Our trip from East St. Louis, IL to Kansas City, MO was 254 miles of monotonous interstate driving under overcast skies but at least no rain. There are not many pictures of the trip as it just the same-o, same-o.
We are staying at an amusement park - the Worlds of Fun RV Park
- which is a very nice and convenient place to stay, just off I-435. It has very long, level, concrete pull-throughs with 50 amp, water, sewer, cable and decent WiFi. Satellite sighting was quick and we have very strong Verizon coverage. Each site has a very nice picnic table on a concrete patio area surrounded by small cedars with a grill also provided. Once it gets warm enough, they also have a nice pool area as well. In addition to the Worlds of Fun Amusement Park, their Oceans of Fun Water Park is also next to the RV Park. Cabins and cottages are also available. All of this at a cost of a little over half of what we paid at the Casino Queen.
Thursday we went touring. First a trip to Independence, MO just a few miles east of Kansas City. Independence is well known as a jumping off point for the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California Trails with thousands of wagons departing every week. It is also the home of Harry S. Truman, a local judge and our 33rd president. While in Independence we took a mule-drawn wagon ride provided by Pioneer Trails Adventures
around the town. The driver/owner is a delight to listen to as he tells stories of the early years about the wagon trains, Frank James, Quantrill's Raiders, the civil war, the long-standing antagonism between Kansas and Missouri, and the Truman's early life and post-presidency. He covered a lot in a 45 minute ride.
We next headed into Kansas City to drive through the downtown portion, also viewing the Union Station
and the Liberty Memorial at the National World War I Museum
before getting some outstanding barbeque at the famous Joes' Kansas City BBQ
, formerly known as Oklahoma Joe's BBQ.
Friday we met up with my cousin Terry, his wife Wakita, and daughter Kellen, for a magnificent Italian meal at Cascone's North
and some catching up on old times. Their son, Derek, wasn't able to be with us do to other commitments but it was really good to see them again. It had been almost 19 years since we had seen Terry when he married our daughter, Misty to her first husband. And it was much longer than that since we saw the rest of the family. That made our Kansas City visit complete!
Saturday was spent tinkering around the Mothership, fixing our large awning when it decided to come apart while coming in, and just getting ready for tomorrow's trip to South Sioux City, NE where we will spend the next three nights before heading into South Dakota.