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Mudhole BBQ Making Its Mark

What would Kansas City be without its myriad of barbecue joints? Well, we know it would still be a great city, but we would certainly miss this food staple. After all, Kansas City barbecue is more than just another cuisine choice. Here in the heartland, we still see new versions of this ages old cooking style pop up on the landscape.  A visit to the Gladstone area showed us that barbecue is alive and well in the Northland. We found Mudhole BBQ making its mark on the barbecue scene with some unique eats. We want to thank Mudhole BBQ for [...]

By |March 22nd, 2019|Decent Dining - $$, Kansas City, KC Dining|4 Comments

Museum of the Cherokee Indian – A Smoky Mountain Side Trip

A visit to the Smoky Mountains offers travelers so many options. While it is easy to get caught up with shopping, hiking, and climbing, don't forget to save time to learn about the people of the Appalachians. Who would be more native than the first residents to the region. A visit to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian offers visitors a chance to better understand the story behind this proud people.  We want to thank the Museum of the Cherokee Indian for their hospitality. Rest assured all opinions are our own. Paleo Period Thousands of years before the European explorers [...]

By |March 20th, 2019|Cherokee, Eastern US, North Carolina|8 Comments

Greatest Free Show On Earth – New Orleans Mardi Gras

There are a variety of destinations that celebrate Carnival every year. Each has its own flavor, but New Orleans is the location that comes to mind when you hear the term Mardi Gras. Made up of about 16 days of parades and parties, this annual event has been referred to as the "Greatest Free Show on Earth". While there is no need for tickets, one should be prepared to fight the crowds for the attention of the Krewe members on the floats. We want to thank the Louisiana State Museum for their hospitality. Rest assured all opinions are our own. [...]

By |March 18th, 2019|Central US, Louisiana, New Orleans|0 Comments

Stumbling Upon Smitty’s Garage

We enjoy happening upon a new eatery, especially when it is found in conjunction with another visit. This was the case when we were stumbling upon Smitty's Garage at 8811 State Line, in Kansas City, Missouri. Located in a new development, it joins a handful of other eateries that are new to the city. These new dining options are part of regional chains, which are making their first foray into KC. Stumbling Upon Smitty's Garage The reason for our discovery of Smitty's Garage stemmed from our search for the new Kansas City location of Hurts Donut. We first sampled their [...]

By |March 15th, 2019|Decent Dining - $$, Kansas City, KC Dining|0 Comments

No Way Jose’s Cantina – A Cure For A Gloomy Day

Vacationing in Gatlinburg, Tennessee means plenty of dining options. We wanted to sample a mix of cuisines, since variety is the spice of life. No Way Jose's Cantina was our choice for Mexican cuisine, and its location was a perfect fit for our day. With a visit to Ripley's Aquarium next on our itinerary, we needed to fuel up for a few hours of exploration. (You can read about the aquarium here.) Coloring a Gloomy Day No Way Jose's Cantina is a regional chain with three locations. They opened the first restaurant in 1997, and have been a staple for [...]

By |March 13th, 2019|Eastern US, Gatlinburg, Tennessee|2 Comments

The Resilience Of New Orleans – The Presbytere Museum

There are moments in time that capture the attention of an entire nation, and even the world. When Hurricane Katrina assaulted the gulf coast, many of us were glued to the news as the tragedy unfolded. The devastation it brought was unimaginable, as the Crescent City took a share of the storm's wrath. A visit to The Presbytère Museum tells the story of this event. What It also details is the resilience of New Orleans and its people. We would like to thank the Louisiana State Museum for their hospitality. Rest assured all opinions are our own.  A Storm is [...]

By |March 11th, 2019|Central US, Louisiana, New Orleans|14 Comments

4 Fun Stops In Leavenworth, Kansas

Winter is one of our least favorite seasons. Sure the snow looks beautiful when it is newly fallen, but even that can become tedious with time. There comes a point that we just need to get out of town, even if only for the day. Fortunately, we have lots of great destinations nearby. A short jaunt would supply us with 4 fun stops in Leavenworth, Kansas. Lets see what we found on a cold winter day. We want to thank the local businesses for their hospitality. Rest assured that all opinions are our own. Picking 4 Fun Stops For us, [...]

By |March 8th, 2019|Central US, Kansas City Vicinity, Leavenworth|0 Comments

6 Reasons To Visit Ripley’s Aquarium Of The Smokies

When we were planning our Gatlinburg, Tennessee visit there were a few stops that had to be included on our itinerary. Reviewing their website, we easily saw 6 reasons to visit Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.  We decided to block off at least 2 hours for a visit, and we knew that our love for nature would probably require even longer. With our eyes open for discovery, it seemed that every species we examined was keeping their eyes on us, as well. We want to thank Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies for their hospitality. Rest assured all opinions are our [...]

By |March 6th, 2019|Eastern US, Gatlinburg, Tennessee|2 Comments

5 Blocks Of Fun At The New Orleans French Market

It's hard to imagine that a market place has existed in New Orleans since 15 years after America claimed its independence. Ever since 1791, some form of market has resided just off the banks of the Mississippi River. It seems that almost every few decades would bring some type of change, but one thing stayed the same. People from all walks of life would visit the market to purchase or trade goods. These days you will find 5 blocks of fun in the New Orleans French Market. Escaping A Storm Our arrival was made by using the streetcar, which runs [...]

By |March 4th, 2019|Central US, Louisiana, New Orleans|16 Comments

Taking a Spin at C. W. Parker Carousel Museum

Getting the opportunity to visit a place like the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum is like returning to the wonder years of our youth. There is something magical about taking a spin on a merry-go-round. For many of us, it was our first amusement ride, and one that is not discriminatory of age. The bright lights, beautiful colors, and upbeat music make the appeal infectious. How many of you watch with anticipation, as you try to decide which seat will be perfect for your ride? We want to thank the C. W. Parker Carousel Museum for their hospitality. Rest assured all [...]

By |March 1st, 2019|Central US, Kansas City Vicinity, Leavenworth|4 Comments


We are Jeff and Crystal, a Baby Boomer couple who love exploring this big blue marble we all call home. After spending the first portion of our lives together raising a family, the empty-nest syndrome finally caught up with us. This has given us the opportunity to spend more time traveling, and seeking out new destinations. We developed this travel blog with the goal of showing how we “Visit Like A Local”.

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