County #12: Ellsworth

Wilson, in Ellsworth County, is the Czech Capital of Kansas. It’s also home to the World’s Largest Czech Egg: a lovely 7,000 pound, twenty foot tall hand-painted fiberglass egg. Its black, white, red and yellow design was striking against the wintry Kansas sky. The boys both thought it was pretty cool, and weird.  Sully thinks … More County #12: Ellsworth

County #11: Barton

Our spring break adventures started for us in the Great Bend area this year.  The boys’ great-great grandfather helped found the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area and wetland basin, so we were all really excited to check it out. We took the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway to get there. This byway was beautiful – … More County #11: Barton

Barry’s Crew: Wichita Park & Rec’s Kids Club

A few months ago we signed up for Barry’s Crew, a FREE kids club through Wichita Park and Recreation. A few weeks later, our membership packets came. Both boys got a special member lanyard and card and calendars. They were so excited! Our first Barry’s Crew Celebration event was this weekend, and it was a … More Barry’s Crew: Wichita Park & Rec’s Kids Club

County #10: Labette

Our 10th county was Labette, in Southeast Kansas, home to the city of Parsons.  We quickly found Forest Park, Parson’s largest park. Right away, the boys noticed the small railroad tracks that traversed the park.  It was the Kiwanis Pancake Special Train’s tracks, and was not in operation when we were visiting.  According to Parson’s … More County #10: Labette

On the Road: Tulsa

In late September, Topeca Coffee hosted a Specialty Coffee Association qualifying coffee competition in Tulsa.  Since Andy was planning on helping out with the competition, we decided it would make a great family mini-vacation.  And we were right! The Oklahoma Aquarium was our first stop on Saturday morning.  It was fantastic.  I was skeptical that an … More On the Road: Tulsa

County #9: Harper

When we hit the city of Harper in Harper County, we were starving.  We decided to follow the advice of the Kansas Guidebook 2, and try the Fence Post Supper Club.   They had an outstanding chicken fried steak, frog legs and mountain oysters! After dining, we ventured over to the city park, Harper Community Park.  … More County #9: Harper

County #8: Barber

Medicine Lodge is the county seat of Barber County and the home of famous prohibition icon Carry Nation.  On our way into Medicine Lodge, I turned on the Criminal podcast (episode 73) so the boys could hear the history of Carry Nation and her smashing adventures.  The boys were transfixed and couldn’t wait to see … More County #8: Barber