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Glore Psychiatric Museum – Facing The Past

There are some subjects that people tend to shy away from during conversation. Mental illness is one that can leave people feeling uncomfortable. During one of our outings, we stopped by the St. Joseph Museum Complex to learn more about the history of treating mental disorders. What we discovered inside reminded us that those struggling with unbalanced minds were often treated harshly. The Glore Psychiatric Museum is housed in part of the actual hospital and it feels like it as we wandered through the exhibits. It is the biggest of the six museums that are housed in the complex. Join us on this [...]

By |2022-06-17T06:40:45-06:00June 17th, 2022|Midwest, Missouri, St. Joseph|0 Comments

Fantastic Finger Foods – Felix Street Gourmet

It seems that every destination holds at least one surprise for us. Our return visit to St. Joseph gave us a chance to not only update some previous articles but also add a new eatery. Since we love focusing on downtown areas, we headed to Seventh and Felix to see what we could find. The area is a blend of commercial businesses, boutique shops, and an assortment of public art. After taking in a few of these features, we were ready to nosh on some fantastic finger foods. Sitting on the corner of Eighth and Felix, we found our destination, Felix Street Gourmet. [...]

By |2022-05-27T05:33:27-06:00May 27th, 2022|Midwest, Missouri, St. Joseph|2 Comments

Pony Express Museum – Riding Into History

In only 19 months, the Pony Express made a lasting impact on American history. Just the mere mention of this unique enterprise stirs images of racing ponies carrying wiry cowboys across the changing landscape. Facing pitfalls and hazards, along the way, many of these young men would etch their names in the history books. We dropped by the Pony Express Museum, in St. Joseph, Missouri, to dive into the stories behind these unlikely champions of mail delivery. We want to thank the Pony Express Museum for hosting our visit. Rest assured all opinions are our own.  Calling Young Riders The California Gold Rush [...]

By |2022-05-09T07:46:35-06:00May 6th, 2022|Midwest, Missouri, St. Joseph|0 Comments

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|Kearney Missouri|12 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|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|Kearney Missouri|0 Comments

Bushwhackers Turned Bank Robbers – A Delicious Story

The Civil War is known for pitting brother against brother. Some parts of the country saw the fighting continue long after the surrender of the south. Missouri had chosen to be a neutral state, which neither seceded nor supported the Union. This did not mean it remained in a state of peace. Far from it, as the atrocities of war were metered out on pro-Union and pro-Confederate groups alike. Some people, like Jesse and Frank James, chose to take up arms and ride with William Quantrill's Raiders, who had sacked Lawrence, Kansas. After the war, these bushwhackers turned bank robbers continued on the [...]

By |2020-09-14T19:39:47-06:00September 11th, 2020|Lexington, Midwest, Missouri|18 Comments

Hemp Bales And Bluffs – Battle Of Lexington, Missouri

Smoke hung heavy around the Oliver Anderson home. Bullet holes pockmarked the brick walls of the house. This early battle of the Civil War had been sparked by the seizure of money by Federal troops. Now they found themselves outnumbered and in short supply of a most important resource.  The battle was entering its third day and victory was in sight for the Confederate troops. Our visit to the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site would lay out the details of this three-day battle in Lexington, Missouri. Here we would learn how hemp bales and bluffs ended up securing a victory for the [...]

By |2021-03-24T14:31:05-06:00September 4th, 2020|Daytrips, Lexington, Midwest, Missouri|10 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|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, Weston|10 Comments
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