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The Pennant – Where Fun And Food Collide

These days there are lots of restaurants vying for your attention. Wherever we roam, we have noticed that more eateries are finding unique ways to draw in a crowd. The Pennant, in downtown Topeka, has discovered a pleasing mix where food and fun collide. Our day of exploring was chugging along, but our need to refuel was obvious from the growing feelings of hunger. There are plenty of options, around downtown, to satisfy any urge. After hearing about a special treat being offered by The Pennant, we knew it was the right choice for this particular excursion. Catching Our Attention On a previous [...]

By |2022-05-10T04:17:11-06:00May 20th, 2022|Kansas, Midwest, Topeka|0 Comments

Leveling The Field – Brown Vs Board Of Education

American history is filled with events large and small, but some created a reverberation felt throughout the country. While the Civil War had legally brought an end to slavery, it did not prohibit the inequality of segregation. Black people were told they were free, but real life didn't represent this change. Jim Crow laws had created barriers that precluded black Americans from enjoying the same opportunities as whites, especially in the southern half of the country. Leveling the field would require a fight that led to the Supreme Court. Brown v. Board Museum We've visited Topeka many times, but have somehow missed the [...]

By |2022-04-15T06:09:00-06:00April 15th, 2022|Kansas, Midwest, Topeka|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 |2021-09-09T14:13:53-06:00March 30th, 2021|Atchison, Daytrips, Guides|10 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|20 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 |2021-03-24T14:27:24-06:00December 11th, 2020|Daytrips, Kansas, Midwest, Topeka|2 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

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

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|LeCompton|18 Comments

Familiar Phrases – Oz Museum

It is no surprise that the pieces and parts of The Wizard of Oz have saturated our daily lives. Based on the children's novel, written by L. Frank Baum, it has been declared as "America's greatest and best-loved homegrown fairytale". How many times have each of us uttered one of the familiar phrases that are associated with this classic? For those looking to really immerse themselves in the story, we suggest a stop at the Oz Museum in Wamego, Kansas. Being from the great state of Kansas, we dropped by to check out this attraction for ourselves. We discovered a cast of characters [...]

By |2020-10-30T06:07:52-06:00October 30th, 2020|Kansas, Midwest, Wamego|12 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
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