Day Five of our Road Trip Across America - Fluid Movement

Day Five started off at The Plaza District in Kansas City.  For those of you unfamiliar with this area, to me it is reminiscent of Brigadoon.  I always feel like I have stepped into an imaginary world when I am at The Plaza.  A little unknown fact to most people is that Kansas City is ranked the 2nd City in the world with the most water fountains, right behind Rome!  The photo you see above is of the JC Nichols Memorial Fountain.  JC Nichols is noted for making all of these fountains possible in Kansas City - I would have to say that I consider his work to be a memorial to greatness and beauty.  I hope the residents of Kansas City are able to appreciate it from time to time.

Today truly was a road warrier day as we hopped back in our Ford Flex, sponsored by Avis and drove three hours to Wichita and the Kansas Aviation Museum.  I was a bit skeptical about this destination, but that was quickly averted by all of the interesting sights and information taught to us.  My only regret was not getting to spend more hours there due to time constraints of our next destination.  I did find one tidbit interesting and that is the fact that the Aviation Museum is the ONLY Federal building without air conditioning.  I wondered what our Congressman think of that?  Here is one of my favorite planes from the day, one because it is yellow, but two because did you know that the exterior of this plane is made from painted muslin - yes my friends, muslin the fabric!  I found that factoid unsettling and was happy that I was not living back in 1927.
Being that the Kansas Aviation Museum used to be an actual airport, it was also interesting to learn that before trans-continental flight became a reality this airport served as the landing place for any plane traveling across the United States as they needed to fuel up to make the second leg of their flight.  Fred Astair actually danced in the lobby and Frank Sinatra also was one of many celebrities that graced this beautiful airport back in the day.  Please visit for more information.

Hop back into our cars for the second leg of our movement down south today to find ourselves in Oklahoma City, OK - staying at none other than the amazing Country Inn & Suites on Meridian by the airport.  Colette the manager greeted us with a sign that had our #CIS1K Adventure information AND cookies.  As you know, a significant portion of our road trip is sponsored by Country Inn & Suites by Carlson.  She was extremely gracious and recommeded we go to Cattleman's Steakhouse for an authentic Oklahoman dining experience.  We ordered up ourselves some Cactus Kickers and enjoyed the wonderful food and hospitality of this region.  The Cactus Kicker was served in a boot that we actually got to take home!  Our waitress Heather made some great recommendations and we especially love the coconut pie which is made from scratch by the restaurant.
Where are we headed, we don't know - but the adventure is filled with fun and excitement thanks to Country Inn & Suites by Carlson.  Check out to follow our adventures.  I recommend you make your own memories by following the link and going on a road trip of your own.  But make sure and let me know, so I can follow you as you make your way across this great nation!

1 comment:

  1. Sorry I couldn't have a Cactus Kicker with you guys! Looking forward to seeing what tomorrow brings!