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Monday, November 30, 2015

TWA Museum, Kansas City

Another museum in the Kansas City area is the TWA Museum; we took my father there as he's interested in aviation.
It was interesting with lots of mementos from the airline, including these old log books.
It's worth a visit if you're in the area and enjoy seeing these types of things.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Peak Moods (5) - Unsettled

It's been a stormy couple of weeks - this photo was taken from our front porch.

Monday, November 23, 2015

KC WWI Museum

I'm going to break my usual rule of no more than a couple of photos per post as I walk you through the Liberty Memorial and the National World War I Museum, in Kansas City, Missouri. It's one of the region's must-visit attractions, and I give it a very high recommendation. As you approach, the Liberty Memorial, dedicated to the men and women who served in World War I, stands out.
It's an impressive tower, and you can go to the top. On the day we were there it was cold and windy, but the photos I posted last week of Union Station and the Kansas City skyline were taken from it.
On either side of this tower are a couple of large halls with various artwork and displays.
The core of the museum is underground, with various tanks...
... and artillery on display.
There are also many educational displays, and even a couple of life-size recreations of the trenches in which so many people perished.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Dogs & Snow

We've had a couple of snow storms lately. Last week we had 4 inches (10 cm), a small storm by our standards. Socks doesn't mind it with his thick fur.
But Laika isn't so sure, even wearing a jacket...
Then a couple of days ago we got a 15 inch (38 cm) fall, and it dwarfs them both. I wasn't going to make Laika stand outside while I took photos so here's little Socks.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Summer Storm

For Skywatch Friday, here's a leftover photo from a summer storm. I've posted other shots of this storm in the past.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Kansas City & Union Station

The Kansas City metropolitan area is split between the states of Kansas and Missouri, and when you're visiting you will switch back many times, often without noticing. Here's the downtown Kansas City skyline, taken from the Missouri side.
And some photos of the well-known Union Station; again this is on the Missouri side.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Delft 1977

My thoughts and prayers are with the French this morning after last night's terrible events in Paris. Here's a 1977 photo from the Dutch city of Delft.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

First Snow

Photos taken this morning - this is very late for our first snow as it sometimes comes in September.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Pea Ridge (2)

Here are some more photo from the Pea Ridge civil war battleground, Arkansas. Some of the worst slaughter in the battle took place in these rocks as they were shelled by the cannon. It very eerie standing here.
The Trail of Tears, where Native Americans were forced to walk as they were forcibly removed from their lands, passes through the site - many of them walked over this exact spot in the woods. It's hard to imagine what they were feeling.
The whole area was very beautiful.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Pea Ridge Cannon

It may not be the most famous battle of the American Civil War, but the battle of Pea Ridge was very important.
It took place in northwestern Arkansas, and the Union army was outnumbered by the Confederate troops.
Over the course of March 6 - 8, 1862, several thousand men were injured and killed.
The final result was a Union victory that cemented control of Missouri and northern Arkansas.
It was definitely a place with a palpable sense of history and loss.
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