Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Kansas City here I Come

As I said before, we spent all of November in my home town.  I never thought I would leave KC...but I did in 1966 and have not lived there since....still, it is home to me although I have lived in NC actually longer....My sister and her hubby and my folks all live there.  Claudia and Neil have a 5th wheel and have been itching to hit the road for a longer trip, so they decided to join us as we traveled south! 

We stayed at Walnut Grove, short on ambience, long on well-maintained, friendly, super clean and quiet and excellent location....so all in all, we were very pleased with our home for the month!

 We visited the Nelson Art Gallery and joined my parents for lunch

My folks
The museum is famous for the Shuttlecocks sculptures on the front lawn, they are ultra cool
Of course, the Country Club Plaza is a highlight of any visit to the KC area....
My folks live on the Plaza is a lovely building close to everything!
This is their building and they have a view of this....

This is the Plaza all lit up for Christmas!  They have a big lighting ceremony on Thanksgiving night, we all are up in my folks apartment eating delicious goodies and enjoying some holiday spirit...then...the lights are turned on and wow, it is always amazing.  This is something I remember from my childhood as my parents also remember....wish my children could see the lights too.

What's up?

We met with
 long-time friends, Ron and Karen Stith in Branson, Missouri!  Branson is unique in so many ways. We caught the peak week of autumn color with the trees ablaze and the weather sunny and warm, could not have asked for anything better.  Karen and Ron try to make it to Branson from their home in New Mexico at least once a year and they pack lots of live music performances into their schedule.  Paul and I were delighted to get to spend some quality time with them.  We did the train ride and had several meals together, Cowboy Church and the Baldknobber show...Paul and I did the Titanic experience....very very interesting and well-done....

Outside our MiniPearl

I thought the conductors were so friendly and full of good info and witty too!  They do a Polar Express Show in December, wish I could go!

Karen and Ron were stationed in Germany when we were there in the 70s.  We lived close on base, attended the same church, they introduced us to camping European style and we traveled many places with them and their children.  So many good memories we share and more to come...we will visit them when we are in New Mexico the first of next year!

This is the amazing train we took for a beautiful ride.

So, this all happened in October, yes, I know I am way behind. Right now I am sitting in our camper and we are back in Branson!!!  On our way south for December.....heading to the Alabama shore....We spent the whole month of November in Kansas City visiting family and seeing some old and new sights.....more on KC next post.  I really am still out and about, we are well and having a great time....still!