Kansas City TravBuddy Meetup with 4 New Friends
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Kansas City TravBuddy Meetup with Joan, Jarod, Kristi and Skyler
Also check out Joan's recounting of our gelato gang's afternoon together:
I had a wonderful time touring Kansas City with Joan (Scubagirl76); her husband, Jarod (bluskyflyr); their youngest daughter, Skyler and Joan's sister and new TravBuddy, Kristi (kristi_rene85). J
We met up at Kristi's home in Kansas City, Kansas. She and her husband were fortunate to buy their house just before the area's growth exploded led by the additions of the Kansas Speedway, Nebraska Furniture Mart and Cabela's.
The first place we went to visit was the
Next, we headed into Kansas City, Missouri and drove by Union Station and the Crown Center complex before arriving at the Liberty Memorial.
The completed Liberty Memorial was dedicated in 1926 by U.S. President Calvin Coolidge. The inscription at the base of the Liberty Memorial tower reads, “In honor of those who served in the world war in defense of liberty and our country.”
After seeing the Liberty Memorial and stopping to take photos from the wall overlooking Union Station and the Kansas City skyline, we headed south to the
Before there was a
Before there was a
The area's most famous bar, Kelly’s Westport Inn, occupies the oldest building in
In February 1947, Randal Kelly, a native of
We then traveled a few more blocks south and toured the Plaza.
In 1925, a single strand of 16 lights over a doorway started the tradition of the Plaza lights. This simple celebration has grown into a world-famous event that features over 80 miles of lights and draws hundreds of thousands to the area.
While driving around the Plaza, I asked the gang if they would like to stop for cappuccino. When no one responded, I mentioned that there was also a great gelato shop nearby. Jarod, an amiable
Later, I found out Jarod had previously lived in
Jarod parked his SUV and we got the best of both worlds: gelato and french vanilla cappuccino for all of the adults.
However, the biggest winner was Skyler. Jarod and Joan’s youngest daughter ate from both of her parent’s gelato cups. Her smiles tell the story :-D
When I asked our server the difference between gelato and ice cream, she told us:
- Typical ice cream uses cream,
- There is
After waddling back to the vehicle, we decided to conclude the afternoon with a tour of Mission Hills. On the way, we stopped and saw the Seth Ward home. After crossing the state line into
Eric and David, if you’re looking for a TravBuddy mansion, I think we’ve found it! J
The exclusive community of 3500 boasts quite a list of past and present residents:
- Henry Bloch - Co-founder of H & R Block.
- George Brett - KC Royals Hall of Fame baseball player.
- Donald J. Hall, Sr. - Chairman of Hallmark Cards.
EwingKauffman - Former owner of KC Royals.
- Russell Stover - Founder of Russell Stover Candies.
- Tom Watson - Hall of Fame golfer.
The time finally came for the day to end. There were some tangible results from our afternoon Meetup: All of us commented on how great this website is and how much fun it is to meet TravBuddies in the flesh. J
The time finally came for the day to end. There were some tangible results from our afternoon Meetup:
All of us commented on how great this website is and how much fun it is to meet TravBuddies in the flesh. J