The Road Less Traveled-Making Every Mile A Memory travel blog

Good bye Kansas, Hello Missouri

A recreation of how the Oval Office looked during Harry Truman's Presidency

Truman statue inside his Presidential Library and Museum

Another view of the Truman statue from outside

The entrance to A Little BBQ Joint-notice the beer garden

Their homage to the military-thank you!

A Little BBQ Joint honors our first responders

We were so impressed with the restaurant that we gave the owner,...

Fort Osage on the Missouri River

Entrance to the cemetery adjacent to Fort Osage

Many of the tombstones date back to the early to mid 1800's

Entrance to an Independence, MO Italian restaurant with engraved locks

We could see the swirly spire of the Mormon Temple from our...

We had a blast at the Kansas City Royals game

View of the field from home plate at the Royals baseball game

Big foot sighting while driving from Kansas City to St. Louis

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis

Cheryl standing in front of the north end of the Gateway Arch

Reflection of the Gateway Arch in a downtown building

Monument inside the visitors center honoring all those who helped with the...

This is the size of the "pod" that transports you to the...

Riding the pod to the top....do I look scared?!

At the top of the Gateway Arch, 630 high and 630 feet...

Another perspective when you are at the top of the Arch

View to the west of Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis...

View of the Courthouse from the Arch-this courthouse was the site of...

View of downtown St. Louis from the top of the Arch

View to the east of the Mississippi River and Illinois

Sunset view of the Arch from our campground

View of the dome from inside the Courthouse adjacent to the Gateway...

Interior of Courthouse

Another view of the interior of the Courthouse

View of Busch Stadium infield, home of the St. Louis Cardinals

What a great tour of Busch Stadium

View of the field from the broadcast booth

This is called the greatest view in the ballpark

We got to go on the field and in the dugout during...

Stan the Man, Stan Musial, one of the Cardinals most beloved players

Entrance to the Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum

The Museum has the most extensive collections of baseball memorabilia behind Cooperstown

I got to hold Stan Musial and Albert Pujhol's bats, what a...

Actual World Series rings, they were heavy and GORGEOUS!!

California, Missouri....wait, where's the Pacific Ocean?

We got mom and dad a map to track our travels


We experienced an extremely pleasant drive from Salina to Independence MO and as is our goal, we took Highway 24 through small towns and farming areas. We stayed at a good spot within walking distance of Independence, Campus RV. For our fellow RV’ers, it was a nice clean park with minimal amenities. A pleasant surprise for us was that a Roadside America attraction was also within walking distance of the RV. It is nicknamed The Swirly Rocket Ship Temple and the ceiling of the sanctuary of this Mormon split off sect looks like a super-sized ice cream swirl. In fact, you are asked to sit before you look up at the spire!

Independence, Missouri is home to Harry S. Truman, our 33rd President. He led our country and world through almost 8 years of perilous times to include the ending of WW II, the dropping of the atomic bomb and the beginning of the Cold War. We were very impressed with the Truman Presidential Library and Museum, which captured his life before, during and after his presidency. His mark is felt throughout the town as he was a judge there, met his wife, Bess in town and came there often during his presidency.

A wonderful find was a local BBQ restaurant in Independence named The Little BBQ joint. This family owned business is housed in a former auto restoration shop and today it is filled with car parts and memorabilia. We were extremely impressed with the food and even more so by the staff and ownership. They obviously take great pride in their establishment and it shows. We truly appreciated the military discount and the fact that they honor the military and our first responders. We returned specifically to give the owner, Don, some Marine Corps and LAPD stickers and patches to place on the walls.

Although it wasn’t open on Monday, we were able to get a glimpse of Fort Osage situated along the Missouri River. General William Clark, joint commander of the famous Lewis and Clark expedition, established Fort Osage in 1808.

On our last night in the Independence area we drove a few miles away and enjoyed a Royals game vs. the (dreaded) Yankees. I am in heaven as this is our second new ballpark in less than 2 weeks. The stadium was wonderful; well laid out, friendly staff and good BBQ.

Our next stop, St. Louis, was spent across the Mississippi River at the Casino Queen RV Park (for our fellow RV’ers, this RV park is very utilitarian, it’s good for quick access to St. Louis only). Dennis had been to St. Louis many years ago when he was moving from one duty station to the other and I heard for years how interesting the Gateway Arch was. The Arch was (notice the past tense) on my bucket list and I am so glad I got over my slight fear of claustrophobia and heights and went to the top. What an amazing view to the west, east and of the Mississippi River! Words or pictures cannot describe what an amazing engineering feat the Arch is. It took over 3 years to build and a couple of the interesting facts are that they had 1/16 of an inch allowed for error when connecting the north and south ends of the arch and that the workers were paid $5.25 an hour to work at unnerving heights without any type of safety ropes of equipment. The Old Courthouse is nearby and that is where the many of the slave auctions were held and Dred Scott and his wife sued their owner for their freedom, which ultimately led to the landmark Supreme Court case, Scott v. Sandford. After braving the Gateway Arch, Dennis was kind enough to treat me to lunch at Dressel Public House, a cool Gastropub that was featured on Triple D.

The next day we took a tour of Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals. I was a bit disappointed that they were out of town but that made the tour even better because we had access to the field, dugout, broadcast booth and clubhouse. The pictures really tell the story on this one. As a part of the ticket price we got to tour the Cardinal Hall of Fame across the street…..AMAZING! This collection is second only to Cooperstown in the amount of memorabilia they display. It was well laid out, the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable and for a baseball fanatic like me, I got to hold the bats of some very famous Cardinals to include Stan Musial and Lou Brock plus put on two World Series rings, I was in heaven!

We are now heading to Indiana for a bit then onto more adventures…..Enjoy!

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