- November 2, 2013: We returned drove to Kansas City, Kansas to give
a second try to Ricky's Pit Barbeque at 38th Street and Leavenworth Road.
This is the third location for the small Mom & Pop restaurant.
President Clinton dinned at one of the previous locations in the 1990s.
There are just 5 booths and a counter.
BBQ restaurant gets high points for "atmosphere," but although I enjoyed
it the food was a little too sweet for my taste. Not just the sauce, but
also the baked beans and even the chili.
also visited the Legler Barn Museum in the northwest corner of Sar-Ko-Par
Trails Park in Lenexa. It was a beautiful afternoon and the trees with
their fall colors looked beautiful around Rose's Pond.
museum is housed in a stone barn which was built in 1864 and originally
located 2 miles east on the Santa Fe Trail. In 1983 the barn was reconstructed
at its current location in Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park. At that time it was
slightly enlarged, but the two galleries are still fairly small.
Ricky's Pit Barbeque
- November 23 - 30, 2013: Our family spent Thanksgiving week with family
in New Haven, Connecticut. Linda & I flew out on the Saturday before
Thanksgiving and back on the Saturday following.
had nine people for most activities and did a lot of good eating out. There
were several good seafood meals, with the biggest treat for many people
being lobster rolls at Lobster Landing in Clinton, Connecticut. It is just
a little dock side stand with picnic tables. It was cold & windy, but
they have an enclosed tent over the tables for the winter. Between nine
of us, we gorged on $300 worth of the lobster filled buns.
Monday, several of us drove to to New London, Connecticut to tour the Coast
Guard Academy & museum. After lunch, we went down to the waterfront
where we located four lighthouses and Fort Trumbull. The oldest parts of
the fort date to 1777, but it was closed for the season and we only walked
around the outside. It was a great opportunity to take photos for my online
night we had supper at Mory's, a private membership organization started
in 1849 on the Yale campus. The Whiffenpoofs an a capella group normally
rehearses at Mory's on Monday nights, but they were on Thanksgiving break
and we sat at their table.
dinner, Fay had received word that New Haven was short 500 turkeys for
families to have food for Thanksgiving. John, Nancy & I were riding
home with Fay after dinner and decided to stop at a supermarket and pick
up 16 turkeys. We would have bought more, but that was going to fill the
car. It was fun leaving the turkeys at the staging location. The women
working there were so excited! Then even posed with us and took pictures.
we toured the adjacent Hartford homes of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark
Twain. Lunch was at La Kerencya, a Peruvian restaurant. We were tight on
time before picking up Mary at the Airport, so Fay arranged for an assortment
of their best dishes served family style soon after we sat down. It was
a fabulous assortment of seafood, chicken and beef. My favorite meal of
in the day, we had a group photo taken at a Target, then went to Lenny's
Indian Head Inn in Bradford, Connecticut. On Tuesdays the 74 year old seafood
shack has a special with two, one pound lobster meals for $30. The other
eight people had lobster, while I enjoyed a huge platter of fried oysters.
we took Amtrak into New York City and saw the matinee of Kinky Boots on
Broadway. We had supper was at Trattoria Trecolori in 47th Street and were
joined by Jesi's friend Meg, who lives in New York City. Part of our group
went on to see the play No Man's Land in the evening, while Meg took Linda,
Mary & I on a walk through the area of the World Trade Center and Wall
day began with Linda & Mary joining me on a short excursion to photograph
two lighthouses on the New Haven waterfront. In the late afternoon, we
had a huge traditional turkey dinner, then saw the second Hunger Games
movie in the evening.
was quieter, but John, Mary, Linda and I toured the Yale Peabody Museum.
The natural history museum has a great selection of dinosaur and early
mammal fossils. I like the mineral displays and the exhibition of what
may be the first meteorite which is from the planet Mercury.
Coast Guard Museum
Lobsters at Lenny's Indian Head Inn
New Haven Lighthouse