Step Into History – Jesse James Farm

When you step into history, it can lead to just as many questions as it does answers. During a recent discussion, we pondered why people are so fascinated with the notorious desperados who grab the headlines. From gangsters to bandits, there is something fascinating about their stories. A trip to the outskirts of Kearney, Missouri landed us at The Jesse James Birthplace and Museum. Nestled in the rolling hills of northwest Missouri, this tranquil spot was home to one of the most notorious bandits in America. We've all heard of the escapades of this outlaw, but we were interested in what turned him [...]

By |2021-04-05T03:53:50-06:00April 9th, 2021|Kansas City Vicinity|0 Comments

How To Sample Atchison, Kansas In One Day

It's easy to find the statistics for just about any city or town, but they will not tell the whole story. To get a true taste of any destination requires experiencing it firsthand. Over the years, we have discovered a formula that helps us make the most of our time. This has been used for large and small destinations and we always leave with a sense of accomplishment. A recent itinerary we created was designed to show you how to sample Atchison, Kansas in one day. This city of 11,000 people has some unique flavors that make for a great day trip. Meet [...]

By |2021-03-30T06:20:43-06:00March 30th, 2021|Atchison, Daytrips, Kansas City Vicinity|10 Comments

Rising To The Challenge – Atchison History

The city of Atchison, Kansas has a long history of rising to the challenge. Squatting along the banks of the Missouri River, the town was founded just a decade before the start of the Civil War. This Midwestern city of around 11,000 has seen its own struggles. Their delay in constructing a bridge to span the Missouri River would give nearby cities a leg up in the future. While Atchison would be destined to lose much of its manufacturing power, this city on the bluffs would find its niche in today's world. Atchison History We took a short excursion from our hometown to [...]

By |2021-03-24T05:48:20-06:00March 23rd, 2021|Kansas City Vicinity|0 Comments

The Search For Amelia

On a high bluff overlooking the Missouri River, Amelia Earhart came into the world. While the small town she grew up in may seem quiet, the urge for adventure stirred deep in her heart. The two-story cottage stands as a reminder of the amazing flying feats performed by this aviation pioneer. The world knows her for the many aviation records she set, but there was so much more to this girl from Atchison, Kansas. We embarked on our own search for Amelia with a visit to the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum. Humble Home From our home in Kansas City, it is only about [...]

By |2021-03-16T06:17:23-06:00March 16th, 2021|Atchison, Kansas City Vicinity|12 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

Parkville Nature Sanctuary – A Walk On The Wild Side

Looking for an escape from the city without having to leave the city? Some of our friends have been giving us suggestions on places to visit. When a few told us details about the Parkville Nature Sanctuary, it seemed like the perfect place to take a walk on the wild side. These days long distance travel requires an unprecedented amount of preparation. That seems to be good enough reason to find activities and destinations closer to home. Seeing that we have done a lot of exploring in Parkville, we had to wonder why we hadn't visited this site sooner. Parkville Nature Sanctuary We [...]

By |2020-08-07T07:11:10-06:00August 7th, 2020|Kansas City Vicinity, KC Fun, Out & About, Parkville|0 Comments

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 |2021-03-24T14:32:15-06:00July 10th, 2020|Daytrips, Guides, Kansas City Vicinity, Weston|10 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

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

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
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