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Cray Historical Home - Atchison, Kansas
Saturday - 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.

This 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.

We 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. 

The 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 - Kansas City, Kansas Ricky's Pit Barbeque

Rose's Pond - Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park Rose's Pond

 
Tuesday - November 5, 2013: We revisited Santa Fe Cafe in Overland Park, which is included in our Overland Park Dinning Guide. Linda had roast beef with mashed potatoes, green beans and garlic toast, while I had "The Farmer" with 2 eggs, hand breaded chicken fried steak with country gravy, hashbrowns and toast.

While I am not particularly a breakfast food person, it really was quite good.

 

Santa Fe Cafe - Overland Park, Kansas
Friday - November 15, 2013: Kanz's City Pizza & Burgerz has had a location near Lenexa's Old Town for sometime. Today I checked out their new location in north Olathe, which opened in July. The original location feels like a small bar, but this location is much larger and newer than the original.

My cheese burger and fresh cut fries were a little slow, but very good. The burger was juicy, cooked just as I ordered and the American cheese was melted just right.
 
 

Kanz's City Pizza & Burgerz - Olathe, Kansas Kanz's City Pizza & Burgerz
Saturday-Saturday - 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. 

We 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.

On 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 art gallery.

That 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.

During 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.

Tuesday 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 the trip.

Later 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.

Wednesday 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 Street.

Thanksgiving 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.

Friday 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.

 


 

Lobster Landing - Clinton Landing, Connecticut Lobster Landing

Coast Guard Museum - New London, Connecticut Coast Guard Museum
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lenny's Indian Head Inn - Bradford, Connecticut Lobsters at Lenny's Indian Head Inn

Kinky Boots - Broadway Kinky Boots

New Haven Lighthouse - Connecticut New Haven Lighthouse

 
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