Museum of Westward Expansion, St. Louis, MO

Located under the Gateway Arch, the Museum of Westward Expansion hosts exhibits dedicated to the exploration done by Lewis and Clark as well as Native American history. We toured the exhibits but the educational content was well over my 4-year-olds head. He did, however, enjoy the displays of buffalo, canoes, and teepees. Trey also completed […]

St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, MO

The Gateway Arch which stands on the west bank of the Mississippi River is one of America’s most famous icons. I was thrilled to get a chance to visit the landmark and take my son up to the top of the arch. With all our stops at National parks and monuments it was only fitting […]

Fort Hays State Historic Site, KS

Fort Hays was an important frontier outpost used after the Civil War for about 25 years. It’s primary purpose was to protect those traveling the Smoky Hill Trail to Denver. After it was abandoned in 1889, Congress turned the land over to the State of Kansas which established an agricultural college on it. The college […]

Cathedral of the Plains, KS

Our first landmark in western Kansas was a bit overhyped. Our second landmark was the famed “Cathedral of the Plains” which turned out not to be a cathedral at all – a designation that requires the church be the seat of a bishop. Nonetheless, the church is especially impressive when you consider that the town […]

Castle Rock, KS

The photo on the right is Castle Rock in 1980 (photo by Dougal McGuire). I include it so you have a reference of the famous landmark’s former glory. In 2001, a thunderstorm broke off the tallest spire of this chalk formation so it no longer stands 70 feet tall – maybe just 55 feet now. […]

Focus on the Family HQ

When visiting our friends in Colorado Springs, CO they took us to the nearby headquarters of Focus on the Family. The place has a neat little kids’ area that is open to the public. It has activity rooms and themed rooms from books and shows like The Chronicles of Narnia and Adventures in Odyssey. The […]

Pike’s Peak, CO Panoramas

Here are a couple panoramas I made on Pike’s Peak. The first is of the cog railway, the second of the barren ground and view from Devil’s Playground. Click the panoramas to open them in a new window. You may have to then click them again to enlarge them in your browser.