Fort Niangua, Lebanon and Lake Paradise, Lone Jack, Missouri
We spent 6 days in Missouri and visited with Vin’s brother Joe. It was great spending time with family and seeing how much all the kids have grown!
Fort Ninagua, along the Niangua River was just gorgeous!
And the hidden playground in Lone Jack was fun!
We went to the Steamboat Arabia museum in Kansas City. These guys found the Arabia in a corn field and all 200 tons of its cargo! Food stuffs, building materials, material and housewares for a dozen or more general stores up the Missouri River.
Hundreds of forks and spoons, boots, beads, dishware, axes and awls, saws and rod iron bars, pickles, cherry pie filling, nails and spurs, and the original boilers and a reconstructed water wheel.
These are hand blown, paper thin glass beads (among some other pretty things). I cannot even imagine what it must have been like to discover it. How do you even begin to process a find like this?!
About 65% of the find has been cleaned and is on display. You can even see the people working on pieces in the lab that is right on sight.
We found dinner at a little place called The Burrito Brothers and bought spices at The Tikka House. Fresh dill and gyros!
We also visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. An amazing outdoor collection of Henry Moore sculptures. We toured the Block galleries and saw works by Cezanne, Picasso, Degas, Bonnard, Gauguin, Renoir and van Gogh. Absolutely gorgeous!
Lunch with a great niece and her husband and then dinner with a niece/husband/son at authentic Kansas City BBQ.
Our stay finished off with a good ole Midwestern thunder storm! Lots of lightening and wind and rain.
My first visit to Kansas was a resounding success.