Ipanema in Kansas?
A little Brazilian place that has just opened in downtown Overland Park. Brazilian! (This is where the John Francis used to be. Talk about change!)
I stopped in for lunch on a Wednesday. And I wish I didn't have to report that I was disappointed. I ordered a classic Brazilian dish - beef and beans in brown sauce. The sauce was tasty but the beef consisted of knuckles and was basically inedible. I hope this place survives - it's the first Brazilian place in the Kansas City area - but they won't last long serving knuckles.
I did like my mango shake. It was freshly made and very satisfying.
Deanna Rose Farmstead #2
"Statue of little boy with waterfall"
Most of the farmstead is an exciting place with activities all around; at this spot there is tranquility and beauty.
This longhorn shares a pen with a single bison. The longhorn posed on cue; the bison just showed his/her (rear end).
At this spot, it is kind of like letting the kids run in the creek, but much cleaner. After all, who wants mud in the backseat of his Lexus or Volvo.
"Follow the yellow stone road?"
I don't know what is going on for sure around here, but I would be on the lookout for a dog and a scarecrow and a tin man and a lion.
"Indian encampment area"
Includes a teepee of the plains tribes, as well as a communal, mounded dwelling of earlier tribes in this area of Kansas.
"Hide and seek?"
Youngsters emerge from teepee; it was a great place to hide from their father.
Bobcats such as these are native to the area. In recent years there have been a few sightings of mountain lions as well. Also caged for visitors to view are several birds of prey - eagle, hawk, owl - that are injured and can no longer live in the wild.
I got quite a kick out of watching these girls, as did their grandmother who had obviously pushed a pump handle many times, but not for fun.
It's great to seen generations getting in touch with other in such a way that the younger can experience some of the life of the older.