Saturday, April 30. I cannot believe this is the last day of April.
Lynd and I have had a marvelous day. It started out rainy early this morning, but gradually cleared off into a beautiful day. To get out adventures started today, we crossed the Kansas River into the city of Lawrence and visited the University of Kansas. It is a large campus and like VT has lots of construction all over the main portion of the campus. We attempted to go to the visitor's center, but it was closed today. There were several places named Naismith: Naismith Hall, Naismith Dr. Naismith Athletic Facilities. I assume he was from Kansas, but cannot prove that since we could not get into the visitor's center and I am too tired to look it up on Google.
After leaving Lawrence, we ventured to Oskaloosa, KS to see the "Old Jefferson Town". Guess what, it was closed too. Does not open for tourists until May! We see vast fields for farming in this very rural part of Kansas, but very few cattle and little to no wildlife. We are about 20 miles west of Kansas City. It is amazing how rural it is being so close to a large city. Next we went to the town of Atchison. This is the birthplace of Amelia Earhart. We saw the house where she grew up with her grandparents. The house was built in 1860 and sits on a bluff above the Missouri River. It is a very prestigious location in Achison. We toured the house, which was really lovely. We moved on to Warnock Lake just outside of Achison. On the hillside above the lake is a depiction of Earhart made from natural materials including stone, shrubs, grasses and flowers. From there we went into the International Forest of Friendship which is a tribute to Amelia Earhart. The trees are donated from all 50 states and 35 foreign countries. This is an inspiring place. It was created by Joseph M. Carrigan (1916-1996) who planned and planted the gardens and was the caretaker for its first 20 years. Each tree is labeled with its name and its state or country of origin on an engraved granite stone placed into the ground beside the tree. The tree from Virginia is the flowering dogwood, Montana is the Ponderosa Pine, Ireland is the Hawthorne and Poland is the Sawtooth Pine. This is a beautiful place and I wish we could have stayed longer than we did. What a great tribute to Amelia Earhart.
From there we went to Leavenworth, KS. This was the 1st city in Kansas. Fort Leavenworth was established in 1827 and is the oldest Army Post in continuous existence west of the Missouri River. Col. Henry Leavenworth was in charge of this fort for 30 years. We drove by Ft. Leavenworth and also by Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary but of course we did not go inside either place as they are closed to the public, thankfully.
Further down the road we went into Lenexa, KS and found the Legler Stone Barn, built in 1864 and is used today as a museum. Lenexa was a beautiful town, a suburb of KC. Across from the stone barn is a beautiful park with water, walking paths,a skateboard area, etc. It was beautifully landscaped and you just wanted to stay awhile there.
By now, it was time to venture into KC and get to that barbecue. We dined at one of several of Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue Restaurants. WE ate too much and brought left-overs home for an additional meal. It was as good as advertised, so when you are in KC, get some of their famous barbecue.
It was difficult to select pictures from today's adventures, but I thought you would enjoy the Amelia Earhart home pictures and the stone barn. Sorry, no trees from the Forest of Friendship. Hard to get good pictures close enough to really appreciate the trees.
Have a great rest of your weekend. Tomorrow is a travel day for us. We will talk again later. Take care.