Kansas City is an appropriate stopping point in our trek westward, which I previously analogized to pioneers moving to the new frontier. Independence, MO, a satellite city of Kansas City, was a jumping off point for the major Westward Expansion Trails of the mid-19th century: Oregon Trail, California Trail and Santa Fe Trail.
I am posing with a statue dedicate to the “Pioneer Mother”, the women who were brave enough to accompany their husbands into the Wild West.
Really we stopped here to see my friends Courtney and Reed, who graciously hosted us in their lovely house. They relocated from Brooklyn to Kansas City a couple years ago, and this was the first chance I’d had to see their new home. Extra bonus for me…Courtney got me started knitting a pair of socks, generously providing both the knowledge and equipment necessary. Socks are harder to knit than dish clothes, but the results are more satisfying!
Visiting Reed and Courtney in their Kansas City house.
The beginning of a pair of socks.
While our hosts were at work during the week, we explored the city by bike, visiting some notable sights and learning a little history.
Each plague shows the high water line of the Missouri river during catastrophic floods. The water is a few feet lower than where I am standing.
The Armour-Swift-Burlington (ASB) Bridge, a vertical-lift drawbridge. I did not know about vertical-lift drawbridges before we noticed the weight-and-pulley system on this one.
World War I Memorial from below the plaza.
WWI Memorial up close.
View of down town Kansas City from the WWI Memorial.
Our last day in K.C. we took a quick trip to the outdoor sculpture garden at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art for a superwoman photo op.
Superwoman in front of a giant shuttlecock.
My favorite sculpture in the park, Ferment by Roxy Paine.
A view looking down the lawn of the sculpture park, with the back of The Thinker in the foreground.
A kinetic sculpture by the same artist, George Rickey, as the piece that John enjoyed in Rochester.
Reclining Figure:Hand, sculpture by Henry Spenser Moore, re-enacted by yours truly.
Sculpture by Joel Shapiro, re-enacted by John.
Rumi by Mark Di Suvero, re-enacted by Brompton Folding Bicycle.
Rush Hour by George Segal, re-enacted by all three of us.