Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Busy Week!

Has it really been only a week since I last posted?!! We have been so busy!  Here's the list of main things we've done:

1.  Moved the 5th wheel to Independence, Missouri.
2. Toured the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum (more about that later in this post)
3. Moved the 5er to Lawrence, Kansas.
4. Attended the 3 day Wagner Reunion (Tim's mother's family)
5. Visited the Agriculture Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs, Kansas
6. Moved the 5er to Bevier, Missouri
7. Visited the home of Mark Twain in Hannibal, Missouri.
8.  Visited the Walt Disney Hometown Museum.


We left Branson last Tuesday and moved to Independence, Missouri.  Even though we made this reservation before we left home, we had a little trouble finding an RV park with a vacancy.  This one turned out to be part of a huge church campus, the Community of Christ Church.
Photo Credit: http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/15987

Looks like a Mormon temple, right?  Well, it sort of is.  It belongs to the Community of Christ Church, which split from the Mormons several years ago.  Evidently, they still use the Book of Mormon, but some of their beliefs are more "mainstream," whatever that means.  This building is even more impressive in real life.

Anyway, I guess they built the RV Park for church events.  We were just glad for a place to park the 5er and rest our weary heads.

But by the next day, we were ready to hit the town.  First on our to do list was lunch. We wanted to sample some famous Kansas City BBQ (Independence is right next door to Kansas City), and Trip Advisor said the best in the area was  a place called "A Little BBQ Joint."

Looks like a biker bar, doesn't it.  I nearly turned back right about here.



Wish I'd gotten more photos on the inside.  Vintage cars everywhere.  Even the booth seats were made to look like (very comfortable) car seats.  Seems like antique, vintage, or classic autos were the theme of the week.  You'll see what I mean later.  

The BBQ really was fantastic, though.  We split something called "Burnt Ends".  It sounds awful, but the waitress told us people drove from miles around to order it.  And it was every bit as good as she claimed.


Walking back outside to the pickup, we saw this beauty parked beside us.  

Next stop was the Harry Truman Library and Museum.


This was in the parking lot at the museum.  They must really love old cars in this area.  We've seen at least a hundred in the past week.




Replica of the Oval Office during Truman's tenure.  
Many of the furnishings are the actual things he used.

The tour of the museum was great.  I didn't know much about Truman, except I'd heard 
him called "Give 'em Hell Harry".   Evidently, he said, "I never gave anyone hell.  
I just told them the truth and they thought it was hell."  


He wasn't real popular with everyone.  When he left office, someone asked him how he wanted to be remembered by historians.  His reply is engraved on the wall of the Library. 
 "The truth is all I want for history.



After we left the Library, we drove a couple of miles to see the house that he and Bess lived in their entire married life (except time spent in the White House).  The house was built by Bess's grandfather.

I looked up a few more Truman quotes.  If you like quotes as much as I do, read these.  If not, skip on down to the next paragraph.

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/h/harry_s_truman.html

I do not believe there is a problem in this country or the world today which could not be settled if approached through the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/h/harry_s_truman.html

If you can't convince them, confuse them.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/h/harry_s_truman.html

When you get to be President, there are all those things, the honors, the twenty-one gun salutes, all those things. You have to remember it isn't for you. It's for the Presidency.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/h/harry_s_truman.html

It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/h/harry_s_truman.html

Always be sincere, even if you don't mean it.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/h/harry_s_truman.html

After looking at the map again, we realized we were still 50 miles away from our reunion site.  Worse, we'd have to drive right through Kansas City Traffic to get there.  So we called around and found a KOA in Lawrence, Kansas that was 20 miles away from the reunion, with no heavy traffic to deal with.  So we made plans to move on Thursday.


This was next door to the KOA.  Their were two more smaller ones nearby.  I'm thinking maybe it used to be a motel?


The Kansas River was right down the road.


Tiger lillies grow in bar ditches on the sides of roads everywhere we go!  So pretty!

So that covers Tuesday, Wednesday and part of Thursday.  Oh, I nearly forgot that Tim played golf on Thursday afternoon.  Here's a pic he took:


The Wagner Reunion started with a bang on Thursday night.  More about that later. 

I have to go fold clothes now.  

I lead such a glamorous life.






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