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 TrailCalifornia 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.

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.

Visiting Reed and Courtney in their Kansas City house.

The beginning of a pair of socks.

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.

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.

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.

World War I Memorial from below the plaza.

WWI Memorial.

WWI Memorial up close.

View of down town Kansas City from the WWI Memorial.

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.

Superwoman in front of a giant shuttlecock.

My favorite sculpture in the park, Ferment.

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 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.

A kinetic sculpture by the same artist, George Rickey, as the piece that John enjoyed in Rochester.

Reclining Woman, sculpture by Henry Spenser Moore, re-enacted by yours truly.

Reclining Figure:Hand, sculpture by Henry Spenser Moore, re-enacted by yours truly.

Sculpture by Joel Shapiro, re-enacted by John.

Sculpture by Joel Shapiro, re-enacted by John.

Rumi by Mark Di Suvero, re-enacted by Bicycle.

Rumi by Mark Di Suvero, re-enacted by Brompton Folding Bicycle.

Rush Hour by George Segal, re-enacted by all three of us.

Rush Hour by George Segal, re-enacted by all three of us.

9 Thoughts on “Gateway to the West

  1. Rich Lehne on November 29, 2013 at 7:18 pm said:

    Absolutely LOVE the re-enactments. Especially since no intoxicants were involved. Or were they???

  2. Patricia Lehne on November 30, 2013 at 12:33 am said:

    The re-enactments were great, The last one “Rush Hour” made me laugh out loud. You guys are so funny. I’m enjoying your escapades.

  3. Reenactments were hysterical! I think we drove by the shuttlecock in my brief visit to kc, and I remember thinking, “is this where badminton was invented?” Now I know,

  4. maudie engel on December 1, 2013 at 2:07 pm said:

    Love the reenactments!! imagination run a muck! Looks like you two are having fun , keep up great BLOGS.

  5. Faedra on December 4, 2013 at 8:47 am said:

    I’m just now catching up on your blog and here I have this, literally, laugh out loud moment and want to share it and what do ya know…looks like others have had basically the same enjoyed moments looking at the re-enactments. Ok, but my “LOL” was when I read “…re-enacted by Brompton Folding Bicycle.” That’s great you guys, so funny.

  6. Your favorite sculpture has a twin in the Seattle sculpture park that we went to when you guys were here last!

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