St. Martin in the Fields
Another one of Kansas City's many public fountains, this is also on the bike/walking path east of the Plaza. The piece was designed by the famous Swedish sculptor Carl Milles. (For another piece by Milles, see the page about the "Konserthuset" on my Stockholm page.)
Pig skins are Red and Gold around here...
Right next door to Kauffman Stadium is Arrowhead Stadium.
I don't think I can say enough about this team and it's history. Since the day we set foot on Kansas soil, we have heard of two things...Kansas State and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have deep roots in Kansas City despite the fact that the team originated from Texas. (funny isn't it, kinda like cowboys and indians).
After moving to KC in 1963, they played in Municpal Stadium. However, with the increase of fanbase and attendance they sought a larger location. Thus enters the novel idea of having a baseball and football stadium right next to eachother. In 1972, Truman Sports Complex housing the newly built Arrowhead Stadium, saw it's first game. The concept of Arrrowhead and Kauffman stadiums, at the time, was the most futuristic and innovative. The mid 90s brought two state-of-the-art JumboTrons (aptly named ArrowVision),the expansion of Arrowhead Club, the Chiefs team and office facilities, as well as the stadium's concession areas. To date, it is still in top shape.
With regards to the team and team members, there are a few naughty boys in the team, however what impressed me with this team is the overall consensus of giving back to the community through camps, sponsorships, fundraisers, and charities.
The official website of the chiefs is kcchiefs.com, however if you have some time. Check out the other fan sites for the chiefs. They are also informative if not a little bit biased.
A Vintage well preserved village that was an active water port in early to mid 1800's. Riverboat traffic helped this little town thrive, and today it is an historic site. Buildings are from that era and maintained in good condition. Only 300-400 people live in the area, but it is a peaceful and serene setting to take in and enjoy for a long weekend. They have some B&B's and a couple places to eat, as well as old time shops for souvenirs. There is a small museum, and basically even though small overall, worth a trip and stay here.
Fort Osage still looks like a...
Fort Osage still looks like a frontier out post with a log stockade, cabins, and guard towers. It is listed as part of the KC metro area but it took me half an hour driving to get there once I left Independence. It is a pleasant drive and the fort looks great. I say it looks great because when I got there it was closed. I was there on a Tuesday and it is open on Wednesday through Sundays. I got to walk around and look at it but that was all.
A long wait, but well worth it!
When you sit down to a restaurant, and the server hands you a spiral-bound menu, you know you're going to have a hard time deciding what to order. Everything looks so good! But, whatever you do, save room for the cheesecake...they have more than 30 different flavors from fresh strawberry to dutch apple caramel streusel to chocolate raspberry truffle to chocolate peanut butter cookie dough.
When you dine at The Cheesecake Factory, come early...you will wait, sometimes more than an hour. It's very crowded, but it's so worth it. Even if it's just for a slice of cheesecake. It is rather on the pricey side, too. If you just want a cheesecake, the bakery is right there and you can order what you want and eat it in the comfort of your own home or hotel room.
I would highly recommend eating there once. It takes me forever to decide what I want to order. There is a wealth of choices. Heck, it took me 10 minutes to decide on a slice of cheesecake.
Last time, I ordered Crusted Chicken Romano-- Breast of Chicken Coated with a Romano and Parmesan Cheese Crust.
Served with Pasta in a Light Tomato Sauce.
I think I had a Pina Colada, too, but I can't remember. *g*
I decided on a white chocolate raspberry truffle cheesecake, also known as heaven on a plate.