Beyond Wichita

All my life I have loved to travel. By the time I was 16 I had seen 38 states. Thanks to my parents. I spent many summers laying in the backend of the Crockett Family Truckster (a Chevy station wagon) watching the scenery go by. In my younger days, I imagined the car was a star ship and it gave me a place to play with my Star Wars action figures. As I got older, and as the old battle wagon started falling apart, we switched to a sedan, an Impala. Gone were the Star Wars characters, but in came the new Sony Walkman. I would find a station, listen to it until the signal faded, and then I would start searching for the next station on the dial.

I miss those family vacations. What a great tradition and one with so many lasting memories. Like being scared on the Alice In Wonderland ride at Disney, seeing three World’s Fairs, Graceland, New York City, San Antonio, Mt. Rushmore, Vancouver, Seattle, Chicago’s Second City, and so many other places.

Once I graduated college I was a little too old for family vacations, but I continued to travel as much as possible. Niagara Falls, Great Smokey Mountains, Louisville, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, the Spam Museum, the Hoover Presidential Library, and again so many more places.

Then Jeremy and I met. He was not quite prepared to travel like the Crocketts travel. My trips are scheduled ahead of time, covering as much as possible every day. It is go-go-go with me. My thought, “I want to see this, because I may never be here again.” After the first trip Jeremy said, we need to slow it down and include some chances for spontaneity. I agreed. Now when we travel, I plan a half day, then leave the rest to chance. Truth be told, I still have a few back up activities for the other half of the day. Just in case.

We have spent numerous weekends in Kansas City and Oklahoma City. We like to travel to western Kansas to meet up with our friends from Denver and always try to make some stops along the route. We have taken an Alaskan cruise and two Mexico cruises. We’ve visited DisneyWorld, Houston, Memphis, Dallas, Little Rock, Denver, and one of our favs- Vegas.

So here are some of the unique stories and places we have seen while roaming across the great state of Kansas and beyond.

Our last stop on the SEKS Road Trip was in Independence... home to amazing statues, good Mexican food, a couple of “baseball firsts” and the hometown of my WFC mentor.

A visit to Anthony home of The Official Kansas 9/11 Memorial.

A stop at a quaint little park in Anthony, KS.

Stop #3 on our road trip took us through Coffeyville. It was just a stop for us, but the end of the line for an infamous gang.

Stop #2 on our Road Trip across Southeast Kansas. Hitting the mother road, Route 66.

Planet Comicon: Kansas City

Stop one on our Southeast Kansas Road Trip takes us to Missouri?

Sunday is 7/11. Free Slurpee Day!  A day to celebrate the Slurpee and ICEE.  And you have a Kansas man to thank for all those brain freezes.

Another icon of America is the famous Mt. Rushmore sculpture. And on this 4th of July holiday, you should know that the sculptor spent some time in the Sunflower State.

Years ago there was a big debate over who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance. A magazine writer or a Kansas kid?

June is Pride month.  The time coincides with the start of the gay rights movement at Stonewall.  And to celebrate Pride, I offer Kansas and the rainbow connection.

Oakdale Park

Salina, KS

Have a Coke and a KS smile

She’s turning 50 soon, but that’s not why she is blue. Say hello to a Route 66 icon.

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