Archive for Thursday, August 14, 2008

Take a local vacation

August 14, 2008

Last week I mentioned the high price of gasoline and things we did years ago to save money. This day and age we can do the same and vacation at the same time.

We like visiting towns within 100 miles. There is a wealth of wonderful places to visit for every interest. Naturally I like to visit the art galleries and historical places.

This last week we went to the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Mo., and thoroughly enjoyed it. Since my wife had a doctor appointment in the Plaza area, we decided to take the opportunity to drive just a little farther to Independence. It had been years since we were there and many great changes and improvements have taken place. The Thomas Hart Benton Mural in the entryway gives a history lesson in itself. President Truman had to make tough decisions that affected the whole world.

How long has it been since you visited the Buffalo Soldier Monument or the Frontier Army Museum at Fort Leavenworth, along with the Carroll Mansion Museum or the Carousel Museum in Leavenworth?

Now that our own Lansing Museum in open again, why not stop there for a look around? Our own history is pretty important too, and the volunteers are ready and willing to visit with you on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 5 PM. When you are at the Lansing Museum ask for the "Kansas Visitors Guide." It is a free magazine that tells about every place you would want to visit in our wonderful state in great detail.

Eating places are very important too. Many of us go out of our way to stop at the Brookville Hotel in Abilene for their fried chicken, or Chicken Mary's or Chicken Annie's right north of Pittsburg. These are some of our favorite stops. There was always fierce competition between the two in Pittsburg as they are right next door to each other. Finally Chicken Mary's granddaughter married Chicken Annie's grandson, and they opened a new restaurant named Pichler's Chicken Annie's. It is surprising that their chicken and the sides taste an awful lot like the original Annie's and Mary's.

Then there's Topeka, Lawrence, Atchison, Kansas City, and all the neat little towns in between. They are within 100 miles and all have a great variety of museums, eating places, zoos, theatres and on and on for us to take advantage of. So take a vacation in Kansas. You don't have to travel thousands of miles to see beautiful and cultural things.


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