Hometown: Kansas City, MO
April 2, 2014
I would suggest the beautiful flint hills in Kansas, and several small towns along the way, including Paxico (full of interesting shops, from flea markets to antiques), and Alma, where there is a cheese factory that has been featured on KCPT. There is an impressive Flint Hills activity center and museum in Manhattan, KS, where they show a short movie, complete with "atmospheric conditions." How about the Overland Park Arboretum, Powell Gardens, the Iris farm in Gower, MO, the family-owned lavender farm just west of Topeka, KS, and the Topeka Zoo which (hopefully still) has a wonderful geodesic dome full of animals and birds roaming or flying free in a "natural" environment. The recently refurbished Kansas Capital Building in Topeka should be magnificent now, and they offer tours. The Squaw Creek Wildlife Refuge, Mound City, MO, is awesome in Spring and Fall, with lots of birds and other wildlife to see (1.2 million snow geese last month!). Also Columbia, Rocheport and Arrow Rock, MO.
I like to explore new places, cities, small towns, wildlife refuges and natural areas, but am on a shoestring budget! So much has changed in my life in the last few years! I look forward to meeting new, adventurous people, and broadening my horizons.