The week of July 20 was quite a week for Maryann and me. We (she) has been planning for it for some time. In fact, ever since we worked on the narration for the Leavenworth Trolley tour. Twenty plus folks were invited to participate in a special day that began with the trolley tour, followed by a luncheon and culminated in a guided tour of the C. W. Parker Carousel Museum.
Before that, other fun things occurred. On the 21st, Gail, the flower girl at our wedding arrived for a week long visit. On the 23rd, Jerry and Shirley drove up from their home in Texas to take part in the festivities. We have known them for a long time. Jerry and I served together at Ft. Hood back in the mid-60's. We also lived next door to each other at Ft. Leavenworth. They are really good friends. We get to spend time with each year at the annual Retired MP Officers Reunion.
Now for some discussion of the following photos.
One of Maryann's favorite breakfast recipes is the one for German Pancakes. Gail, Jerry and Shirley just love them. I must admit I think they are scrumptious too.
Neither Gail nor Jerry and Shirley had seen the Buffalo Soldiers Monument on Ft. Leavenworth. It commemorates the service of Negro soldiers during the Westward expansion of the US.
No visit to the Kansas City area is complete without a visit to the Liberty Memorial and the World War I museum. The Liberty Memorial tower is a great place to get some fantastic photos. Here you can see Union Station and the KC skyline. The first photo of Union Station is taken from the foot of the tower.
The trolley ride went over quite well. The narration was well received and the comments added by our driver, Bill, were greatly appreciated.
The tour occurs every Saturday morning at 11:00 AM. There is a slight fee. The tour takes about an hour and is quite interesting.
It took us a couple of months to do the research and write and record the narration.
June, from June's Cottage catered our luncheon. It was very good. She not only operates the cafe but has antiques for sale.
After lunch we were taken on a guided tour of the C. W. Parker Carousel Museum. There are three carousels in the museum. Two are refurbished. One is an old, wooden and hand cranked.
There are also examples of a variety of horses and artifacts on display. They are in various conditions. Some are still works in progress. There are volunteer woodworkers who spend time on the repairs.
The final activity is a ride on a 1913, original Parker Carousel. It is quite a treat guaranteed to bring out your inner child.
We strongly urge others to make the trek and take the tour.