Living full time in our motor home allows us to be Ready To Go. . .on to the next adventure!

Lake Shawnee Campground - Topeka KS

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hmmm. . .well this is a big difference. . .

Ah. . .well, I’m always tickled to show you when

we have a really great spot to be in. . .

so in fairness. . .let me show you how it is at other times. . .

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still fine. . .just a wee bit different than our weekend getaway. . .right?

The Woodlands RV Park

Wellington KS

50A FHU – WiFi – Cable $20. . .

not bad for an overnight stop

we didn’t even unhook the Jeep. . .

 

We passed the KOA in town. . .it looks very similar. . .$35

so for about half the price. . . this is great. . .yaaaa!


Oklahoma City tomorrow. . .see you there,

Janice and Dave

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Kansas State Capitol–Topeka


David and Janice - Kansas State Capitol - Topeka KS
Saturday morning found us on the steps of the
Kansas State Capitol
Kansas State Capitol - Topeka KS
recently restored and refurbished
spectacular
Capitol Architecture - Kansas State Capitol - Topeka KS
there are no tours on Saturday. . .
so once again we found ourselves exploring every nook and cranny. . .
the architecture is wonderful. . .
and they were kind enough to leave the galleries open,
so we could sit and enjoy the House and Senate Chambers. . .
I rarely try to get pics of them. . .it just doesn’t translate. . .
but they were very beautiful. . .and functional. . .
Murals of life in KS were grand - as were marble statues of famed Kansans - Kansas State Capitol - Topeka KS
fabulous artwork and sculptures in the rotunda. . .
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President Eisenhower has a well deserved spot right outside the
door of the Governor’s Office. . .
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this is the Governor’s “Presentation” Office. . .where news conferences are conducted. . .
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would love to know the story of this washstand,
which was located in the corner of the “presentation office”
Dome of the Rotunda - Kansas State Capitol - Topeka KS
and of course, my favorite thing is always
the dome of the rotunda. . .isn’t it divine?
See those columns and railings?
If you are on a tour, you get to go all the way up to those,
and look out those windows. . .
I wanted to do that so bad. . .but alas. . .no access on Saturdays. . .boo hoo!
and the rest of the pics we took. . .
on Sunday, we chose to worship with the Apostolics of Topeka
we appreciated the warm welcome, and enjoyed our visit very much. . .
Lake Shawnee Campground 50A Water/Electric only $20 
this is how I spent part of Sunday afternoon. . .reading a magazine,
Lake Shawnee Campground 50A Water/Electric only $20
enjoying the view. ..and being thankful for all our blessings. . .

See you next time somewhere between here and Oklahoma City. . .
‘til then,
Janice and Dave

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Dave Scores Big in Topeka. . .way to go!

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is this perfect or what?  We are able to pull head in for a beautiful view

from the Campground at Lake Shawnee. . .

50A Water/Electric -  $20. . .lovely!

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view out the front. . .

Dave tells me, “Babe. . .I got you Nature and a State Capitol. . .all in one fell swoop!”

way to go Dave. . .I love it!

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and as an added bonus. . .Travel Bug Susan and Bob were arriving in

Topeka the same day as us. . .and made contact. . .

so we were able to meet, and get acquainted. . .

always great to meet fellow bloggers on the road. . .

their plan had been to roll in, go do their walk,

and roll on out to Lincoln NE. . .

since they had a much longer travel day than anticipated,

they decided to stay the night right next door to us. . .

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yaaa. . .extra time to get acquainted. . .loved it!

They are here to participate in a Capitol Volksmarch. . .

you can read more about it on their blog. . .check it out!

 

See you next time at the Kansas State Capitol. . .

‘til then,

Janice and Dave

 

 

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I want to give a big Happy 16th Birthday shout out

to one of the loves of my life. . .

my next to youngest Grand. . .

Miss Morgan Sierra Evans. . .

Look at this adorable little tyke. . .

I BLINKED. . .and she GREW UP on me. . .

boggles my mind. . .

Love you MO MO. . .

you’ll always be this little cherub in my mind. . .

 

Christmas at the RV - Green Caye - with the kids and the Grands

a much more current pic of my four loves. . .

Miss Morgan on the left. . .

 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Accidentally in Kansas City Missouri

Travel Day - Jefferson City MO to Kansas City MO

oh yes. . .once again we pull out to this. . .

when we left Jefferson City it was on misting. . .

but as the morning progressed, it increased to down pour. . .

which seems just crazy to travel in, when it’s not necessary. . .

so knowing we were coming up on Kansas City,

I hunted us up a place to pull into for the night. . .

Blue Ridge Campground - County Park - Kansas City MO - 50A FHU $28

Blue Springs Campground – a Jackson County Park – Lee’s Summit Missouri

this will do nicely. . .50A FHU $28 a night. . .

and since this is supposed to continue tomorrow, we’ll stay two nights please. . .

the view out our window this morning. . .

the view out our window this morning. . .never gets old. . .

WoodYard Barbecue - Kansas City KS

Since we missed having Kansas City Barbecue the last time we were here. . .

we’ll take this opportunity to make up for it. . .

 

Brainstorm. . .let’s ask on RV Tips where we can get some REAL AUTHENTIC KC BBQ. . .right? 

 

There’s 22,000 people in that group.. .they should have some good ideas. . .

and boy. . .did they ever. . .thanks guys! 

 

As soon as someone mentioned WoodYard, I remembered that our RV friends,

Margery and Paul had eaten there, so I went to check out their blogpost about it. . .

they liked it. . .let’s choose that one. . .

WoodYard Barbecue - Kansas City KS

great choice. . .you could smell and see the smoke the minute you drove up. . .

we chose spareribs, as M&P advised. . .so, so great. . .

smoky, tender. . .did not even need sauce. . .

and I’m pretty sure the creamed corn I ate needs to be repented over. . .divine!

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featured on Triple D, and Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations on the Travel Channel. . .

well deserved. . .

Kansas, Missouri, Kansas City (9)

it’s still gray and gloomy. . .we’re not doing any sightseeing while we are here. ..

but we did drive around to check out the lake. . .nice!

 

See you next time in Topeka. . .

Janice and Dave

 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

State Capitol of Missouri–Jefferson City

Missouri State Capitol at Jefferson City MO

it was obvious from a distance that it was going to be great. . .  

Missouri State Capitol at Jefferson City MO

and it did not disappoint. . .this State Capitol is the most similar to the White House we think. . .

see all those lovely stairs. . .

Missouri State Capitol at Jefferson City MO

once we climbed all those, and went through these beautiful doors,

Missouri State Capitol at Jefferson City MO

look what greeted us. . .LOL!

guess what was at the top. . .

Missouri State Capitol at Jefferson City MO

ha ha ha ha ha. . .gonna get our workout today boys. . .

off to the Information Desk we go. . .

only to discover, that retirement has truly caught up with us. . .

and we have lost all track of time. . .it’s lunch time. . .

no more tours for two hours. . .uh oh. . .

well, that’s okay. . .we’ll just do a self guided tour. . .get the pamphlet. . .

Missouri State Capitol at Jefferson City MO

we wandered up and down.. .

around and about. . .through every hallway. . .

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explored every crevice and cranny that wasn’t locked. . .

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met a few famous Missourians (I asked what they called themselves)

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visited with Mr Twain for a bit. . .

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enjoyed wandering through the exhibits of the

Missouri State Museum. . .housed in the wings of the first floor. . .

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hope you’ve enjoyed our tour of

the Missouri State Capitol as much as we did. . .

 

See you next time in Topeka,

Janice and Dave

 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Travel Day–Off to Jefferson City Missouri

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yup. . .another one of those days. . .

we’ve seemed to have a few of these lately. . .

didn’t last long,

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and a nice reward at the end of 3 1/2 hours. . .

a lovely spot in Binder Lake Campground which actually is

a Jefferson City – City Park. . .only about 18 spots. . .

50A claims to be FHU and there is sewer at every site. . .BUT. . .

two sites share a spigot. . .so you need a LOT of water hose. . .

we chose to just run off our fresh water tanks . . .

at $15 a night. . .it’s a steal. . .

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and look at this peaceful view I’ve had while sitting at my computer. . .

watching the squirrels leaping through the tree canopy. . .

and the birds. . .very, very nice!

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and although the Campground is not right on Lake Binder. . .

it is easily within walking distance. . .

with lots of hiking and biking trails also available. . .

 

We are enjoying it very much,

See you next time at the Missouri State Capitol. . .

Janice and Dave

 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Springfield Illinois–the ORDER we WISH we would have seen things in. . .

 

Now, don’t get me wrong. . .

there’s no wrong way to go about seeing “All Things Lincoln”

in the City of Springfield’s Living History Museum. . .

 

Everywhere you go in the Downtown area is another wonderful discovery. . .

however. . .

having ran our little legs off for 5 days straight. . .

we wish we would have done things in this order. . .

just because we think it would have enhanced the experience. . .

Lincoln Home - Mr Lincoln's Neighborhood

#1 -  the Lincoln Home National Historic Site

this is where Lincoln’s life in Springfield began. . .where the story started. . .

Lincoln Square - Lincoln Law Office

#2 – Lincoln – Herndon Law Offices

where Mr Lincoln began to make a name for himself

Old Illinois State Capitol

#3 – The Old State Capitol

where Mr Lincoln argued cases before the Supreme Court,

and began his political career. . .

even though the building is just a replica of the original,

there’s still a fabulous story to be told inside those walls. . .

Lincoln Depot

#4 – The Great Western Depot – where President Lincoln elect

gave his farewell address to the people of Springfield from the back of the train. . .

Go inside, and see the memorabilia. . .we regret missing that part,

but we thought it was a private law office. . .and learned differently later.

Lincoln Presidential Museum

and then perhaps the Presidential Museum and Library. . .

we saw those first, and loved EVERYTHING about them. . .

but, I really think we could have appreciated them even more. . .

had we seen the previous sites I have outlined. . .

be sure to see the model replica of the FUNERAL TRAIN

at the Presidential Library. . .no pics were allowed. . .

but it was quite something to see. . .

Amtrak Station where Lincoln's Funeral Train Arrived

followed by a stop at the Amtrak Station where the funeral train arrived in Springfield. . .

Lincoln's Tomb

and then to Oak Ridge Cemetery and Lincoln’s Tomb. . .

 

We really hope you enjoy all of Springfield as much as we have,

and will drop us a line to share your experience. . .

EvansEscapades@gmail.com

 

DON”T miss the Springfield Convention and Visitor’s Bureau

where you can pick up brochures and info for all these

wonderful venues. . .and your complimentary parking pass

courtesy of the City of Springfield. . .

 

and of course. . .Springfield is the Capitol of Illinois. . .

so a tour of the State Capitol Building is always in order. . .

 

This may have been my favorite stop of the summer. . .

Enjoy,

Janice and Dave