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- August 2, 2022: I made a second attempt to visit Medicine's Hall
of Fame and Museum which opened in September 2020 in the former location
of the Johnson County Museum. I went there a few months after the museum
opened, but the building was locked up when it was scheduled to be open,
there was no sign about closing, and there was no response to a phone call
checking on visiting the museum.
collection is the result of a lifetime of collecting by Dr. Bruce Hodges,
who is turning 90 in a few days and just retired earlier this year. A large
part of the collection is about the history of medicine and that is the
only thing mentioned on the museum's web site. There is also gallery with
items collected during Dr. & Mrs. Hodges 17 medical missionary trips
to Uganda. Other galleries are devoted to the history of Egyptian and Chinese
medicine, a recreation of a pharmacy from 100 years ago, and one with artifacts
and photos from many types of Native American medicine and healing.
Miracles of Christ exhibit is not mentioned on the museum's web site. This
portion of the museum is more or less separate from the rest and Dr. Hodges
stressed that visiting that part of the museum is optional. It contains
40 dioramas devoted to the Miracles of Christ. Based on sketches by Dr.
Hodges and a couple of friends, 652 figurines were carved from Jacaranda
wood in just 13 days by 22 members of the Akamba Tribe in Kenya. There
is also a movie devoted to Christ's miracles which is played on request.
admission to the museum is $8, the portion devoted to miracles is open
for free admission for a period during Advent and we will post about it
Shawnee, I also revisited the Shawnee
Indian Cemetery in Shawnee, Kansas, control of which was recently given
to the Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. The Shawnee tribe plans to survey the
.5 acre cemetery to find any unmarked graves. The cemetery may be renamed
after some of the families buried here. I followed Google Maps to the cemetery,
which brought me there by way of Bluejacket Street, which is close, but
it appears you have to cross private property to get there. The better
route is 59th Terrace, which still feels like you are in someone's yard,
but it less bothersome.
the grass is mowed, the grave markers are more covered by soil and plants
than they were in 2012. It doesn't appear that anything has been done by
the Shawnee Tribe so far.
last thing I revisited in the neighborhood was the Governor's House, which
was the home of the first Territorial Governor of Kansas. Andrew H. Reeder,
in 1854. Today it just looks like an older home from the street. 18 years
ago it was a restaurant and special event space called the Governor's Meeting
House. It was built around 1850. Located on 60th Street, just east of Nieman
Dr. Bruce Hodges
Turning water into wine
- August 4, 2022: Today I made our third visit to Snackle Box at the
Wyandotte County Lake Marina in Kansas City, Kansas. It is time to try
their breakfast. I don't eat much in the morning, so I arrived at 10:45
to have breakfast before 11 AM when the menu said they stop serving breakfast.
The cook/server followed me in from having a smoke and said that they stop
serving breakfast at 10:30 and they wouldn't prepare lunch until the next
cook arrived at 11.
next cook arrive accompanied by two nice, small children who made themselves
comfortable at the counter. There are only a handful of items on the lunch
menu and the main ones which I hadn't had yet were grilled cheese and plain
hot dog. Neither interested me, so I repeated the double hamburger with
Swiss cheese with added mushrooms. I don't know if it was me or the food,
but it wasn't nearly as big a treat as the one I had a month ago.
the way home, I visited Pop's Sweet Shop of Lenexa which opened last Friday
in Old Town. The sign says that they were established in 2020 and a little
research finds that they have another location in Springhill, Kansas. The
is no sign saying the hours and when I walked in at 12:40, I was told that
they were not open yet, but would serve me. Another customer was leaving
with ice cream as I arrived.
has small batch homemade fudge, italian cannolis, smoothie, Italian ice
& organic cotton candy, but I was there for ice cream and got a single
cup of Mocha Almond Fudge from Blue Bell Creameries. The selection of flavors
is fairly small and I hope they rotate them very often so I can find other
flavors which excite me.
Pop's Sweet Shop
- August 8, 2022: Our last visit to Hayward's Pit Bar B Que in Shawnee,
Kansas was two years ago, so I had lunch here today. It was a little late
for lunch and there were only three other tables occupied. The server was
ordered the sausage platter beef habanero cheddar sausage from Krizman's
Sausage in Kansas City, Kansas. I am a fan of Krizman's and a fan of spicy,
cheese sausages, but this one did not work as sweet for me. I didn't notice
any smoky flavor from the preparation, and the cheese seemed powdery in
texture to me.
sauces are tangy and slightly spicy and just tangy. I prefer the extra
heat of the hot version, though many people may find it a little too hot
and mix the regular and hot.
cheesy corn wasn't very cheesy, having mostly the taste of the corn. The
French fries were pretty good for made from frozen. They are larger fries
and had the texture you might associate with steak fries, but a little
more crispy. The toast was barely toasted.
felt the price was fair at $16.
- August 9, 2022: This overnight trip is to northwest Kansas and I
got away early to get past Salina as early as possible. I was met at Rolling
Hills Zoo by their Director of Development & Marketing, Linda Henderson,
who had a golf cart waiting and took me on a tour to see what was new since
my last visit. We figured out that it has been 20 years, so there had been
newest attraction at the zoo is Pride of the Prairie habitat, which opened
just 4 days ago and is the first zoo exhibit you encounter when leaving
the entrance/museum building and walking toward the zoo. This lion enclosure
doubles the space devoted to the sister lionesses, Zalika and Kamali. Lions
like being up high and both lions were perched at the front of their exhibit
in the shade from the pillars in front of the visitor cave's viewing area.
space also has new indoor habitat and additional off exhibit housing which
will be important in coming years as a male lion is brought to the zoo
and there will be an opportunity for breeding and let Zalika and Kamali's
genes be passed on new a new generation.
continued to Lincoln, Kansas, where I was excited to try Post Rock Restaurant
in Lincoln, Kansas this week. The Himalayan restaurant opened last year.
The small restaurant appears to have been newly purpose built in front
of the Post Rock Motel.
menu is very limited. Aside from four breakfast dishes, which are served
from 8:30-10AM, there are 8 items on the menu: cheeseburger; double cheeseburger;
fried rice (chicken, pork or veggie); pork momo; noodles chow mein (chicken
or pork); chicken curry; butter chicken; and chicken tikka masala. Dishes
run $10-14. French fries are included with the burgers and the chicken
tikka masala came with fried rice and naan.
chicken tikka masala was excellent, made with cream and butter, it had
a nice flavor, but no heat whatsoever. I like my food spicy and there was
a choice of hot sauces scattered around the tables. A little Sriracha made
it wonderful to my taste. The fried rice was good, but I thought the naan
(Indian flat bread) was so-so. It was not made in a tandoori oven. which
makes sense considering the menu.
are no appetizers and the only dessert is frozen yogurt. Beverages are
limited to bottled Pepsi products. A bottled water was $1, and was served
with a glass filled with ice.
leaving town, I photographed some post rock buildings and the Saline River
Waterfall on the south side of town.
west on K-18, I took fresh photos of some of the businesses and attractions
in Lincoln, including new photos of Toilet Bowl Plaza, where the Grass
Roots Art Center has added a scavenger hunt on a sign. Visitors are
encouraged to take selfies with 6 pieces of art around Lincoln and show
the photos at the Art Center to receive a prize.
west, the next stop was in Codell, Kansas to photograph Codell Community
Church and the Cyclone Day Memorial. The memorial was erected on May 20,
2018, on the 100th anniversary of the day that Codell was hit by a tornado
for the third year in a row. Yes there was a tornado May 20, 1916, 1917
in Hill City, Kansas, I checked into the Schweitzer Hotel. which was built
in 1886. The lobby is quite handsome and with the exception of an extremely
tiny bathroom, my room was pretty comfortable for a hotel this old. it
is a great hotel for less than $70/night including all taxes and fees.
The wifi was even good!
freshening up, I had supper at Average Joe's Bar & Grill, a few blocks
away. I had decided that I had to try them, after seeing that they have
country fried bacon on the menu. When I ordered the appetizer, the server
apologized that they were out of bacon and only had jalapeno bacon. She
said that it might not be too spicy when country fried and I explained
that I like spicy foods. She remembered that later in the meal and brought
me jalapeno ketchup before my entree.
country fried bacon was pretty tasty, made with thick lean bacon, coated
in batter, fried crispy and served with gravy for dipping. I'm glad I tried
it, but probably wouldn't get it again.
entree was fried bone in pork chops. There was 2 hand breaded fried bone
in pork chops, served with salad, roll, gravy and the choice of two sides.
$10.99! All the items on the menu were quite reasonable. The breading was
golden, crispy and tasted great. I bet their chicken fried steak is great.
salad was nothing special, but I had more food then I was going to eat.
I liked the blue cheese cole slaw. The fries were good. Not fresh cut,
but crispy outside and just right inside.
was going to try a dessert, but the server was working the restaurant and
bar, by herself, also handling many to go orders and after waiting for
her to get free, I decided to just pay and go.
exploring a little more of Hill City, I returned to the hotel for a while,
before walking one block to the new Graham County Auto and Arts Museum,
which opened last fall. It is an old service station, with two attached
buildings, one of which was moved to Hill City from Hays. Phyllis Weller,
who is one of the founders of the museum had agreed to meet me at 8PM.
Otherwise the museum is open weekends.
art gallery is in the office of the station and the work of three artists
is featured. The office also houses a small gift shop with shirts and hats
from the museum. The garage and attached buildings have about 27 cars,
plus a few motorcycles and tractors. Several of the vehicles are famous
for who once owned them, such as Alice Cooper or the Smoothers Brothers.
There is a 1863 Chevrolet Caprice Taxi which was one of four used in the
TV series "Seinfeld" and three model T's which were used in the 1973 Movie
Pride of the Prairie
Post Rock Restaurant
Chicken tikka masala
country fried bacon
Graham County Auto and Arts Museum
- August 10, 2022: Heading west on US-24, I made brief stops to photograph
a sunflower field, sand hill or Chickasaw plum trees, and the long disused
Community Church in Studley, Kansas.
the west side of Studley, I revisited Cottonwood Ranch State Historic Site.
It is closed on Wednesdays, but the grounds are open dawn to dusk. At both
this location at the Community Church there were red ant colonies with
mounds that were over 18 inches across.
Hoxie, I toured the Sheridan County Historical Society & Mickey's Museum.
The museum was started by Vernon Mickey and the main building was built
in 1963 as a replica of an early hardware store. In 1994 the museum was
donated to the county and the Historical Society became caretakers of the
museum has various items from around Sheridan County, with the largest
collections appearing to be uniforms from Hoxie High School and Sheridan
County High School. Other than some early photographs of Hoxie, the thing
I found most interesting was a collection of firearms. There is also a
room devoted to genealogical information.
with less than 30 minutes at the museum.
leaving town, there was a brief stop at the 1917 County Court House and
photographed the stained glass window on the the interior of the third
west, I went to Mingo. The world's oldest active geocache is just off I-70
at exit 62. "Geocaches" are locations which are located by GPS and this
cache is a waterproof container with a logbook for visitors to record their
visit, as well as some small trinkets which people may leave or take with
them. When I pulled up near the cache, another car pulled up and a young
couple visited the cache.
geocache was placed here on May 11, 2000, making it the the 7th cache to
be placed anywhere in the world. The coordinates are N 39° 16.677 W
100° 56.621. There are presently more than 3 million active geocaches
worldwide in 191 different countries. The individual code of this geocache
a brief stop at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center in Oakley, I had lunch
at Buffalo Bill's Bar & Grill.
It is the third time we have dined here, with the first time almost 3 years
ago after touring the newly opened Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park,
20 miles south of Oakley.
server said that the chili was still frozen solid, so they couldn't serve
chili dogs. I settled on a Ghost Burger, which has a 1/3 pound hamburger
patty topped with ghost pepper cheese, Sriracha and house made green sauce.
Pretty good!. It came with a choice of side for $8.95. I ordered the popular
homemade onion rings, which probably required an up charge, though nothing
was said about it. The onion rings were great!
asked about house made deserts and was told that a couple of the pies were
made by a baker in Oakley. The crust on my slice of apple pie was flaky
and tasted good, but there wasn't much filling. What filling there was,
was somewhat stiff and tacky. It didn't look or taste like apple, more
like mince meat.
server was busy and although she tried to be attentive, there were long
periods between her stops at the table.
had been nearly 17 years since my last tour of the Fick Fossil and History
Museum in Oakley. and I wanted to pay a new visit and take new photos of
the museum. It is actually larger than it was in 2005, with an additional
gallery at the back. The added space appears to be be fairly recent as
the displays don't feel like they are permanent. There is a 1956 Ford fire
truck. player piano, pump organ and a window and chairs from a church,
me, the most exciting part of the museum is still the prehistoric fossils,
which includes a 15 foot long Xiphactinus Audax (predatory marine bony
fish) fossil which was prepared by George Sternberg and displayed with
a mural by Chuck Bonner. There are more than 11,000 sharks teeth, many
of which are incorporated in framed art displays by Vi Fick.
driving back across I-70, I dined at Bourbon & Baker, in downtown Manhattan,
Kansas. I had visited this restaurant in September 2019 and thought it
was extremely good, but Covid and other circumstances postponed the revisit
& Baker does small plates and items come out as soon as a given dish
is ready. All of the dishes had distinctive complex flavors. This is food
which keeps your attention. First out was the $12.50 Burnt Ends CB&J
(Bourbon pork belly burnt ends confit, spiced cashew butter, peach jam,
pickled peppers, fry bread). This was good, but I would enjoy it better
without the meat.
Brussels Sprouts (olive oil, sea salt, lemon, sweet cider vinaigrette,
parmesan cheese) came next. It was the largest serving and the dish I cared
the least for. The flavor was interesting, but was stringy and tough.
$8.50 Deviled Eggs (pecan bacon, shirataki relish, roasted corn pickle
relish, chicharron, smoked paprika, Sriracha) was the star of the show.
It filled my mouth with wonderful flavors from the first bite. Really wonderful!
meal was followed by a $19 Doc Swinson's Whiskey Fight with one ounce pours
each of Doc Swinson's Alter Ego Triple Cask Bourbon, Doc Swinson's Alter
Ego Rum Cask Rye, and Doc Swinson's Blender's Cut Straight Bourbon. All
three were slightly tropical fruit like and I may have the Rye again sometime.
was no room for anything else, but Bourbon & Baker also has desserts
to go and the $10 Assorted Cookie Pack was well received at home. Each
of the four cookies was about the size of four regular cookies. My favorite
had chocolate chips, pecans, and white chocolate chips. It also had the
best snickerdoodle I've ever had.
final stops of the trip were on the University of Kansas Lawrence campus,
where I took photos of Bailey Hall where it was discovered that helium
is in natural gas from Dexter, Kansas, the grotesque statues being installed
on the outside of the Natural
History Museum, and sunset behind the World War II Memorial Campanile.
Red ant mound
Sheridan County Historical Society & Mickey's Museum
Trinkets in Mingo GC30 geocache
1956 Ford Fire Truck
Doc Swinson's Whiskey Fight
- August 13, 2022: We have been wanting to try Chef J BBQ in Kansas
City, Missouri for some time and finally made it today. It was an extremely
hot day and there were only 4 people in line when we arrive about 12 minutes
before 11:30 AM when they open. A minute later there were about 10 more
in line behind us. There was a line all the time we were there, but it
was never very long.
J BBQ opened at the beginning of Covid in 2020 in the West Bottoms' building
which houses the haunted house called the beast. Originally it was open
only for lunch on Saturdays, but the hours have slowly expanded until they
are now open until 4 PM on Thursday through Sunday.
order at a counter just inside the door and the menu is on a large board
above the counter. We ordered a 4 meat plate, selecting brisket, house
made jalapeño cheddar sausage, bacon burnt ends and pork ribs. with
hickory pit beans and smoked elotes as our choice of sides for $32 . We
also got a daily special dessert, Coconut Milk Cheesecake for $7.
meats were very good, with the pork ribs having some of the best flavor
of any ribs I have had. In my opinion they were too tender (you shouldn't
have to use a fork on ribs), but they tasted so good that wasn't a deal
breaker. My second favorite was the bacon burnt ends, though you have to
be a fan of fatty meat to appreciate them. The brisket was good as well.
favorite thing about the sausage was the house made mustard sauce that
was provided to dip it in.
liked the smoked elotes (Mexican street corn). Many online reviews complain
about it and I think the problem is that the put "(cheesy corn)" next to
the name on the menu. It isn't cheesy corn and people waning cheesy corn
are likely to be quite disappointed with it. The beans have their fans,
but neither of us cared for them. There are two types of beans and they
were not flavored with smoke or BBQ sauce. They are the only thing we didn't
finish or box to take homes.
also come with house made pickled vegetables.
had misread the sign on the cheesecake. It was good, but not what we though
we ordered. The cheesecake itself was light and delicious. We would have
liked it better without the pineapple compote and large amount of nutmeg
dusted coconut flakes on top.
vinegar based BBQ sauces come in sweet and spicy (more tangy than heat).
The thin sauces work well with the meat, but may not satisfy those who
like the think, ketchup like sauces at many KC area BBQ restaurants.
Chef J BBQ
Dinning room & counter
4 meat plate
- August 17, 2022: Today we paid visits to places in Wyandotte and
Johnson Counties. starting with lunch at Dagwood's Cafe in Kansas City,
Kansas. The breakfast and lunch restaurant's review hadn't been updated
in about 3 years. There has been a restaurant at this location sine 1938.
It is unusual in that there are counters and tables in both dining rooms.
I had a BLT and half order of onion rings. Dagwood's BLT has a half pound
of smoked bacon, fried crispy and served on texas toast with lettuce, tomato
and mayo. Most places which serve a BLT with a lot of bacon, increase the
amount of the other toppings and maybe add more bread, but Dagwood's keeps
those the same and it makes a very nice bacon dominated sandwich.
version with less bacon is available for $2.20 less.
onion rings are handmade and were good though a bit overdone. The half
order may seem a bit skimpy, but it only costs $1.99. A full order may
be a better choice.
second stop was a half mile up Southwest Boulevard at Spicin Foods. It
is an outlet store and factory where private label products are produced
for over 100 companies including Zarda, Jones BBQ and Joe's Kansas City
(Cowtown BBQ sauce and rubs).
things were removed in 2020 to allow spacing during Covid. The space has
since been filled, but with piles of boxes. The outlet store used to be
much more attractive and interesting. The tasting table, which was still
used with care in 2020 has been removed. In general, there are fewer things
offered for sale and there are no test kitchen batch BBQ spices and sauces.
up was a first time visit to Fairway Creamery in Fairway, Kansas. The ice
cream and donut shop was opened by Christopher Elbow in 2019, but was sold
to an asset management company at the beginning of the year. It was about
1:30 PM and there was a choice of only 6 styles of donuts available, none
of which were ones I normally pick. I did get a cup with two of the house
churned ice creams, Cookies & Cream, and Roasted Red Pepper. The Cookies
& Cream was very good. An entire scoop of the Roasted Red Pepper was
more than I really wanted. A small serving would make a nice nonalcoholic
supper, we tried out Hummus and Pita, the falafel restaurant which opened
3 weeks ago in the downtown Overland Park space formerly used by The Snack
Shack. The already small kitchen is now smaller, leaving a little more
space for customers. Two of the three counters where people used to eat
are now gone, but there are now 5 small tables. The restaurant is halal,
which means it adheres to Islamic law and the meat has been slaughtered
in a manner similar to kosher.
ordered at the counter and were told when the food was ready, with all
the dishes coming out at different times. First out was the hummus &
pita which we both though was quite good and even though it was served
a Styrofoam plate, was possibly the most attractive presentation we have
had of the chickpea based dip.
like the ability to order individual kabobs rather than having to order
a meal, and got two large Chicken Kabobs, a Lamb Sandwich and Frishawarma
(Fries with chicken shawarma, garlic, cheese and pomegranate sauce). I
would gladly repeat the kabobs or sandwich, but while I enjoyed some bites
of the Frishawarma, overall I thought was just OK.
will definitely dine here again.
BLT & onion rings
- August 18, 2022: We uploaded a new review of Bourbon
& Baker, in downtown Manhattan, Kansas. I just wish it wasn't so
- August 19, 2022: I paid a fourth visit to Snackle Box at the Wyandotte
County Lake Marina in Kansas City, Kansas. This time arriving at 10:10
AM to order breakfast before they stopped serving at 10:30. The same woman
who had been there on the 9th remembered me and asked if I wanted the Big
Country Breakfast. While waiting for it to be prepared, it became obvious
that the second woman was there to learn the ropes and start cooking one
day a week.
$10.99 Big Country Breakfast includes chicken fried steak, gravy, 2 eggs,
hash browns and toast with jelly. Actually, there were 2 four ounce chicken
fried steaks. They came right from the freezer and were unimpressive. the
gravy is house made and better. Actually the (choice whole wheat) toast
and eggs were good and the hash browns surprisingly good for reconstituted
freeze dried. I would get all but the chicken fried steak again.
Big Country Breakfast
- August 20, 2022: We uploaded a new review of The
Snackle Box in Kansas City, Kansas.
- August 24, 2022: We uploaded a new review of Mingo
GC30, the world's oldest active geocache, which is just off I-70 neat
Colby, Kansas. A second page was uploaded about the Sheridan
County Historical Society & Mickey's Museum in Hoxie, Kansas.
- August 26, 2022: On a southeast Kansas day trip which began with
a stop at Luther's Smokehouse (AKA Jerky
USA) in Leroy, Kansas My first visit to this restaurant & convenience
store was in 2006 and while I have returned several years, it had been
about 9 years since the last visit. Luther started producing his delicious
jerky in 1974, and it became prominent when Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant
construction workers from around the country started buying.
I first went to Luther's they sold their own beef, buffalo & turkey
jerky, pemmican, buffalo sausage. They have stopped producing many of these
items, but still have various beef jerkies, ground & pressed pork &
beef jerky, beef sticks, and summer sausage.
prices posted are for cash. There is an additional 3% for cash.
next stop was at Woodruff Branch Falls
at Wilson State Fishing Lake near Buffalo, Kansas. During the hike to the
falls, there were many attractive large blue thistles. At least I thought
they were thistles, it turns out they are Leavenworth's eryngo (Eryngium
leavenworthii) which is also called purple pineapple and in the parsley
wasn't' surprising that they was no water going over the falls at Woodruff
Branch Falls in late August. The bare cliff was a contrast to the last
time we were there in 2021. Several pieces of the edge of the cliff have
broken off since last summer and it looks like this waterfall will continue
to erode and change each year.
was at Prairie Nut Hut in Altoona, Kansas,
a little farther south the Nut Hut has been a favorite of mine since I
first dined there in 2007, but I have not been there in 3 years. The floors
were clean and it was hard making myself throw peanut shells on the floor
as I had some of the nuts which were in a bowl on the table.
addition to the good mountain oysters, the bar & grill is named for,
they have excellent burgers and I ordered the Rohr burger, which is #4
on our list of Best Kansas Burgers. The Rohr has grilled red onions, mushrooms
and Swiss cheese, is juicy and tender despite being cooked well done. The
usually great home fries did not taste fresh and were disappointing. It
made it easy to limit the meal to the burger, which was handy because I
was trying another Kansas Best Burger
a few miles farther down K-75.
second half of lunch was at Beef Burger
Bob's in Neodesha. The last time here had been March 2019. I had a
small beef burger with Swiss cheese and small order of onion strings. The
burger was good as usual and the Swiss cheese was a nice addition. The
standard condiments that come with it are mustard, onion and pickle, but
I think I will enjoy it more if they leave off the pickle in the future.
onion straws were much more salty that I remember, but still great. I intended
to just have a few of them, but they were soon all gone. I planned on getting
pie, but Tony said it was too hot to bake.
prices are unchanged since I was last here over three years ago!
hadn't been to Cherryvale since 2009 when we tried hard to visit the Leatherock
Hotel Bed & Breakfast and Museum. The hotel is now Cherryvale Bed and
Breakfast and restoration continues. The museum is now Cherryvale Historical
Museum, has a building of its own and keeps regular hours on Sunday afternoons.
We need to get back here some Sunday.
Dalton Defenders Museum in Coffeyville moved from its former location in
2022 and is now in a former bank building and the name is now the Dalton
Defenders & Coffeyville History Museum. It feels like there is less
focus on the people who defeated the Dalton Gang when it attempted to rob
two Coffeyville banks at the same time in 1892. This is probably an acknowledgment
of the interest in the gang by out of town visitors and the room devoted
to the gang is probably the highlight of most visits. My favorite rooms
were the "Notable Names" room with short histories of famous people with
Coffeyville connections and the "Walter Johnson - The Big Train" room devoted
to the major league baseball player who was born in Humboldt, Kansas and
grew up in Coffeyville.
are a lot of firearms displayed throughout the museum.
Independence, I revisited the Independence Historical Museum & Art
Center to photograph the main floor exhibit rooms, including the Baseball
Room which has material from Mickey Mantle's time as an Independence Yankee.
had super at Sam's Southern Eatery. The service was friendly, but slow
and the dinning room I was in was ignored for a long period of time. I
got the $6.99 fried green tomato appetizer and the $15.99 three fish &
three shrimp combo with red beans & rice, and coleslaw.
tomatoes were tough in a way I've never had before. I couldn't cut them
with a fork and all of the coating broke off when I tried. One slice was
as much as I wanted. The catfish and shrimp had the same batter and were
fairly good. The red beans and rice were much better when the server finally
returned to the room and I could request some hot sauce for the.
I dined there, I read that the thing you must try is their fried pies.
Unfortunately, they are not listed on the menu and the server never said
anything about them. I would have asked about desserts, but I had already
been there longer than anticipated and didn't ask.
highlight of the trip was an early evening hike at Elk River Hiking Trail.
The 15 mile trail is rated rugged and follows the shore of Elk City Lake
and Elk River. It was 99 degrees most of the afternoon, but a front went
through late in the afternoon and it was down to about 88 when I went out.
I had an hour and a half and only did the first stretch of the trail from
the east trail head, but thoroughly enjoyed the huge boulders and narrow
passages. There is a lot of rise and fall to the slope and the trail gains
and loses several hundred feet along this stretch.
wouldn't return to this trail until after the first freeze of the fall.
There are many oak trees and apparently this is a bad year for oak leaf
itch mites in this area. The mites are microscopic, can not be seen and
go wherever the wind takes the, so repellent does not work. The bites manifest
like pimples 12-36 hours later. They are very itchy! I stopped counting
at 40 bites!
was the last stop of the day.
Woodruff Branch Falls
Beef burger & onion straws
Elk River Hiking Trail
- August 28, 2022: We uploaded a new review of Hunsinger
Sunflower Patch, a 6 acre sunflower farm on the south side of Lawrence,
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