Presidents Day: Midwesterners who served in the White House

About a third of American Presidents (15 of 44) have Midwestern roots. Can you name them? Only kidding. The quiz comes at the end of the post. We’ve visited seven locations related to our presidents, with six of them belonging to the Midwest. In addition, Rapid City, SD, is home to Mount Rushmore, honoring four […]

Black History Month: Learning about our Midwestern neighbors

It continues to amaze me how many people of significance come from the Midwest. As we travel around our 12-state region, I learn more than I ever could have in school about this area. I recall learning about George Washington Carver as a kid in school, and his role with studying the peanut. Little did […]

Lisa’s 2016 adventure travel bucket list

It’s 2016. A brand new year of possibilities.  I have also recently turned another year older. It makes me realize how many things I still want to try. I want to stretch myself this year and – besides hitting new destinations during our travels – I want to try new experiences. I have decided to […]

Forget the ‘Seven Wonders’ of the world, the Midwest has its share of the world’s largest attractions

The Midwest has long been considered “Flyover Country” between the coasts. But, if people take the region for granted, they miss out on a lot of interesting attractions and some of the nicest people in the world. For instance, did you know that the Midwest is home to the world’s largest buffalo? Or bull? How […]

Millie Mouse’s great adventures

BY Millie Mouse First, I have to thank Bill Denney of Little Bill’s cheese emporium in Kansas City (MO) for letting me travel with The Walking Tourists this year. I had a blast! Lisa and Tim took me with the on their trip around the world. At least, it felt like that to me. I’ve […]

Overland Park’s Prairiefire combines history, shopping

“Jurassic World” goes shopping is one way to describe Overland Park’s Prairiefire retail and entertainment district. The Kansas City suburb is home to the local chapter of the American Museum of Natural History and some upscale shopping. The Museum at Prairiefire may be the best attraction at the center. It’s home to the fossils of […]

Overland Park Arboretum beauty abounds

We lucked out and caught the tail end of fall season at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The Kansas suburb of Kansas City has a beautiful nature center. We picked a beautiful day to take a walk through the 300-acre park. About 85 percent of the arboretum is set aside to preserve and […]

Midwest Christmas celebrations

The turkey has been stuffed. OK, I’ve been stuffed…with turkey and stuffing, and all the fixin’s our daughter Steph made for us. So, now, our attention to turns to the Christmas season. We love decorations and lights. This will be year 3 of no Christmas tree or indoor decorations. Our cat-son Gus loves shiny objects, […]

Midwest Halloween season means pumpkins and frights

The haunting season is upon us. In a few weeks, little monsters, goblins and even some super heroes will be knocking on doors and begging for treats (I’m more of a pull tricks on the little creatures kinda guy). But, since some of us (as Lisa has reminded me several years) are too old to […]

Eisenhower Museum covers military, political careers

A visit to the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum will be heavy on World War II, and a little lighter on Ike’s presidency. The Abilene, Kansas, presidential center includes five attractions of sorts – Dwight Eisenhower’s boyhood home, a visitors center, a meditation place, the presidential museum and the presidential library. Abilene was the hometown […]

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