No Place Like Kansas

Kansas / April 29, 2012 / by Amy Rose
No Place Like Kansas

One of my good friends is from Kansas - she once told me that there is nothing in Kansas but tornados and tourist traps for Wizard of Oz Fans. My mother lived in Salina for years, and had memories of lost of nothing. My expectations entering the state were pretty low. 

I had a blast though. We spent a majority of our time in Lawrence, KS since two of our stories were there. Between stories I got the chance to have lunch with a friend from DC who is in school there at Haskell Indian Nations. He was great and showed me around town. While in Lawrence we also stayed at the Clinton Lake State Park that had great trails and a beautiful lake.

Filming the KU Audio-Reader was a great time - a program affiliated with the University of Kansas that reads the newspaper (among many, many, many other things) on the radio for the blind or visually impaired. We also had breakfast with the Jubilee Café (run by University of Kansas students), that feeds the homeless and poor in the area sit down restaurant style meal twice a week.

If you've been keeping up with Rob's posts, you'll see that we also had our first story double header which took us to Kansas city after the story about the Jubilee Café.  It was one of the most emotionally draining days on he road, our evening story on TAKE Defense was very intense. Amy Wallace and I had the chance to learn and test out some defense techniques.

On our way out of Kansas, Chris and I stopped in Salina - we had a chance to stop by the house my mom spent a couple years in while my Grandpa was fighting in the Vietnam War. It was nice to see the old house, and I even met the woman that lives there now. I snapped some photos here, and along the way in Kansas - check out the album.

We also stopped at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library - I'm quite the nerd for presidential history and loved the museum. They amazing artifacts and information from the entirety of his life, in particular World War II. My favorite part ended up being a traveling exhibit on Elvis, capturing his 21st year on film. All in all, a great week before we headed south to Texas.