Midwest

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

The Wonder Dog Of Marshall

It goes without saying that we love learning about animals. Our world is filled with fascinating creatures that leave us in awe and remind us that we are just one piece of a massive ecological puzzle. Whether it's unusual species or just an unbelievable specimen, there is a ton of education that comes with each story. Many of our trips have landed us in destinations with amazing zoological parks, but we also find satisfaction in other types of animal stories. When we heard that The Wonder Dog of Marshall was just a short drive from Kansas City, you know we had to add [...]

By |2020-11-24T07:19:03-06:00November 24th, 2020|Marshall, Midwest, Missouri|2 Comments

A Date With History – Hays, Kansas

Picture a vast inland sea teeming with an abundance of prehistoric creatures. Along the edge of the water laid a vast swamp filled with an assortment of dinosaurs. Overhead, Pteranodons floated on the warm air currents, as they scanned the horizon for an easy meal. This is the scene that would have played out in western Kansas, even though it may be hard to imagine these days. Our visit to Hays opened up an opportunity to have a date with history, as we explored the background of this city of the plains.  We want to thank Visit Hays and all of their local partners for [...]

By |2020-11-17T07:49:13-06:00November 17th, 2020|Guides, Hays, Kansas, Midwest|8 Comments

50 Years And Counting – Taco Shop

It was an unexpectedly cold and wet day in the middle of Kansas. We arrived at Taco Shop for an early lunch with our new friend Janet Kuhn. Our visit to Hays was winding down to the last few hours, so this would be our last get together. It was fitting that our last meal was in this long-running eatery. What had started out 50 years ago has grown into a local haunt that draws in crowds from all around. Now it was our turn to sample the menu. We want to thank Hays CVB and Taco Shop for hosting our visit. Rest assured all opinions are [...]

By |2020-11-10T07:00:57-06:00November 10th, 2020|Hays, Kansas, Midwest|2 Comments

Taming The Plains – Fort Hays

The year is 1865 and the Civil War has just ended. While westward expansion had significantly slowed during the war, it did not take long for it to resume. As settlers pushed for new territories to be opened, it would spark a resurgence of the American Indian War. Out on the westerns front, in Kansas, soldiers were tasked with taming the plains for the influx of new arrivals. Our visit to Fort Hays State Historic Site offered a glimpse at life in this outpost during those tumultuous times.  We want to thank Visit Hays and Kansas Historical Society for hosting our visit. Rest assured all opinions are [...]

By |2020-11-03T07:14:11-06:00November 3rd, 2020|Hays, Kansas, Midwest|10 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

Eat, Drink, and Enjoy – Gella’s Diner

We love finding cities that have recaptured the magic of their downtown corridor. For decades this nation has seen the urban flight, which has left the inner cores of our cities empty. With all of the existing infrastructure still in place, these areas are ripe for redevelopment, like what we found in Hays, Kansas. During our first day of exploring, we had an opportunity to sit down to dinner with Janet Kuhn, one of our friends from the local tourism bureau. It was a great time to eat, drink, and enjoy at Gella's Diner and Lb. Brewing Co. We want to thank Hays [...]

By |2020-10-27T06:17:14-06:00October 27th, 2020|Hays, Kansas, Midwest|2 Comments

Breakfast Inspiration – Good Evans

It has often been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We know this to be true, as it is fuel for a successful day of exploring. Those quiet moments spent planning our upcoming adventures are some of our favorites. Besides, having the opportunity to sample a variety of restaurants gives us breakfast inspiration that we can translate to our table at home. After all, isn't that one of the best take-aways from dining out? In Kearney, Nebraska we stopped at Good Evans for some go-go juice and morning sustenance. Breakfast Inspiration What started as a 2019 concept in [...]

By |2020-10-23T06:19:06-06:00October 23rd, 2020|Kearney, Midwest, Nebraska|12 Comments

The Early Days Of Hays – Ellis County Historical Museum

When we visit a new destination, one of our goals is to learn about its unique past. Every city and town has its own stories to tell, it just requires finding the right storyteller. To learn about the early days of hays, we tapped into the knowledge of Katie Annett, from the Ellis County Historical Society Museum. Unfortunately, due to COVID, the museum was closed to the public, but Katie was more than happy to walk us through the other buildings. We want to thank Visit Hays and Katie Annett for hosting our visit. Rest assured all opinions are our own. The Early [...]

By |2020-10-20T06:09:41-06:00October 20th, 2020|Hays, Kansas, Midwest|0 Comments

Westward Bound – The Archway

"Go West, young man, go west." was a cry to push America's westward expansion. When Horace Greeley first said these words, in 1865, he saw the potential of the fertile lands beyond the Mississippi River. As emigrants began their westward bound travels, new "roads" would spring up that led toward the setting sun. We love learning about the modes of transportation that pioneers and settlers used to traverse the continent. A visit to the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument provided some keen insight into one of the most popular routes. We want to thank The Archway for hosting our visit. Rest assured [...]

By |2020-10-16T06:30:37-06:00October 16th, 2020|Kearney, Midwest, Nebraska|10 Comments
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