Wednesday, November 24, 2010

November to Remember Mystery Trip

A week or so ago, my Travel Friend and I went on a 4 day Mystery Tour with R and J Tours. What a fun trip we had although the first and last day were on the bus getting there and coming home. We stayed in St Joseph, Missouri all 3 nights and spent 2 days-all day-visiting very interesting sites. Above is the C. W. Parker Carousel Museum in Leavenworth, Kansas where we learned the history and makers of carousels and even rode on this one.
The second day we spent time in Leavenworth.

Our first day was spent in St. Joseph, Missouri. Such a historical, interesting and unknown city. The above monument is of the Pony Express Riders which started in St. Jo on the route to Sacramento, CA. Visited the Pony Express Museum and also the Patee House

Had an excellent lunch in this National Register Historic site from 1869, recently restored Gothic Revival House.

Visited the Jesse James home where he was killed.

Toured the Tobiason Studio and saw stained glass windows made and we each made a stained glass angel decoration. Here she is making lamp glass beads, but had none for sale-I would have bought at least one.

Buffalo Soldier monument in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the oldest continuously active Fort west of the Appalachian Mountains. The Frontier Army Museum was very interesting. Luckily we were on a tight schedule so all the visits in the museums were short, enough to see the highlights and psych us up to come again. (I can only take so much of a museum.)

Fred Harvey, who started the Harvey Restaurants along the Santa Fe Railroad and hired Harvey Girl waitresses had a home in Leavenworth. We toured the home which is in the beginning stages of reconstruction which was interesting. Will be fun to see how it looks when it is finished. These Harvey Girls served our lunch.

This VA chapel is in the Guinness World Record Book because it is actually 2 churches. The top level is a Protestant Church and the Catholic Church is in the lower level. They are not connected from the inside. Both levels have beautiful stained glass windows.
These are only highlights of a fun, full 2 days.



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