- April 2, 2015: On our way to lunch at the Snack
Shack, we discovered that some of the trees in downtown Overland Park
were yarn bombed late last year.
was the first time we had been to the Snack Shack on a Saturday in a very
long time and I was surprised at how busy they were, with pretty much all
of the seating inside and out taken. It turns out that they even have a
shorter menu on Saturday, to make it easier for them to accommodate the
volume of business.
leaving the neighborhood, we passed by the Tiki
Heads on 79th Street, to see if they were still in place. In addition
to the Easter Island style carved heads, there are now a number of found
object metal sculptures.
Yarn bombed trees
- May 3, 2015: I was up early and drove to Wamego where the 2015 Kansas
Sampler Festival was being held. At 9AM the Kansas Explorers Clubs annual
meeting was held and it was great seeing old friends including Wendee Laplant
and Marci Penner who are the directors of the Kansas Sampler Foundation.
the meeting, I renewed our memberships at the Sampler Foundation's web
site and spent a couple of hours visiting the many booths promoting Kansas
attractions and businesses. It was a treat finally meeting Scott Bean of
Scott Bean Photography. I have enjoyed his work online for several years
and he has also given me leads on Kansas waterfalls. Scott introduced me
to another photographer, Eldon Clark, who also has Prairie Fire Grill and
Catering in Minneapolis, Kansas.
lunch, I decided to investigate Fulmer's Kansas Premium Meats & Eatery,
a family owned & operated meat market in Belvue. The menu was very
limited and I tried a "taco burger" which was a burger with tomato, lettuce
and shredded cheese. No taco seasoning or sauce.
the way to Belvue, I noticed a sign for "Historic Site - Louis Vieux Family
Cemetery, Homestead and Vermilion River Crossing," and drove several miles
north to find that the cemetery and homestead had been turned into a small
park with a heavy metal fence, gate and picnic table in 1979. The 1850s
cemetery was quite interesting. Most of the original markers are damaged
or largely illegible, but they have been left in situ and newer stones
with the same info added at some time.
Kansas Explorers meeting
Louis Vieux Family Cemetery
- May 8, 2015:
We took out of town family from both coasts for some Kansas exploration
today. They had never seen Kansas west of Topeka and years ago we promised
to take them someday.
first drove to Cottonwood Falls and Strong City, visiting the Tallgrass
Prairie National Preserve, a neat old falls & bridge, and the most
beautiful courthouse in Kansas. We had lunch at Ad Astra, a restaurant
that is only open on the weekends and bills itself as a progressive home
style restaurant. The food was even better than I remembered and everyone
seemed impressed. We split a pair of large starters (fried Brussels sprouts
and blue cheese chips). I had an outstanding small ribeye steak and Mary
raved about her grilled cheese which was made with goat cheese, local Cheddar,
avocado, apple wood smoked bacon and apricot bear jam.
not used to planning travel for a larger group and it took more time than
I planned, so we cut a couple of things and made one stop in the afternoon,
at the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum
which is devoted to a couple of motion picture pioneers. Martin returned
from a cruise on the Snark with Jack London and toured the vaudeville circuit
telling about the trip. He fell in love with the 16 year old Osa and they
eloped after just 5 weeks. They purchased early motion picture equipment
and traveled to the South Seas to filmed their first movie, Among the Cannibals
of the South Pacific, which premiered in 1918. They went on to do many
travel movies, write books, have a line of clothes, and do lots of marketing.
the museum we walked a short block to the point that is the starting point
of Google Earth in Mac computers, and two doors farther to the old soda
fountain at Cardinal Drug Center for ice cream sundaes and sodas.
drove on to Fort Scott where several family members were staying for the
night and had supper at Crooners Lounge at the Liberty Theater. It was
the first time we had been there (I first heard of it only the day before)
and they did a good job with our group of 16. We left our friends at a
nearby hotel with other family and drove on to Pittsburg for the night.
stone barn at thee Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Cardinal Drug Center
Crooners Lounge at the Liberty Theater