A Sizeable Footprint – Watkins Mill

Can you imagine life in the early 1800s? With the need to furnish a vast array of your everyday goods, a homestead would need a sizeable footprint. When Waltus Watkins (say that three times fast) brought his bride to live in Liberty, Missouri, he set himself on a path that would change their lives. Watkins, who had trained as a weaver and machinist, was already a successful businessman in the area. His desire to be near the frontier had brought him to western Missouri where he had built a wool carding mill. With his family growing, it was time to think bigger. Watkins [...]

By |2021-04-21T03:44:40-06:00April 23rd, 2021|Kansas City Vicinity, Kearney Missouri|8 Comments

Kearney Coffee Break – Paisley Perk

We are so hopeful that 2021 will see a return of travel that we decided to start our season with some day trips. It's fun planning and executing a one-day run that lands us in new territory. Kansas City is the perfect home base for a multitude of day trip options. An hour north of the city and we found ourselves in Kearney, Missouri. With a little time before our first official stop, we decided that some sustenance would be wise. Driving into the downtown, we spotted Paisley Perk, which would supply us a much-needed Kearney coffee break. In Short Order We loved [...]

By |2021-04-16T12:08:01-06:00April 16th, 2021|Kansas City Vicinity, Kearney Missouri|2 Comments

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 |2021-04-16T12:07:36-06:00April 9th, 2021|Kansas City Vicinity, Kearney Missouri|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
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