling [...]

By |2020-08-28T04:18:43-06:00September 8th, 2020|Kansas, Marysville, Midwest|0 Comments

Hemp Bales And Bluffs – Battle Of Lexington, Missouri

Smoke hung heavy around the Oliver Anderson home. Bullet holes pockmarked the brick walls of the house. This early battle of the Civil War had been sparked by the seizure of money by Federal troops. Now they found themselves outnumbered and in short supply of a most important resource.  The battle was entering its third day and victory was in sight for the Confederate troops. Our visit to the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site would lay out the details of this three-day battle in Lexington, Missouri. Here we would learn how hemp bales and bluffs ended up securing a victory for the [...]

By |2020-09-04T05:59:39-06:00September 4th, 2020|Lexington, Midwest, Missouri|10 Comments

Pony Express Barn Museum – Rest For The Weary

With a trail of dust in their wake, Pony Express riders sped across the prairie on their journey toward California. After leaving St. Joseph, they would find a fresh horse waiting for them about every ten miles. A quick stop allowed them to trade mounts and in a flash, they were back on the route. They would repeat this process eight more times, at other stations, until they arrived at a Pony Express Barn. Wanting to get a better understanding of this unique mail delivery service, we made a stop at the Pony Express Barn Museum, in Marysville, Kansas. *Please note that due [...]

By |2020-09-01T06:19:19-06:00September 1st, 2020|Kansas, Marysville, Midwest|2 Comments

Cupini’s – Friends, Family, and Food

To be successful in the restaurant business requires a high level of commitment. It helps when you have your priorities clearly determined. Franco Cupini is a man who is dedicated to friends, family, and food. His love for the restaurant business shines through when you see him working at his Westport eatery, Cupini's. Franco was born in Rome, Italy where he developed his love for marinara sauce. After a successful career working for the president of Italy, he migrated to the United States. That move would eventually lead him to Kansas City and allow him to share his passion with all of us. [...]

By |2020-08-28T06:33:10-06:00August 28th, 2020|Italian, Kansas City, KC Dining|1 Comment

Koester House Museum – Capturing A Moment In Time

Imagine life 100 years after the United States had won its independence. The year is 1876 and things are changing rapidly in America. Alexander Graham Bell has just invented the telephone. Heinz Ketchup and Budweiser beer make their debut. Here in Kansas, Wyatt Earp is hired to work in Dodge City. The Pony Express had not yet begun its operation. Far to the north, work is completed on the Charles Koester House, in Marysville. Capturing a moment in time is usually done with a camera, but sometimes fortune shines on all of us. Our visit to the Koester House Museum would offer us [...]

By |2020-08-25T06:29:30-06:00August 25th, 2020|Kansas, Marysville, Midwest|18 Comments

Funny Names And Flavorful Food – The Shack

What draws you to a new restaurant? Over the past three years we have written articles for around 50 restaurants in the Kansas City metro. When you add in all of the other cities that number jumps to nearly 200 articles. Prior to starting this website, I hosted a restaurant blog that featured many more. I guess the point I'm trying to make is that we have dined at a lot of restaurants. These days many of the places we showcase are recommended by our readers. Periodically, I will happen upon a place that has a ton of intrigue and we just have [...]

By |2020-08-24T05:57:50-06:00August 21st, 2020|Breakfast, Kansas City, KC Dining|0 Comments
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