Kansas City: Halmark, Legos and BBQ

StLouis To KC

After staying the night in Saint Louis, the plan was to get up early, get ready and go. We had about 4 hours to get to Kansas City, and that didn’t leave us with a whole lot of time to “do” Kansas City, and then continue on into Kansas for the night.

We woke up at 6am, but it took us 2 hours to do breakfast, pack up the car and get on the road. It didn’t help that some of us didn’t realize that vacation is a lot of work.

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I lost it a little bit with the packing up, but we actually made good time to Kansas City, getting there around noon, with only one rest stop on the way.

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We drove to the Crowne center and with a little trouble, found the Hallmark Visitors center and spent an hour going on a self guided tour of the exhibit. It was pretty interesting and I could have gone through it slower if we had more time.

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Ribbon Bow machine.

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Gallery of Christmas Trees

After watching a short movie about the history of Hallmark, we headed into Legoland, which just happened to be in the same building.

We spent a couple of hours there. They had several impressive Lego displays, a couple of rides (kiddie rides, really), a climbing area, and numerous places to build your own Lego creations.

After Legoland, we looked for a place to eat. Christine had an app on her phone that allowed her to find restaurants that are featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (Triple D). We found a place not too far away called Woodyard BBQ. We had a kind of late lunch there. The place was definitely in the “Dive” category. It looked like an old shack with picnic tables to eat at, but the food was delicious. I had a “burnt ends” sandwich, which was apparently the back side of the brisket that is marinated and slow cooked longer than the brisket. It was really good.

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We got back on the road and headed west for another 2 hours to get to the hotel.  The drive got us quickly west of Kansas City on I-70. It looked a lot like Missouri–rolling hills, trees and fields. But as we got further west, it seemed like the landscape opened up. Still trees and rolling hills, but fewer trees and more fields.2014_05May_29174842_06342014_05May_29181754_0642

You’d drive to the top of a hill and be able to see the interstate ahead for miles away.

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We got to Junction City, Kansas close to 6:30pm. By then, we were getting low on gas and I was glad to see civilization.

We got there, settled in and then after a while, I drove to a grocery store to pick up some bread, and we ate a simple supper of apples and peanut butter.

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