Saturday, November 11, 2017

Kansas City: Dad's Favorites

Editor's Note: This post doesn't count, for at least three reasons:

1. Magen and I visited Kansas City before we were married, both separately and together, so KC is not one of the towns we need to visit for this project.

2. Many of the places pictured here are actually in Missouri, not Kansas.

3. We didn't bring Magen with us on this trip. 

With all that said, I thought I'd go ahead and post some pictures from this trip anyway. 

On Veteran's Day, 2017, I decided to get the kids out of Mom's hair by taking them to some of my favorite spots in Kansas City. We packed lunches, bundled up in jackets, and took off.

We ate lunch in the car parked outside the Liberty Memorial, one of my very favorite museums. They normally have some sort of discount deal for Veteran's Day, since it is also Armistice Day (celebrating the end of World War I). 

After lunch, we ventured through the museum itself. here's a shot of the kids outside:

(Not pictured: Myrick and Matt sliding on their bellies down the hill.)

And, of course, we had to go up the elevator to the top of the tower. Which meant we had to wait in line...

And wait in line some more.

Afterwards, we headed over to Union Station for an early dinner at Fritz's.

And what trip to KC would be complete without a visit to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art?

On the way home, we were all tired. Not too tired, though, for a quick stop at Chik-Fil-A for ice cream and waffle fries!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Coronado Cross Monument

The Coronado Cross monument, a mile and a half east of Fort Dodge, marks the site of the first Christian worship service in the North American interior. It's worth the hike up the hill to get a close look. The view from up there is also pretty nice.

The youngest ones were restless, so only Myrick, Matt, and I made it up this time.

Fort Dodge

On our way back from Colorado, we stopped in Dodge City for the night. The next day, we drove around Fort Dodge, a small, well-preserved fort that was originally built during the Indian wars of the 19th century.

These days, the fort has housing for veterans, with many modest, well-kept private homes on the grounds.

Since the museums were closed when we came through, we spent most of our time at a small park near the side of the road. It was created in 1970 by the Disabled American Veterans Department of Kansas. There's a decommissioned cannon, a gaudily painted red, white, and blue fountain, and some picnic tables.

Here, we captured a few rare photos of all six of us since my little sister Tabitha was along for the ride.

While the park isn't too fancy, it was certainly a nice place to get out and stretch our legs before the long drive home.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Dodge City

We stayed in Dodge City on our way home from a trip out west. We were tired from a long trip and I was stressed out because our van had broken down in eastern Colorado. Getting it fixed was harder than I expected in a region where we had very little cell phone service.

Because of all this, we didn't really see too much in Dodge City. This was a shame, since the town has a long and interesting history.  The museum downtown seemed really expensive, especially since it was the off season and they didn't have the daily gunfight going on.

We did stop at a very nice little Mexican restaurant, El Charro, for lunch and to borrow their phone so I could call my slippery mechanic in Colorado. It was a good town to rest for the night, but we were glad to be on our way after lunch the next day.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Kansas City: A Trip to the Boulevard Drive-In

Editor's Note: This post doesn't count! Magen and I visited Kansas City before we were married, both separately and together, so KC is not one of the towns we need to visit for this project.

Nonetheless, I thought it would be fun to mention this fun destination anyway. 

One of our family's most memorable experiences is going to The Boulevard Drive-In in Kansas City, KS. It's a lot of fun to pull up, get out our lawn chairs, and let the kids play for a while before showtime. The show doesn't start until sunset, so it can be a pretty late night. We bring plenty of snacks, and sometimes games with a card table to play on.

Once the movie starts, there are speakers near each parking spot to ensure you can hear what's going on. And, of course, if you have a baby, it's a good idea to bring a stroller or carseat to tie her down in. :-)

Oh, and one last thing: It's REALLY hard to take good pictures in the dark. But that's OK, because you're not here to take pictures. You're here to watch the show!

Friday, August 18, 2017


One night in August, our homeschool group took a field trip out to Farpoint Observatory, just outside of Eskridge. While the town itself has a very interesting history, we didn't make it downtown this time. Instead, we stood in the dark and gazed at the heavens.

Farpoint is the location where over 600 asteroids have been discovered, as well as one of the faintest recorded comets. Several very kind volunteers showed us various stars, planets, and other astronomical objects through a few different telescopes, including one that was two stories high and required us to climb a ladder to reach the eyepiece!

It was a good night, but a late one for us all.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Big Springs

Big Springs is a small town with a rich history going back to the mid-nineteenth century. When we visited, we saw a water tower with worn lettering, a quarry, a Methodist church, and a few small businesses.

Like many small towns in Kansas, Big Springs has seen better days. A few charming older homes remain, along with some that aren't in quite such good shape. We enjoyed visiting the peaceful, well-kept cemetery a few miles out of town.