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.

Escape The City To Weston, Missouri

Travel is an opportunity to escape the city we live in and to see new destinations with fresh eyes. 2020 has certainly presented an array of challenges to traveling, but not complete barriers. We are learning ways to enjoy the adventures we have grown to love while keeping ourselves and others safe. This is important for all travelers to remember, as it is our duty to be wise ambassadors wherever we may roam. With so much uncertainty swirling around, we have rethought our approach to travel for the immediate future. Our focus will be on less densely populated regions. This will offer all [...]

By |2020-07-21T18:13:25-06:00July 10th, 2020|Guides, Kansas City Vicinity, Weston|10 Comments

Sandwiches, Shakes, And Shade – Catalpa Restaurant

Who else looks forward to sampling the flavors of a new destination? For us, one of the best parts of travel is the new tastes we encounter. As foodies, each dish holds unique possibilities no matter how many versions we have savored. A day trip to Arrow Rock, Missouri offered a chance to enjoy a midday meal at Catalpa Restaurant. Even the partial lockdown due to the corona-virus couldn't stop our chance to take in some sandwiches, shakes, and shade. Cozy Comfort While this village has a couple of dining options, we discovered that J. Huston tavern was closed due to a recent [...]

By |2020-06-24T04:16:54-06:00July 7th, 2020|Arrow Rock, Midwest, Missouri|3 Comments

Back To Nature – Weston Bend State Park

It appears that the key phrase for 2020 will be "social distancing". While it certainly poses some new hurdles for travel bloggers, it also challenges us to find some new ways to explore our world. This travel season will be filled with some places that allow us to get back to nature. On a recent trip to Weston, Missouri we included a stop at Weston Bend State Park. Located along the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River, this natural sanctuary is the perfect destination for some tranquil solitude. Famous Navigators In earlier times, the native tribes were drawn to the region for its rich [...]

By |2020-07-06T05:34:15-06:00July 3rd, 2020|Kansas City Vicinity, Weston|12 Comments

Stopping The Spread – Sappington Museum

It has been said that history tends to repeat itself. During a visit to Arrow Rock, Missouri, we stumbled upon a small museum dedicated to the life of Dr. John Sappington. His name was unfamiliar to us, but as we explored the space, we soon realized the important role he played in history. This little known pioneer doctor would be key in stopping the spread of malaria across the new western frontier. Our visit took place during the midst of the Covid pandemic, which finds us hoping that another great mind will unlock the key to stopping the spread of this current plague. [...]

By |2020-06-24T04:23:33-06:00June 30th, 2020|Arrow Rock, Midwest, Missouri|0 Comments

Take It Outside – Avalon Cafe

With the lockdown restrictions beginning to ease, we decided to experience our first dine-in lunch at Avalon Cafe. As we explored Weston's downtown, we spotted the huge outdoor deck floating above the landscape. With our lunchtime hunger tugging at us, it was decided to dine at a place where we could take it outside. This upscale eatery seemed to be the perfect solution, as it combined delectable dishes and amazing views in one stop. Empty Spaces As we stepped through the doorway, we were greeted by the hostess. She informed us that they were offering dining inside or out on the patio. Looking [...]

By |2020-07-21T18:13:10-06:00June 26th, 2020|Kansas City Vicinity, Weston|0 Comments

Life In The Boone’s Lick – Arrow Rock Visitors Center

Traveling the interstate between Kansas City and St. Louis takes you through Boone's Lick Country. If you are like us, you were completely unaware of this. On a sunny Saturday, we decided to make a day trip to Arrow Rock, Missouri to learn more about this area with an unusual name. While this small village is just located inside of the region, it is home to the Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitor Center. We made this our first stop since we wanted to educate ourselves on life in the Boone's Lick. Early Inhabitants It's nice visiting museums that deal with events in [...]

By |2020-06-23T06:21:23-06:00June 23rd, 2020|Arrow Rock, Midwest, Missouri|12 Comments

Tastes Of New Orleans – KC Daiquiri Shop

Living in the landlocked Midwest has its pros and cons. While one of the biggest pluses is the amazing people in every city and town, there are things we miss at times. Traveling around North America has allowed us to sample a variety of cuisines and flavors from all corners of the continent. The tastes of New Orleans have become some of our favorites, but one that is rare in our neck of the woods. When a friend clued us in on a new restaurant in downtown KCMO we just had to try it out. KC Daiquiri Shop is located at 1116 Grand [...]

By |2020-06-16T03:57:59-06:00June 19th, 2020|Cajun, Kansas City, KC Dining|18 Comments

A Stitch In Time – National Silk Art Museum

Visiting Weston offers a mix of new and old. This somewhat sleepy little river town holds its secrets close to the vest. Those who take the initiative to explore will be rewarded with unexpected finds. A good example is the National Silk Art Museum. This local treasure is situated squarely on the main drag and even has the denotation of 'Museum' on the front of the building. Even with that, it still seems to be overlooked by the majority of visitors. We popped in on a bright sunny morning to find out what we would find inside and to learn about this particular [...]

By |2020-07-21T18:12:53-06:00June 12th, 2020|Kansas City Vicinity, Weston|16 Comments

Creative Cantonese – ABC Cafe

With the Stay at Home orders in place, you may have noticed an increased number of Asian restaurants in our blog lately. This has happened for two main reasons. First, we have recently discovered this amazing cuisine, so we are catching up on all of the great options around our hometown. The second reason is that these types of dishes travel well, which is important when you are on a carryout only basis. During a weekly visit from our daughter, we ventured a little farther from home to grab dinner at ABC Cafe, located at 10001 W. 87th Street. Their diverse menu allowed [...]

By |2020-06-05T06:03:42-06:00June 5th, 2020|Asian, Kansas City, KC Dining|12 Comments

Shaking Up The KC BBQ Scene – Q39 Midtown

Some people say we can be slow to adapt to new tastes. The truth is that Kansas City is home to hundreds of restaurants, and there are just two of us. That means we sometimes have to prioritize our visits, which can lead to extended lead times. In a city known for one particular cuisine, we know that it can be best to see how new venues fare over a few years. When Q39 hit the market in 2014, we waited to see if they would be shaking up the KC BBQ scene. Now that they have a few years of customer service [...]

By |2020-05-29T06:07:41-06:00May 29th, 2020|Barbecue, Kansas City, KC Dining|14 Comments
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