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|Friday - June 1,
2012: We had supper at RowHouse Restaurant in Topeka. We had been trying
to get there for nearly a year. The restaurant has a very limited menu,
which changes weekly. For $37 you can choose one of three entrees or do
a tasting including all three. There are about 5 tables on each of the
three floors (including the basement).
Tonight's menu began
with a very good salad of greens, blueberries and feta with wasabi lime
vinaigrette. I was less pleased with the chilled cucumber soup. The entrees
were potato croquette with fennel pickled vegetables, mahi mahi with pineapple
and radish salsa over lima bean rice pilaf, and beef tenderloin with spiced
tomato puree over chickpeas. They didn't ask how we wanted the tenderloin
cooked and it came rare. I puree worked well with the beef and I preferred
it to the fish. Bit the potato pancake (croquette) was my favorite of the
The meal ended with
three very small dessert servings. Strawberry cobbler, topped with chile
ice cream, top by thin crispy cashew oatmeal cookie. The habanero ice cream
did seem the hot when you took it into your mouth, but had a hot finish.
We both enjoyed the dessert a great deal.
RowHouse has an extensive
wine list and a menu of house specialty drinks. There were wine pairings
suggested for several of the entrees for $9 - 13 for a full glass or $5
- 7 for a half glass. Linda liked the $ 7 "tea thyme," thyme syrup, lemon
juice, jasmine tea and vodka.
|Saturday - June
2, 2012: We spent the night in Wamego, Kansas. On our way out of town
in the morning, we made a point of driving by the the home where Walter
P. Chrysler was born. A few years ago, it was moved to the intersection
of U.S. 24 and K-99, where it will become a visitor's center for Pottawatomie
County. Wamego is also known for The OZ
Museum, and a pair of witch's feet stick out from underneath the building.
We drove south and
west, passing through Wabaunsee, where I stopped to photograph the Beecher
Bible and Rifle Church. The history of the source of the name is more interesting
than the building itself.
Our next stop was at
Lake Falls in the outlet from Geary State Fishing Lake, south of Junction
City. Despite the recent rains, there was no water flowing in the outlet
and over the top of the falls, but there was a little water flow from springs
coming out of the rock face. When there is water, this is one of the most
beautiful waterfalls in Kansas and it was still interesting at this time.
We had been intending
to visit the Kansas Auto Racing Museum in Chapman for a couple of years
and we finally made it this morning. Much of the private museum is what
you would expect from its name, Auto racing isn't an area of my personal
interest, but I know that there are many people who would find it interesting.
The owners, Doug and Connie Thompson, are a Christian couple who have formed
the Covenant Racing Team.
The museum is also
the studio for a TV show which is broadcast on Eagle Cable Local Channel,
the Grassroots Racing Show.
Lunch was at the Hickory
Hut, a 29 year old BBQ restaurant in Salina. In general, the meat were
better than the side dishes and would hold their own in Kansas City. My
favorite of the smoked meats which we sampled were the sliced pork and
the hot Polish sausage. I will definitely return to Hickory Hut in the
Continuing to Lucas,
we found the downtown filled with people attending the "First Flush" grand
opening of the new public rest room, shaped like a giant toilet. There
had already been several other events and we hurried to the Lucas Theater
to attend "Here's the Poop," a hilarious slide presentation by Erika Nelson.
Erika's program was
followed by the recognition of the many people who had labored so hard
to build the new rest rooms. Next was the auctioning of the opportunity
to be the first to flush each of the toilets. The winners were outwitted
like royalty and led between the lines of cheering and bubble blowing throng
to Bowl Plaza.
The flushes were even
broadcast live on a Russell radio station!
Before leaving Lucas,
we checked out the temporary toilet related art exhibit and contest in
the Flying Pig Studio and Gallery, bought
beef jerky at Brant's Meat Market, and
took photos of the newly reopened Garden
Driving south, we stopped
and made some purchases at Kansas Originals Market & Gallery, before
checking in to the Midland Hotel in Wilson. The 1899 hotel was one of the
settings used in the 1973 movie, Paper Moon, with Tatum and Ryan O'Neal.
Wilson, Kansas bills
itself as the Czech capital of Kansas and has many handsome native stone
buildings. We walked to the nearby shopping district and purchased sausages
and other house made meats at Wilson Family Foods.
The day finished with
a great meal at the Bunker Hill Cafe
in Bunker Hill, Kansas. The Cafe is located in a 1917 limestone building
that was originally a drugstore and soda fountain. Linda's fried catfish
was so-so, but the Buffalo rib eye was very good.
Walter P. Chrysler birthplace
Geary Lake Falls
Kansas Auto Racing Museum
"Here's the Poop" by Erika Nelson
|Sunday - June 3,
2012: The breakfast at the Midland Hotel was minimal. Less than we
have been seeing at most motels.
Our first stop of the
day was at Indian Rock Park in Salina where we photographed two sets of
waterfalls on the Smoky Hill River. This stretch of the river passes between
30' tall cliffs. The upper falls is about a 4' drop. but the lower falls
is semi horseshoe shaped and a more impressive drop.
The park has nature
trails with very scenic overlooks, including one that overlooks the rock
which the park is named after. Tradition is that the rock marks the site
of the Battle of Indian Rock in 1857, the last significant skirmish between
the Kansa, Delaware and Pottawatomie Indian nations.
We continued on to
Manhattan where we checked out the new, second location of the Cozy
Inn. The Manhattan location opened almost a year ago in the Aggieville
neighborhood near Kansas State University. This small store front is set
up much like the Salina location, with the only seating being the 6 stools
at the counter. There are two changes from my past visits to the Salina
location: they do delivery and they offer a second dish - a steak sandwich
which is calls a grinder.
The highlight of the
day was visiting the Flint Hills Discovery Center which opened in Manhattan
two months ago. Rather than being located in the Flint Hills outside the
city, the Discovery Center is the focal point of the South End Redevelopment
in Manhattan. The displays are very well done. Much of the museum is devoted
to children, and it is priced to be reasonable to families. A party with
just adults is likely to be satisfied with a one hour visit and may find
the $9 fee a little high.
The most innovative
thing we found was an interactive kiosk at the main entrance to the building.
The "Flint Hills Gateway" lets you use a touch screen to plan a visit to
attractions and businesses in the Flint Hills, then print or email it.
Supper was at the Hibachi
Hut in Manhattan. It had been a few years since I had been there and I
was disappointed to learn that they had remodeled the facility and closed
the Texas Star Cafe that had shared the same roof and kitchen. The new
menu did not offer as much as the old and the meal was average, rather
than the superior that it had been in the past.
Smoky Hill River Falls
Flint Hills Discovery Center
Hibachi Hut Restaurant
|Monday - June 4,
2012: At lunch time, I revisited the Talk
of the Town grill & bar in Overland Park. It had been 6 month since
the last time I had checked it out. I had an assort of the chicken wings:
Caribbean jerk Atomic and honey garlic. The Atomic was good for wings at
the hot end, but the Caribbean jerk were my favorite.
Talk of the Town
|Tuesday - June
5, 2012: I paid a second visit to the Szechuan Dynasty Chinese Restaurant
in Olathe. The lunch buffet was average, with only a couple of dishes standing
out. I will give it one more try in about a month.
|Wednesday - June
6, 2012: Two friends joined me in investigating the new Talk of the
Town grill & bar location on 135th Street in Leawood. This location
was a former Ted's Montana Grill. It is about 50 percent larger than the
The decor and food
at the new location duplicate the original. The burger were good, but the
grilled salmon was the top dish sampled today.
Talk of the Town - Leawood
|Saturday - June
9, 2012: Linda and I had a good lunch today at Mr.
Epp's KC Barbeque in Kansas City, Kansas. The last 2 or 3 times that
we had dined at Mr. Epp's they had been out of most of the meats, particularly
the chicken wings which they feature, but they had everything today.
We had the chicken
wings, sausage and ribs. All three meats had a good smoky flavor and were
very good. The sausage no longer has the cheese inside, but is still one
of the best bbq sausages around. The thick cut fresh French fries were
little under done.
Mr. Epp's KC Barbeque wings & fries
|Sunday - June 10,
2012: Five of us went to Happy Banzai - a Japanese Steakhouse where
we had good experiences in the past. On of our party lives in a small rural
town and had never experienced the teppanyaki style cooking at the table.
The food was OK, but
the experience was not what we expected the chef did none of the tricks
and performance that we are used to, and was seeing at other tables. He
didn't even flip shrimp in our mouths. We were quite disappointed.
This evening I updated
the page devoted to the David Traylor Zoo
|Thursday - June
14, 2012: Linda and I departed for northern Michigan today, stopping
to check out Smokin' Guns BBQ in North Kansas City, Missouri on our way
out of town. We split a combination dinner with baby back ribs, sausage
and burnt ends. The good sausage was a little unusual - split length wise
and made with meat ground large. The other two meats were average. Onion
rings were ordinary, cooked from frozen, but the thick cut fries were well
prepared and worth getting again.
Smokin' Guns is building
a new, larger building next door. They plan to open the new facility in
August, but that may be overly optimistic.
Our drive took us though
Ames, Iowa, where we stopped for diner at The Cafe, an international restaurant.
The menu was fairly short (listing as many specialty drinks as dishes),
but we did find some interesting dishes. things we liked.
The Vietnamese Shrimp
Wraps, were 5 chilled shrimp in lettuce cups with julienne carrots, bean
sprouts, scallions, cilantro, mint, basil and crispy noodles. I loved the
first one, but 5 was too many. Linda's surprisingly good Cafe Burger was
made with local beef, white cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and pickled onion
on a rosemary kaiser bun.
But the highlight was
the $10.95 Korean Steak & Egg. The beef was marinated and wood grilled,
then served with house made kimchi, steamed rice, asparagus, spicy chile
aiole and an over easy egg. A wonderful dish a very reasonable price.
Smokin' Guns BBQ
|Friday - June 15,
2012: We stayed overnight at the Best Western Plus in Dubuque, Iowa.
We were offered cookies and popcorn when we checked in and were very impressed
with the hotel, furnishing, and the size & quality of the rooms, the
large breakfast buffet in the morning. Even the towels were plush and nice.
We crossed the state
of Wisconsin with just one stop, at the Brooklyn Grill, a cosmopolitan
bar & grill in Oshkosh. I liked the atmosphere and menu, but the food
we tried (shrimp, onion rings, perch) were just so-so.
Crossing the Menominee
River in Michigan, we could see a large, newly constructed vessel on the
river bank at Marinette Marine. We circled so I could photograph it and
the US naval vessel which was already in the river. Researching this evening,
I learned that the vessel awaiting launch was the 205' NOAA research vessel,
the Rueben Lasker, and the one in the water was a 378' littoral combat
ship which will be commissioned as the Fort Worth in Galveston in September.
The Lasker will be "splash" Launched Saturday, the 16th. I wish I could
We continued across
Michigan's Upper Peninsula with a short stop at Palms Book State Park to
enjoy the peaceful and beautiful Kitch-iti-kipi. It has been many years
since I have been at the Big Springs and it was Linda's first visit. The
water is so clear that you can easily see the bottom 40' down and the many
large trout. There is a raft with holes in the center for looking down
into the water.
As we approached the
Straits or Mackinac, we were looking for a restaurant with a view of the
water and settled on the Bayview Inn in Epoufette. We had the deck with
its beautiful view over the trees to Lake Michigan all to ourselves. The
food was average. The deep fried whitefish didn't taste as fresh as we
would get later in the trip.
The sun was setting
as we crossed the Straits of Mackinac and Linda was snapping many pictures
from the 5 mile long Mackinac Bridge. I particularly like her shot that
includes a freighter which had just passed under the bridge and it has
been added to Fine
Rueben Lasker & Fort Worth
858' Great Lakes freighter Roger Blough
|Saturday - June
16, 2012: This is not a vacation, but a working trip, to empty out
my late parent's home. Six of us would work until Friday, emptying the
home and having a huge yard sale on Thursday. It is also a chance to update
restaurant reviews and photographs for our sister web site www.MightyMac.org.
Our first meal in Mackinaw
City is at Darrow's Family Restaurant and we are joined by my brother and
sister-in-law. Darrow's began as a drive in in 1957 and I grew up visiting
Darrow's. Today it is has little atmosphere, but it is a great place for
whitefish, salad, soups and pies. They usually have around 15 different
pies, all made in house.
Today's special is
pasties and Donna & Gary are very happy with theirs. Linda had Signature
Raspberry Chicken Salad, which is one of my favorite salads anywhere.
I had the $11.99 whitefish
fingers basket. Just deep fried, very fresh fish, fries and coleslaw. The
fries and slaw are nothing special, but the fish is so much better than
I had in Epoufette last night.
Supper was a long planned
visit to Leg's Inn in Cross Village. Leg's Inn was built by one artist,
Stanley Smolak, who began constructing the restaurant and its furnishings
in the 1920s and continued working on it while it was in operation into
the 1960s. The structure and fixtures are truly unique.
But so is the food!
We started with smoked whitefish spread, then had Golabki (Cabbage Roll),
Kielbasa (Polish Smoked Sausage), sauerkraut and Pierogi (Polish Style
Dumplings). If you travel to northern Michigan, you really should visit
whitefish fingers basket
Leg's Inn interior with some of the furniture made by Stanley Smolak
|Sunday - June 17,
2012: Today's lunch was at another Mackinaw City favorite - Scalawags
Whitefish & Chips. This small place has just a few tables inside and
out, or takeaway. The menu is simple (whitefish, perch, walleye, shrimp,
chicken fingers, 3 or 4 sandwiches, fries slaw, hush puppies and chowder),
but they do the fried fish very well. The perch was much better than I
had in Oshkosh two days ago and the whitefish was as good as Darrow's.
The sides were adequate, with the hush puppies being the best.
Scalawags is only open
May - October, and a trip to Mackinaw City in the summer is not complete
without a Scalawags meal.
Supper was at the Key
Hole Bar, a block away. I've ben going there for 40 years, but the food
didn't start standing out until the last 10 years or so. This is a good
place for burgers of fried perch. They have very good onion rings.
The photo at the right
is from the balcony of our room at the Clearwater Lakeshore. That is the
Mackinac Bridge in the distance and the SS Keewatin docked in the foreground.
Scalawags Whitefish & Chips
Mackinac Bridge and SS Keewatin
|Monday - June 18,
2012: Lunch was at another old Mackinaw City restaurant - Audie's.
Audie's Restaurant began as Downing's Restaurant in the early 1960s, but
has been Audie's for nearly 40 years. They have two dining rooms, with
very different menus. Our meal was in the family dining room, and I had
smelt. The tiny fish aren't necessarily one of my favorites, but I can't
get them at restaurants in Kansas and they were today's special. They had
too much batter, I could hardly taste the fish.
We took a break in
the afternoon to bury my parent's ashes in Mackinaw City's Lakeside Cemetery.
Mother died 18 months ago and Dad died this past winter. The brief service
was upbeat and I was doing well until one of their friends broke down while
sharing a story. I think we could have gone on longer, but light rain brought
the service to a conclusion.
My cousins joined us
for supper at the Dixie Saloon. The Dixie was first a tavern in the 1890s.
The name of the place came from the Dixie Highway, which terminated in
front of the saloon. For a period in the 1980s, the building was used to
house the only seasonal McDonald's in the United States. But the McDonald's
eventually closed and the building was extensively remodeled before being
reopened as a bar and grill. It is a handsome building and has about the
only view of the water (kind of) from a Mackinaw restaurant.
The food doesn't measure
up to the building. It isn't bad, but it is in the second tier of Mackinaw
restaurants and it is a little more expensive.
There was a storm while
we had dinner. Latter in the evening, the weather mostly cleared and I
took the photo at the right of a freighter in the fog, approaching the
smelt special at Audi's
grave side service
Mackinac Bridge & freighter
|Tuesday - June
19, 2012: All six of us drove to Levering to have lunch at the Levering
Cafe, but the power was off following a storm which had passed though the
area. Our next choice was to check out the new restaurant which has opened
in the Pellston Airport, but we called and found out that their power was
So we returned to Mackinaw
and returned to Darrow's. It was another good meal. I had forgotten how
good Darrow's onion rings are. They were this good years ago when it was
In the early evening,
the SS Keewatin departed Mackinaw City. The 1907 cruise ship had been a
museum ship in southwest Michigan for many years and is being towed to
Port McNicoll, Ontario to be the centerpiece of a major real estate development.
Many photographers were present to photograph the departure.
Linda and I crossed
the Mackinac Bridge to have supper at Clyde's Drive-In in St. Ignace. There
are three Clyde's (the other two are in Sault Ste Marie and Manistique)
and they have been open for decades. Although they do include some surprises
like perch, Clyde's has good typical drive-in fare, including a huge 3/4
pound Big C burger for $6.10. The food was a good as I remembered though
we did have to guard it from the aggressive seagulls.
|Wednesday - June
20, 2012: It is rare that we are in Mackinaw City for enough days that
we go through all of our favorite places and have time to visit ones we
don't know as well. Today's lunch was at the Historic Depot Restaurant
which is in the only surviving railroad building in Mackinaw and surrounded
by the Mackinaw Crossings shopping area. It is a nice setting, particularly
for a train buff, but the food is average, the selection is short and the
prices are a little too high.
Supper at the Blue
Water Grill & Bar was much better, although the AC was having a hard
time keeping up on this rare 90 degree day. The bar was nicely decorated
with memorabilia from the ferry companies and other old ships which once
sailed the Straits of Mackinac. Linda enjoyed the broiled whitefish and
I was happy with the fried lake trout. Years ago, most restaurants in Mackinaw
offered both whitefish and trout.
We crowned the day
with a sunset cruise on the Ugly Anne, a former New England deep sea lobster
boat. We received the tickets in exchange for the use of a photograph of
the Ugly Anne which I took last summer.
The boat is the right
size for this kind of use and I had high hopes, but they fall short of
making the cruise what it could be. They crew didn't respond to changing
conditions or pass near and describe interesting ships which were passing
through the Straits. The narration is all prerecorded, rather than live.
It wasn't a bad time, just not a special treat. Other people on the cruise
seemed to enjoy it enough.
Historic Depot Restaurant
|Thursday - June
21, 2012: This was the day of our yard sale and we were up a little
after 5AM to set up the items in the yard. The sunrise photo at the right
was taken from the shore in front of our motel. The sun is raising over
Round Island. The larger Island at the left is Mackinac Island.
Thanks to a couple
of our parent's friends and the Lion's Club, we had eleven large tables
and were able to display much of the items in our front yard. The sale
was amazing, people came back 3 and 4 times, sometimes bringing other people.
Not just people who live or work in Mackinaw City, but people who were
on vacation. Some of our best customers were the young women from Jamaica
who work in Mackinaw through the summer and ship many things home. In just
one day, we managed to dispose of the majority of the contents of my parents
For a late supper,
we returned to the Levering Cafe. The Cafe is another restaurant which
has been open for many decades. It is worth driving out of your way. The
food is good, the servings are huge and the prices are quite reasonable.
Between us, we had broasted chicken, fried perch, whitefish and a $11.95
chicken Alfredo that could serve a family. It was a nice way for the 6
of us to unwind and share our experiences of the day.
We had met many people
who knew our parents and had stories to share, or people who had never
met them but said they would think of them when they used what they were
purchasing. It had been a special day.
Returning to Mackinaw
City, we saw that another storm had gone through the region. After another
hour's work, we headed back to the motel, stopping to take the photo at
the right on the way. It has been added to Fine
Sunrise over the Round Island in the Straits of Mackinac
broasted chicken at the Levering Cafe
|Friday - June 22,
2012: This is our final full day in Mackinaw City and we spent it disposing
od the remaining items in the house. We threw out or gave the rest to a
couple of local churches and the house is now empty and offered for sale.
Linda and I worked
until after 7PM, packing our van for the trip back to Kansas and taking
care of things that had been missed. A couple of the Jamaican women came
by looking for tools to buy and I gave one of them a 6 foot aluminum stepladder
which she will ship home.
Today is my birthday
and we wanted to celebrate it with supper on Mackinac Island. We just got
the 7:30PM ferry, with the crew undoing the lines as we boarded. On the
Island, we walked the main shopping district and around to Ste. Anne Catholic
Church, which has been closed when I have tried to visit it before.
We worked our way back
along the Main Street until we came to the Chippewa Hotel. We had supper
in the Pink Pony Dining Room, which has a lovely view of the water. We
enjoyed the starter of baked, smoked white fish spread with pita chips.
My broiled whitefish main dish was very good, but the tequila line perch
was a waste of an expensive fish. The fish itself couldn't be tasted under
the Caribbean cracker meal, garlic, tequila lime butter sauce and roasted
corn black bean salsa.
After supper, we walked
around to the west side ot town to watch and photograph the sunset.
We took the 10PM ferry
back to Mackinaw City. The ride back at dusk was wonderful - cuddling with
Linda in the cool wind on the back of the fast ferry and looking at fading
light in the west and the moon setting over the Bridge.
Ste. Anne Catholic Church
View from the Pink Pony Dining Room
Moon setting over the Mackinac Bridge
|Saturday - June
23, 2012: Today we headed back toward home, driving across US-2, with
a turnoff into the Garden Peninsula to Fayette State Historic Park, a 19th
Century ghost town that was an iron smelting community. This little harbor
and surrounding buildings provide dozens of great photo opportunities.
As we were leaving
the park, we saw a sign for Sherry's Port Bar & Family Restaurant,
a mile and a half away in Garden. Sherry's turned out to be a an interesting
little place with a lot of character. The dishes we tried (whitefish and
perch baskets) were average, with the fires being the best part.
Back on the highway
with continued across the UP (Michigan's Upper Peninsula) and south through
Wisconsin, stopping for supper at Tabbert's Diner in Rosendale. Linda's
calzone had an unusual shape, but tasted very good and my fried smelt was
better than I had in Mackinaw earlier in the week.
We stayed the night
in Madison, Wisconsin.
Fayette State Historic Park
Sherry's Port Bar & Family Restaurant
|Friday - June 29,
2012: This evening we drove to Pratt, stopping for supper along the
way at Dog N Shake on the west side of Wichita. This local fast food chain
has 4 locations around town.
The dogs were pretty
good, as long as I ignored what they were called. For example the "Chicago
dog" didn't come close to having the correct ingredients to bear the name.
The chili dog (see photo at right) has so little chili that it is completely
hidden by the dog.
I had read a lot about
the homemade onion rings, and they were pretty good, as was the large Polish
sausage, which had been split down the middle and grilled.
chili dog on top, "Chicago dog" on the bottom
|Saturday - June
30, 2012: We drove on to Greensburg where we joined Marci Penner
and WenDee Rowe LaPlant on a Kansas Explorer's tour of the community and
some of its new LEED Platinum certified buildings.
Two vans of Kansas
Explorers were led on a tour of Greensburg by the Greensburg Greentown
Site Manager, Ruth Ann Wedel, and the Big Well Manager, Stacy Barnes. We
were chauffeured through most of the town, with stops to go through the
combined Kiowa County High School, the Junior High & Grade School;
the BTI John Deere Dealership; and the Kiowa County Memorial Hospital.
We spent the most time
at the school - a facility which would be the pride of any city. In addition
to being very modern and functional it uses such features as heat pumps,
a wind generator, reclaimed cypress wood from Hurricane Katrina, a recycling
center, and lockers built from recycled plastic. The building collects
the water from the roof of the school and stores it in 5 tanks with 221,000
gallons of storage capacity for landscape use.
The tour concluded
at the Kiowa County Commons building which houses the library, Kiowa County
Historical Museum and Soda Fountain. The new museum has attractive displays,
but they were mostly photographs, there were hardly any artifacts. The
roof of the Commons building is a green roof, with sedum growing on it
- 1 of 4 such roofs in Greensburg.
Following the tour,
we visited the Big Well on our own. The new Big Well Museum & Visitors
Center opened just a few weeks ago. I wasn't that impressed with the Big
Well facility prior to the 2007 tornado, but this new building is very
nice. The displays showing the history of Greensburg, the Well and the
Tornado are very good.
The World's Largest
Hand Dug Well was completed in 1888. It is 109 feet deep and 32 feet in
diameter. Over three million visitors have descended the metal stairway
into the Well.
We also toured the
Silo Eco-Home, a demonstration home built using 6" thick concrete walls
which can withstand the high winds of a tornado and including a variety
of green features. The home serves as a bed & breakfast, GreenTown's
administrative office and Greensburg's "Green Visitors Center."
We also stopped at
the Studio 54 which produces and sells stained glass and tornado fused
We took advantage of
being near Haviland to run out in the country and revisit the Kansas
Meteorite Museum. The owners of the museum, Don Stimpson and Dr. Sheila
Knepper, were both present, talking to visitors and showing off some of
their most recent meteorite discoveries.
Then back through Greensburg
and west to Mullinville to check on the current status of of the Kanza
Art Studio and see if the artist M. T. Ligget was working today. The
art is an unique collection of junk metal folk art, windmills and signs
which lines several of the streets of Mullinville. Unfortunately, Mr. Ligget
was not around, but I did take some fresh photographs.
We returned east, then
headed north on US 183 through Kinsley and north to Larned. We investigated
the Central States Scout Museum, but the curator was not around.
For supper, we went
to a new restaurant, Grumpy's Steakhouse & Bar, which opened at the
Larned Country Club in February. The ribeye ($25 with salad & potato)
and Kansas City Strip ($22) were both good. The salad & fries were
less appealing. Baked potatoes were not available and I think the kitchen
may be rather limited.
We had bull fries (mountain
oysters) as an appetizer. They were a daily special. The $8 serving was
rather small. They did appear to be fresh, rather than frozen, but had
After checking in to
our motel, we picked up a brochure for the Historic House Auto Tour. It
was rather difficult, since we did not have a city map and no map or directions
were included in the brochure, but we found most of the homes on the tour
and concluded at Sibley's Camp, where larned was visited by a survey team
in 1825, and the nearby former rock quarry, and the Little Red House (reconstruction
of the first building in Larned).
tour of Kiowa County High School
Big Well Museum & Visitors Center
Dr. Sheila Knepper
Kanza Art of M. T. Ligget
Grumpy's Steakhouse & Bar
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