- July 27, 2013: Amy, Mary and Linda joined me for a half day of exploring
northeast Kansas on Saturday.
started with lunch at Homer's Drive In, in Leavenworth, Kansas. Leavenworth
has many good, local restaurants and I do not get up there often enough.
It had been about 6 years since my last stop at Homer's, which has been
open since 1931. It is more of a drive through than a drive in. For service
in your car, you pull up next to the restaurant and someone comes out to
get your to-go order and brings it back out. If there is more than one
car at a time, they form a column.
sat inside and were the only customers at 1PM, but by the time we left,
every table in the small dining room was full. The burgers, fries and onion
rings were all good, but not great. The standout was my country fried steak
sandwich, which was as good as I have had.
showing Amy a bit of the old downtown, we continued north to Atchison,
to the Cray Historical Home Museum. Although the museum was established
in 1978, it was closed for renovations during the years when I made repeated
trips to Atchison to visit all of its attractions. The 25 room 1880 Victoria
mansion is very ornate and nicely furnished. We were taken on a tour of
the home where we were told a bit more than we needed to know about who
donated which item, but it really was interesting.
with most old Atchison homes, there is a ghost story about the museum,
but it is about the gift shop in the carriage house, rather than the main
building. When the possessions of the late founder of the museum were moved
from the carriage house and it was turned into a gift shop and projection
room, ghosts reportedly messed repeatedly with the videotape and speakers.
That only stopped after some of the those possessions were placed on display
in the top most room of the home's imported Scottish tower.
then headed west for the center piece of the trip - Joe Tinker Day in Muscotah,
Kansas. Tinker was a Chicago Cub and part of the early 1900s double play
combo of "Tinker to Evers to Chance," which was immortalized in the poem,
"Baseball's Sad Lexicon." He was born in Muscotah and the town of 200 people
is developing that bit of history. They are in the middle of building a
baseball museum, which will go inside their recently constructed World's
Largest Baseball. On this anniversary of the Hall of Famer's birth, they
had an 1860's rules ball game between the Hodgeman 9 Baseball Club and
the Cowtown Vintage Base Ball Club. There must have been 500 people there,
including some of TInker's decedents.
did a little wandering on our way home, but finally returned to Leavenworth
for supper at All Slabbed Up, a roadhouse style BBQ restaurant this is
a little over 2 years old. We were all impressed with the food. Mary said
that if the restaurant was closer to us, it would be her favorite BBQ place.
I sampled pork ribs, burnt ends, brisket, pulled pork, fresh cut fries
and baked beans. Every dish was above average, with the burnt ends, ribs
and beans being my favorites.
Homer's Drive In
Cray Historical Home Museum
1860's rules ball game
All Slabbed Up
- June 28, 2013: afternoon we saw a second baseball game. Mary's friend
Stefani and her fiancee, Paul, joined us at the Kansas City T-Bones game
in Kansas City, Kansas. The T-Bones are in the Central Division of the
American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. This game was
versus the El Paso Diablos.
T-Bones didn't have a very good game (lost 5-0), but I had a good time.
We had fabulous seats. Padded seats right behind the first base dugout
(we could put our feet up on the dugout) where we could see and hear all
the little details of the game. The tickets were only $16 each!
was a gorgeous, unreasonably cool afternoon (in the 70s). The food was
typical ballpark fair, but a little less expensive than in KC's major league
ballpark. My favorite item was a cooked to order rib eye sandwich which
was served with sweet potato fries around and in the sandwich.
KC Royals' Hall of Famer, Frank White, coaching first base