|50th state he visited!|
Things we learned on this trip:
- there are over a 1000 different types of barbed wire...and the Cowboy Museum has a whole room full of them
- Only 40% of the pioneers were able to last 5 years to claim the land offered under the Homestead Act
- Jesse James had a wife and 2 kids
- Ginny normally sleeps 12 hours a day, so she missed seeing a lot of grain elevators
- Gary went through five boxes of tissues and coughed 849 times, but Ginny was so patient she didn't yell at him once. (well, maybe once...or twice...)
Here's a little quiz from our Heartland adventure across the low plains. See if you can guess our choices:
- Chuck wagon buffet at the Cowboy Museum, Oklahoma City Yee-ha!
- Sonic Burger sitting at a picnic table near Abilene, KS on a very windy day
- German restaurant in Independence, MO - hot German potato salad with sauerkraut
- Back Alley luncheonette in Beatrice, NE "Want a refill of your <32 oz> soda, Hon?"
- Sandwiches in the park in Council Bluff, IA
- Tapas bar in Wichita KS waiting for a rope tornado to descend and our waitress to appear (the first never happened; the second eventually did)
- Topeka KS brew pub. "Want a refill of your <32 oz> soda, Hon?"
- Majestic Chophouse, Kansas City MO majestic big beef with a side of KC jazz
- Omaha NB 801 Steakhouse-- Beef-it's what's for dinner!
- Des Moines Airport--burgers all around.
- OK City Memorial
- OK City Cowboy Museum - Gary shakes hands with bronze statues of John Wayne and Ronald Reagan
- KS Tallgrass National Preserve - a bus ride to the middle of a field of prairie grass (and weeds)
- Abilene KS- Eisenhower home and museum - interesting, but museum had same displays as when it opened in the 60s. What was with the 50's and Mamie's hats and arguably the worst hairstyle of any first lady? Gary takes picture of 11 foot high bronze statue of Ike.
- Independence MO - home and presidential library of Harry S. Truman (he added the S). Gary shakes hand with bronze statue of Harry. (They are the same height)
- St. Joseph, MO - home where Jesse James was shot--also in the running for hokiest exhibit, as it included an extensive showcase on the exhuming of his body in 1995, including the skull and his teeth
- Homestead National Monument - 150 year celebration of the Homestead Act included display from the National Archive; better prairie than Tallgrass! Very cool visitor center that looked like a prairie schooner.
- Squirrel Jail, Council Bluffs, IA-- a cylindrical county jail that rotated (like a squirrel cage), allowing only one cell door to line up with the exit at a time. (Not a great design if there was a fire)
- Quick Trip
- Finish Line
- Kum n go
- Valero - boring- we have that in the East
- Windy, today--mighty windy
- Can I have the tissue box?
- Want a refill, Hon?
- Is it always this windy?
- OK- best attractions
- NE- because we were in the "big O!" (it's how they market Omaha)
- IA- most grain elevators
- KS- closest to a real tornado
- MO- 'cause Gary kept saying "Missoura" like he was a native. Gracious!
- Gee, I keep getting them mixed up
|Ginny #5- picnic in this city park: 90 degrees and lots of kids running through the sprinklers near this fountain|
|Gary #3: German restaurant across from this National Park visitor center--pass the Pepto bismol, please.|
|Philips Hotel, KC, art deco lobby|
Best attraction: the ballots are still being counted!
Favorite gas: loved them all, except Valero--no brand name Exxons or Mobils here
Best Quote: #1- Yup, it was windy.
and...drum roll please... Favorite State .... it's got to be #6!