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Shawnee Mission Off Leash Dog Park - Lenexa, Kansas
Tuesday - November 5, 2019: I had lunch at the new Doc Green's Salads & Grill, which opened last week in Olathe. This is the first Kansas City area location for the small Wichita based chain. There was a long line for ordering and I enjoyed listening to the woman behind me going on about how wonderful the menu is. She was already planning what she would order for her second visit on the following day.

I ordered the Dr. Detroit (baby spinach, roasted button mushrooms, bacon, sliced egg and chunky bleu cheese dressing), which is one of the least expensive items on the menu at only 7.95. I asked for it "chopped," which most people appeared to do, even though it isn't as attractive.

The spinach salad was served in a bowl designed to make the serving look larger. It tasted good, but I wish it had actually been larger. It wasn't a very large salad for a dinner salad.

The menu also includes sandwiches, wraps, soups and four entrees. The typical meal will probably be $10-13. More if you add meat to the salad.

We added a new page about Luigi's Italian Restaurant in Ottawa, Kansas. 

 

Doc Green's Salads and Grill - Olathe, Kansas Salad fixings at Doc Greens

Doc Greens spinach salad Dr. Detroit

 
Thursday - November 7, 2019: We added a new page about the Pratt County Historical Museum in Pratt, Kansas.

 

 
Saturday - November 9, 2019: We made a long overdue return visit to Fritz's Railroad Restaurant in Kansas City, Kansas. Having your order delivered by Skat Cat at the more than 40 year old Restaurant is almost as much a treat as the great food that is delivered. 

This is the original location, which we think has better atmosphere and food than the Kansas City, Missouri and Shawnee, Kansas locations. I've enjoyed their chili in the past, so today I ordered to of the sandwiches which include chili, the Poor Dan Senior (1/4 pound hot dog with cheese, chili, mustard and pickles served on a long seeded bun) and the Freddie Burger (1/8 pound hamburger topped with chili, cheese, grilled onions, mustard and pickles on a seeded bun). They are great if you like drive-in style food.

It was a beautiful Fall day, so we drove through Shawnee Mission Park on our way home. The fall colors are definitely past their peak, but it still a beautiful fall day. Many people were enjoying Shawnee Mission Lake this afternoon. The photo at the right shows part of the crowd at the Shawnee Mission Off Leash Dog Park.

 

Chili Dog at Fritz's Railroad Restaurant Poor Dan Senior at Fritz's Railroad Restaurant

Shawnee Mission Off Leash Dog Park Shawnee Mission Off Leash Dog Park

Saturday - November 16, 2019: For lunch, we revisited Sinbad's Grill in Overland Park, Kansas, which opened in April. The small Mediterranean restaurant has quickly developed a great reputation. Linda was delighted to learn that they have added unsweetened tea. We had shawarma and a gyro, but were very good. Their French fries are still so-so.

In the afternoon, I scouted southeast Johnson County for spots to photograph Big Boy steam locomotive No. 4014 when it is traveling between Osawatomie, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri tomorrow. I saw other cars that appeared to have people doing the same thing, though I only compared notes with one of them.

I spotted the nice mural at the right on the building housing Rye Studio in Stilwell, Kansas.
 
 


 
 
 

Rye Studio - Stilwell, Kansas Rye Studio

Sunday - November 17, 2019: This afternoon, I returned to one of the spots which I had scouted yesterday, just northeast of Bucyrus, Kansas. On the way there, I saw many people waiting for Big Boy steam locomotive No. 4014, including a large group crossing a farm field on ATVs to get to a position.

There were already many vehicles parked at the intersection of Antioch and 215th Street, but their passengers were all crowded right next to the tracks. I selected a spot farther from the tracks where the light was coming from a better direction. As I heard the train approaching, I decided to video, rather than take still pictures. The video still gave me a chance to use stills like the one to the right.
  
 

Big Boy steam locomotive - Bucyrus, Kansas No. 4014
 
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