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Kansas City, MO - Worlds of Fun RV Park - site 48

Kansas City, MO - Worlds of Fun RV Park - site 48,...

Kansas City, MO - Worlds of Fun RV Park - site 48,...

East St. Louis, IL - Kansas City, MO 0 - our route...

East St. Louis, IL - Kansas City, MO 1

East St. Louis, IL - Kansas City, MO 2 - the Missouri...

East St. Louis, IL - Kansas City, MO 3

East St. Louis, IL - Kansas City, MO 4

East St. Louis, IL - Kansas City, MO 5 - the whole...

Part of downtown Independence, MO - most of downtown is in a...

The Historic Truman Courthouse

another of the streets around the square

The Gilbert Whitney store

another of the stores around the square

the Harry S. Truman statue outside the courthouse

the marker for the Sante Fe Trail, also near the courthouse

one of the beautiful churches near downtown Independence

the house where Bess Truman was born

a mural on one of the buildings near downtown depicting the famous...

the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library

the front of the Truman home in Independence

the side.

the original 1827 Jackson County log courthouse where Judge Harry S. Truman...

Trip 13 - the Temple of the Community of Christ a little...

the Kansas City skyline as we come back into Kansas City

a mural on one of the downtown buildings

and another

more construction as we drive on the streetcar tracks

Union Station

a fountain in front of Union Station

The Liberty Memorial at the National World War I Museum

Joe's Kansas City BBQ, formerly Oklahoma Joe's BBQ, where we had really...

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.

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