On the Road to Oz...

Trip Start Jun 12, 2013
Trip End Aug 01, 2013

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Up and showered, packed, and breakfast at Cracker Barrel; off to the Land of OZ.  Left town around 8:30 and arrived about 1:15pm.  This included a quick stop to fill up on gas at an station that also housed an A&W Rootbeer fast food restaurant.  So I got a couple of rootbeers for both Dave and myself.  The weather was great for most of our trip since we left home.  A touch of rain while driving a couple of times, but it never lasted very long—until today—boy did we get a drenching.  Had to slow down to about 50mph because of visibility.  It finally stopped shortly before we turned off the highway.

The OZ Museum is located in Wamego, Kansas. Wamego is located 10 miles east of Manhattan at the intersection of U.S. highway 24 and Kansas highway 99, also known as The Road to OZ.
"There's no place like home."
What words could be more appropriate when describing the dream of a small community that literally built a museum out of a rainbow's notion? It took the brains of a small group of leaders, the heart for what L. Frank Baum began in 1900 as a simple children's book and the courage to take on the task of
constructing a home for over 2,000 artifacts dating from 1900 to today.  The OZ museum was built with a major grant from the State of Kansas and the generosity of the people of this small community, who also provided thousands of hours of volunteer time. The museum houses more than just memorabilia from the famous 1939 MGM musical starring Judy Garland! It encompasses earlier silent
films, one of which starred none other than Oliver Hardy (Laurel and Hardy fame) as the Tin Man as well as "The Wiz" starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.  The OZ Museum is dedicated to ALL things OZ. It is a treasure trove of delight and wonder and thrills visitors young and "young at heart."

It was amazing to see all the collectable items of interest.  There were rooms dedicated to all the main characters.  The Tin man, The Lion, The Scarecrow, Glenda the Good Witch and The Bad Witch as well as Dorothy.  It was fun remembering the story and the characters.  I even bought a Christmas tree ornament of the ruby slippers. 

After we finished viewing the Land of Oz we headed back from where we just came from, or at least the last 30 miles of it.

By the way no rain on the return trip back to Ft. Riley.  We stopped here to see Deacon Ken's stomping ground.  He suggested that we stop and see the Calvary Museum and the 1st Infantry Museum as well as the Custer House.  Well because of budget cuts the first two are now closed on Sundays’ would have been nice to update their websites.  So we went to see the Custer House.  We found out that Custer never lived here???  OK, so this is the same blueprint of the house that Custer lived in.  This was the oldest house on Ft. Riley.

We stopped at the Post Exchange to pick up some Scope and a munchie for the evening then went over to what we thought was a Super 8 Motel, but is now under new management.  The motel was in need of a little TLC, but the lobby was clean and remodeled and the rooms were clean.  Every thing was good until I tried to log into the internet.  My computer would not let me get this done.  So I called the front desk (let the phone ring for about 10 minutes until I got an answer.)  Spoke to a man named Mike Kim, owner, talk about rude and arrogant.  He was totally unhelpful.  The other staff tried to help me but we could not get the laptop or the iPad to connect.  The owner kept telling me it was my PC, but I kept pointing out to him that I was connecting to the network, but the network was not allowing me to connect to the internet.  I kept asking for a phone number to call for help and he just wouldn’t give it to me.  Finally, he broke down after I asked him for the 10th+ time for the number.  He kinda threw the yellow pages at me and told me Cox Communication was in the book.  I looked him straight in the eye and told him "I was a customer, and I wanted him to give me the number!"  He snickered, but did give me the number.  Long story short after about 1 hours I finally ended up using my iPhone connection.  To complete the update of TravelPod and download my pictures.

God Bless all my blog readers and recommend that no one stay at the JC Motel in Junction City Kansas. 
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Darla on

I LOVE the Wizard of OZ!!!! I am so jealous. Know another friend who went last year. I so need to go there. Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl on

I love that you and Uncle Dave are traveling across the country and documenting it this way. I get to go with you!!!
Did you click your ruby slippers 3 times? Love you guys!! Miss you much!!

Linda Navin on

Sounds like The Land of Oz would be so much fun! Can't wait to hear more about it when you get back. I didn't know there was such a place.

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