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Sep 18, 2019 - Abilene, Kansas

Leaving Dodge City behind we headed back out Hwy 50 to Hwy 56 to 156 and finally to I-70 to Abilene, KS where we stayed at Covered Wagon RV Park. On our travel on I-70 through Salina, KS we couldn't get over how green and hilly the area was. Amazing what you always imagine an area will look like. Nothing like we imagined. Interesting park as the young man that handled our registration and parked us looked to be about 18. He did all the work at the park and seemed in charge??? Nice park! We came here to visit Dwight D. Eisenhower's...

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Fall 2019

May 11, 2019 - From Here to Abilene

Saturday, May 11. Portland. We pulled out of our driveway about 1 PM. Julie and Michael were in the RV with us. They’d flown into SeaTac the evening before to help celebrate Mother’s Day with Mary Anne. A couple of hours later we put into Jantzen Beach RV Park, unhooked the Fit, and drove it to James and Christina’s place. That’s where Mother’s Day was celebrated twenty-four hours early! Michael & Julie stayed with them. Miles this day: 111 Sunday, May 12. Eastern Oregon. After church, we headed east on I-84. We stopped at Multnomah Falls,...

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2019 Trip Journal

May 7, 2019 - Abilene, Kansas

From OKC, we headed to Abilene, KS to visit the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. Unfortunately, our timing is poor as the museum is closed for renovation. They have placed some 200 artifacts in the library, but the presentation was not ideal. Additionally, it has been pouring all day! Abilene reminds us of other small towns like Red Bay, AL and Greenwood, SC that were once commerce hubs centered around the railroads, but became less relevant with towns growing up around interstate intersections. A few Kansas facts for...

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Jun 12, 2018 - Touring Abilene

June 12, 2018 (Tuesday) There were no bad storms here last night. The bad storms were just to the south of Salina. Today I drove to Abilene KS to tour the Dwight D Eisenhower presidential library. It was interesting to see. They have a museum, library, his home place and burial place on the grounds. The museum is closed until June 2019 for renovation. They are redoing the exhibits for the 75th anniversary. The timeline and some of the museum exhibits have been moved to the library. My ticket for the museum is good until June 2020. They had...

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Just Tripping Along

Sep 19, 2017 - Day 21 AM - Abilene KS

So, after almost 11 years with this RV, we finally wake up one morning and say "where should we go today?" First time ever where we didn't have to be somewhere on some timeline. So we decide to head west along the Santa Fe Trail. We pick up state route 56 at Olathe outside Kansas City and head west. Beautiful rural countryside, good road conditions, just a great day cruising the back roads of Kansas. Only downside was the winds - steady 30 knots out of the south all day. And the rear camera monitor went blank. Very annoying. Decided to head...

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Midwest Aug-Sep 2017

Sep 13, 2017 - The Man From Abilene

Up at 7:15. Drove 20 miles west on I-70 to Abilene to the Dwight D Eisenhower Presidential Museum and Library arriving shortly after the 9 AM opening. Abilene is a small town by any standard but certainly larger than West Branch Iowa. The site sits just a mile or so off the interstate on the northern edge of town. It covers 5 or 6 acres including Eisenhower's boyhood home which sits on it's original site. In four corners sit a visitor's center, the library, the museum, and a chapel where the Eisenhowers are buried. Went to the museum first....

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Jul 30, 2016 - Abilene, KS.

We drove about 300 miles today. Tried to make Salinas, but no availability at the CG'S so we found one in Abilene. Turned out to be a nice one, flat and no trees. Turn out to be a good thing not having trees. Had a Midwest plains storm last night, that rocked the MH. Lots of rain and it looks like we may be driving in it today.

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May 4, 2016 - Abilene / Topeka KS

Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower, October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was an American politician and general who served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. He was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe. He was responsible for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful invasion of France (D-Day) and Germany in 1944–45 from the...

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2016 Westward HO

Nov 7, 2015 - We like Ike

Abilene, KS Abilene is home to the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home which pretty much took most of the day. Eisenhower’s boyhood home is a typical 19th-century Midwestern home meaning it is pretty small and a quick tour. There were 7 Eisenhower children but one of the boys died when 10 months old. The other 6 boys were all raised in this home. The President Library contains about 26 million pages of historical records and papers, 335,000 still photographs and 768,000 feet of original motion picture film. Since we...

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On the road again

Nov 6, 2015 - Hodge Podge

Abilene, KS Today's activities were a little of this and a little of that. Kinsley, KS, proudly proclaims that it is 1,561 miles from New York City AND 1,561 miles from San Francisco. We were also able to locate another free zoo along our route. It is the first time we have ever seen a Chocolate Chip starfish. We attempted to check out the Kansas Quilt Walk but that was a bust. Over 50 birdhouses, ranging in size from 3 to 5 feet tall perch proudly in front of businesses all over Great Bend, KS, in honor of the thousands of birds who are...

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On the road again

Sep 15, 2015 - Abilene, KS

Hello from Abilene, Kansas. We arrived here on the 13th after a brief two hour successful run from Wichita. Objectives here were to visit the U.S. Army Calvary Museum on Fort Riley, located nearby, visit the Eisenhower Museum and Presidential Library, and National Greyhound Museum. We have stayed very busy and got it all done. Linda even squeezed in some antique browsing. However, another day could have been used to better absorb it all. The Greyhound Museum was very difficult for us. When we entered we were greeted by the two residents,...

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May 4, 2015 - Abilene, Kansas - Eisenhower Presidential Library

Presidential Libraries in general, and Eisenhower’s in particular... We often find Presidential Museums and Libraries to be interesting places to expand our knowledge and perspective of this nation’s history, and since we were nearby, we planned to stop in Abilene, Kansas to tour the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Museum and Library. So far in our travels, we have been able to tour the presidential libraries of Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, and now Dwight D. Eisenhower. In comparison to the other...

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