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

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

Dreaming Of Spring At Ward-Meade Botanical Gardens

With winter's grip firmly on the Midwest, we thought it would be a nice time for a more temperate article. We happened to have overlooked this visit to the Ward Meade Botanical Garden in Topeka, Kansas. It was during a visit to Old Prairie Town that we stumbled upon this 2.5 acre park, which offers a calm oasis in the heart of the city. (Read about Old Prairie Town here>) Hidden Gem Old Prairie Town had been our main focus of the morning, and after exploring it all, we discovered an old mansion just beyond the town. We decided to check it out, [...]

By |2022-10-13T10:47:51-06:00January 15th, 2018|Destinations, Kansas, Midwest, Topeka|0 Comments

Exploring Old Prairie Town in Topeka Kansas

When we planned our latest Topeka visit, our first stop was at Old Prairie Town. This historic site is located on the original path of the Oregon Trail. The morning drive from Kansas City was wet with thunderstorms, but by the time we arrived they had passed by. Wet Start After a small argument with Siri and Google Maps, we finally arrived. The parking lot of Old Prairie Town is ample, especially when it is empty. The grand-kids were with us, so after the extended drive they were ready to stretch their legs. As we entered the park, we noted the old one-room schoolhouse< [...]

By |2022-10-13T12:00:06-06:00September 18th, 2017|Destinations, Kansas, Midwest, Topeka|0 Comments

Tons Of Fun At Kansas Children’s Discovery Center

The Kansas Children's Discovery Center ended up being a lot more than what we expected. This day-trip included our grandkids, so we had filled the itinerary with places we felt would be kid friendly. Our morning had been historic, and lunch was a visit to a local hangout. Now we had arrived at the place we hoped would offer a little interactive fun, with an educational edge. Real Life Skills The Children's Discovery Center is a premier interactive museum. The first area the kids found was the Careers section. Here they could pretend to run a lemonade stand, which was quite popular with our [...]

By |2022-10-13T12:27:03-06:00September 1st, 2017|Destinations, Kansas, Midwest, Topeka|0 Comments

Dining Old School At Bobo’s Drive-In

You may wonder how we ended up dining at Bobo's Drive In during a recent day trip to Topeka, Kansas. We had planned to take our grand-kids, as there were some kid friendly attractions we wanted to research. To pick the right dining establishment, I reached out to our followers for suggestions. Before long, we had a good list of places that sounded like fun spots for a casual meal. The overwhelming pick seemed to be this old school burger joint, so it was now all but a done deal. Vintage Diner For those that followed our day on Instagram, you had the [...]

By |2022-10-13T12:29:03-06:00August 25th, 2017|Destinations, Kansas, Midwest, Topeka|0 Comments

Topeka’s 10th Street – A Day Trip to Capitol City

One of our favorite day trip destinations from Kansas City, Kansas is the capital of our state, Topeka. The population is about the same as our hometown, and it offers some nice attractions less than an hour away. Many times our visits have a simple itinerary located along Topeka's 10th Street, which includes a couple of attractions, and lunch at a restaurant nearby. Let us show you how to enjoy A Day Trip to Capitol City,  without spending a ton of money. A quick dash out Interstate 70 will land you in Topeka (Be aware that this is a toll road). As you [...]

By |2022-10-17T13:53:48-06:00February 27th, 2017|Daytrips, Destinations, Guides, Kansas, Midwest, Topeka|0 Comments
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