Indiana!

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This is the view from my RV park! Awesome!

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I entered the state of Indiana as I headed east from St. Louis. It is fun to cross into a new state in the motorhome. There are rolling hills filled with greenery of various crops. I stopped at Horseshoe Bend RV Campground in Leavenworth, Indiana.

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One fun aspect is that the RV park is right on the Ohio river. The park has a boat ramp this gives ready access to the water. For someone that has lived most of their life in a desert, it is wonderful to be next to a flowing river. After setting up the motorhome, I jumped in the Jeep and drove up and down the country road to see different views of the river. The scenery was spectacular!

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I loved this barn!

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This home has character!

Leavenworth is a very small town. I found Stephenson’s General Store as the place to “hang out” in town. They sold everything imaginable, including sandwiches and drinks, so I bought lunch and wandered throughout the store.

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This was a fun store! They sold everything imaginable!

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Kansas City Royals

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George Brett was a great player for the Royals back when I lived in Kansas City.

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Fountains are famous throughout Kansas City, so it is appropriate that they are an important part of the baseball stadium!

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Friends I met at the RV rally invited me to join them at the baseball game!

We bought tickets to watch the Kansas City Royals play the Oakland Athletics. Although I watched one spring training game, this is the first time I attended a major league baseball game in years. The current stadium is newer from when I lived in Kansas City. We arrived early enough so we could walk all around the stadium. The famous fountains are beautiful!

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Kansas City, Missouri

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Satchel Paige got his start in the American Negro league baseball and made it into Major League Baseball.

Today I drove from Sedalia to Independence, Missouri with two friends (Deb and Jim) I met at the Escapade. We left in a rain storm but had beautiful weather when we arrived in Independence. We had a very busy day visiting several famous areas in town.

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We first went to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. I was not sure I would find it interesting, but I thought it was extremely fascinating. I loved learning about the history and some of the famous players who made it into the major leagues.

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This is a wonderful painting in the museum.

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The American Jazz Museum was right next door to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, so we visited it too. I do not know much about music, but it was interesting to learn about melody, harmony, tempo, etc. and how jazz developed. Louis Armstrong was highlighted along with many other musicians.

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We next visited an open jam session place called Knuckleheads Saloon. One band would play a few songs and then another band would come up and replace them. It was very nice to listen to live music from local musicians!

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The open jam session was wonderful! I loved all the different bands!

 

 

After visiting these museums, we were hungry. I told Deb and Jim about Arthur Bryant’s BBQ and Gate’s BBQ. We found Arthur Bryant’s very close to where we were at, so that is where we went. Inside were photos of Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, John McCain, and others eating at the restaurant.

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Sedalia, Missouri

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I loved this beautiful historic car!!

After an excellent Escapade RV rally at the Missouri State Fair Grounds, I had the opportunity to spend the afternoon in Sedalia. It was fun because there was a Ragtime Festival going on at the time.

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I really enjoyed listening to the live music. I especially enjoyed the upbeat songs!

Kansas Cider

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This cider mill was very fun to visit!

One of the extra fun things about traveling is the unexpected discoveries. I drove through most of Kansas today and stopped for the day in Louisburg, on the outskirts of Kansas City, Kansas. I am actually very close to the Missouri border.

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As I was driving to my RV park, I passed the Louisburg Cider Mill. I went to my RV park and hooked up electric and water to the motorhome, unhitched the Jeep, and immediately drove to the Cider Mill. What a fun discovery! The sell wonderful cider so I bought a jug. I also bought a cider slushy and a t-shirt. They had cider flavored donuts, and all kinds of spices and snacks. I had never heard of the place, but I loved the time I spent there!

Eddie’s BBQ

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Absolutely wonderful barbecue in Lubbock, Texas! And it has a great name too!

Texas barbecue is famous and I have enjoyed eating it at multiple different restaurants. In Lubbock I was looking at restaurants that were highly rated. I discovered one with my name in the title so I had to try Eddie’s BBQ.

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Fantastic brisket!

I had a chopped brisket sandwich and absolutely loved it!

Texas Flowers

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The bluebonnet flowers are so delicate and beautiful!

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I enjoyed a drive in the Texas hill country and went on a drive from Austin to Marble Falls. I especially enjoyed the spring flowers! The bluebonnet flowers in Texas are quite famous and I loved taking photos of them in different locations. It is tricky to take flower photos on a windy day, but I still had a wonderful time!

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These flowers are spectacular!

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