Day 3: St. Louis, MO to Manhattan, KS

Trip Start Jul 29, 2007
Trip End Aug 18, 2007

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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Day 3:
States covered: Missouri, Kansas
Mileage covered: 420 miles
Weather: Sunny and beautiful
Abby Meltdowns: 2 minor (one when dad just had to stop at Nostalgia Ville during nap time)
HIghlights: Going up St. Louis Arch, Dred Scott Exhibit, Meeting up with Aunt Caroline
National Park Stamps of the the Day: Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (aka St Louis Arch to the common man), Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, Harry S. Truman NHS, Santa Fe National Historic Trail
National Park Stamps the weren't to be: Brown v. Board of Education NHS, Various Trails originating in Independence, MO (Poor Paul)
Stay Over: Fairfield Inn, Manhattan, KS
Trivia Question of the Day: What military installation is in Manhattan, KS?
Answer to yesterday's trivia question: We aren't getting much participation so you must read on for answer!
Phrase of the Day: "Come over to the dark side...we have cookies" Bumper sticker spotted near Kingdom City, MO
Observations of America ( a new blog addition): 1) There are lots of caves in America, 2) there are lots of places to buy fireworks, and 3) most Americans seem to be talking on cell phones while driving

Blogging here from the little Apple -- Manhattan, Kansas. A long and busy day today and Abby was a champ all day long. We started out early going up the St. Louis Arch. It was a beautiful view from the top, but we weren't prepared for the space like pods that you ride up the Arch in -- luckily they didn't break down like they did last week b/c being stuck in one with a baby for 5 hours couldn't be any fun. Abby didn't seem to mind the ride or the height at the top.

Then we went to the beautifully restored Old Courthouse just across from our hotel...location of the Dred Scott trial (for all you trivia buffs, that was our answer). They had a wonderful exhibit there about the trial.

Then we were off across Missouri...which is a much bigger state than you would think.

With promises of classic Elvis goods, we couldn't resist a quick stop at Nostalgia Ville in Kingdom City, MO. It did not disappoint with an entire store row of Elvis kitsch -- Kathy Meyer, you would have been in heaven!

We stopped at the Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City. It was a large and beautifully maintained building.

Then we made a mad dash to Independence, MO just in time to get to the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site. Paul thought he hit the mother load when the ranger -- who was very impressed with Paul's National Park stamp book -- told him that 6 blocks away there was the National Frontier Trails Center commemorating the origin of various trails West including the Santa Fe Trail and they had about 7 distinct stamps. We raced over and arrived at 4:37, only to find out that it had closed at a very early 4:30. We are talking about a National Park Site so when we say closed we mean really closed, lights out, not an employee in sight to beg to let us in...poor Paul, so many stamps within his reach but no stamps for him. He took it on the chin and we let Abby out to kick around and have a good stretch.

Then we were off past Kansas City (no stop) and then on to State #7 of the trip -- Kansas (Paul's 41st State, Abby's 11th).

We then hit our first toll road of the trip -- shame on you Kansas, it wasn't even a good road!

It was after 5, so we just did a drive-by picture stop at the Kansas Capitol in Topeka. Not to get too down on Kansas -- but they should really take some building maintenance tips from their neighbors in Missouri...the Capitol could have used some work.

We reached the Brown v. Board of Education NHS after it was closed too. Too bad b/c it looked interesting as it was located in the actual school at issue in the case. Ann fears these missed stamp opportunities may require a return trip to both Independence and Topeka!

We finally stopped in Manhattan, KS where just by chance we were able to arrange yesterday to meet up with Paul (Ted)'s Aunt Caroline from San Antonio who was in Kansas for work. She got to meet Abby and we all had dinner together. What a nice treat.
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