Annihilation in the Badlands, Actual and Potential

In addition to being completely blown away by the scenery in the Badlands, we also visited several sites that reminded us of the grim history of this wild and unpredictable place. One preserves the history of a massacre that actually occurred, while the other tells the story of the destruction of the human race that … Read moreAnnihilation in the Badlands, Actual and Potential

Memorializing Sergeant Floyd in Sioux City, Iowa

There are so many incredible accomplishments and “firsts” of the Lewis & Clark expedition. Over 28 months, the group traveled through 8,000 miles of unknown territory by water and by land. Captain Lewis recorded detailed descriptions in his journals of at least 120 mammals, birds, reptiles and fish, as well as at least 182 plant … Read moreMemorializing Sergeant Floyd in Sioux City, Iowa

Seeing Plenty More Heartland in Nebraska

Like our stop in Kansas, our visit to Nebraska brought us to a place I never imagined we would be tourists, and we ended up enjoying it much more than expected. Well, other than the fact that I now have the Counting Crows song Omaha permanently looping in my head. So let’s get right to … Read moreSeeing Plenty More Heartland in Nebraska

Turning Toward the Frontier in Northeastern Kansas

Our relatively brief stop in the northeastern corner of Kansas was full of unexpectedly interesting things, and did a lot to change our preconceived ideas about the Sunflower State. This visit included the last African American civil rights landmark we expect to see for some time, and started us thinking about the great western expanse … Read moreTurning Toward the Frontier in Northeastern Kansas

Hitting the Heartland to Learn About Harry

Independence, Missouri is Harry Truman country. There are signs all around the downtown area adorned simply with a silhouette of Mr. Truman with his cane, which was a familiar sight on the streets of Independence after he left the presidency. The fellow at the hardware store who filled our propane cylinder recounted his memories of … Read moreHitting the Heartland to Learn About Harry