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. Really we stopped here to Read More →

From Chicago we headed southwest toward Kansas City to visit more friends of mine. We avoided interstates because the scenery is monotonous and opted instead for small state routes. Driving through Illinois was enlightening for me. I read a lot about food production, in particular about the benefits of crop diversity and rotation over monocultures. Read More →