Montana State Capitol in Helena – The Treasure State

Montana State Capitol - Front

In September of 2019, we took a road trip and we were finally able to visit Montana and check off another state we had not been to before. This was the 40th state we visited and we were able to tour the Montana State Capitol while in the Helena area. It was a very interesting state capitol and the grounds were pretty nice to check out as well. I am not sure how many capitols we had been to at that point, but we are slowly making our way toward our desire to visit each capitol one day.

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Moab, Utah -One of the Grandest Views in the West

Moab - SignSince moving to Denver, Co we have been able to take a few fun long weekend trips to Moab, Utah, and explore the beautiful parks and area. The drive is phenomenal and it is not too long of a drive from where we are currently living. For those not familiar with Moab, it is a city in Grand County, in eastern Utah, and is the county seat and largest city in Grand County. Moab attracts a large number of tourists every year, mostly visitors to the nearby Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

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Pizza Hut Museum – Wichita, Kansas

Pizza Hut Museum - TableDid the title make you hungry? I was feeling hungry when we visited the Pizza Hut Museum in Wichita on our recent trip to Kansas in March of 2022, lol. In all seriousness, this was a great museum and so glad we were able to do a self-guided tour of this small little building that was the original Pizza Hut location. It has since been moved and is now located on the campus of Wichita State University. Even though it is small,  it is packed with information and history about the Pizza Hut brand. Here is their story.

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Arizona Capitol Museum – The Grand Canyon State

Arizona Capitol Museum - Inside 1After being in Arizona MANY times through the years, Gene and I had never been able to do a tour of the Arizona State Capitol building, also known as the Arizona Capitol Museum. Happily, on a trip in December of 2021, we were finally able to visit this capitol and learn more about the history of Arizona.  We ended up doing a self-guided tour, not sure if they have guided ones, but we grabbed a flyer about the capitol and set out to see what we could see and learn.

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Plains Indians and the Keeper of the Plains – Wichita, KS

Plains Indians - HorsesEarly March of 2022 when took a 4-day weekend trip to check out the small town of Wichita, Kansas. One of the things high on my list I wanted to see was the Keeper of the Plains. It stands at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers and is located adjacent to the Mid-America All-Indian Center. This 44-foot Cor-Ten steel sculpture by Kiowa-Comanche artist Blackbear Bosin was erected on May 18, 1974, to celebrate the United States Bi-centennial and has kept a watchful eye on the city ever since.  Around the statue are multiple displays which describe the life, belief, and practices of the local Plains Indians tribe(s) that used to inhabit the area, as well as several fire pits which are sometimes lit to illuminate the statue at night.  Below are some of the writing on the displays sharing their stories. Here is also a link to their website with more information if you want to visit yourself while in the area. Continue reading “Plains Indians and the Keeper of the Plains – Wichita, KS”

Wichita, Kansas – Fun Things to do in the Heart of the Country

WichitaWe are heading to Wichita, Kansas right now as I am sharing this post! Yeah, I know, not the first thing on people’s mind when they think of where they want to travel, but we are taking a road trip and decided to check out this little city that we have mostly only breezed through while going east or coming home. With that said, I did some research and found some of the most exciting things to see and do in Wichita.  We are both looking forward to exploring a few of these while in the area for the long weekend. Here are seven things I found and they are not in any particular order:

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Palo Duro Canyon Park – The Grand Canyon of Texas

Palo Duro Canyon Park 1While in Amarillo, Texas November of 2020, we decided to take a drive through the Palo Duro Canyon Park. It is not very far from Amarillo, about ½ hour, so definitely something to do while in the area, especially if you have pets and want to explore some nature.  It is a huge canyon, apparently the second largest canyon in the US (behind the Grand Canyon of course). Not surprisingly it is often referred to as The Grand Canyon of Texas.

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Saint Louis Pet Friendly Places to Visit While in Missouri

Saint Louis Pet Friendly -Dog ParkAs I stated in a previous post, 8 FREE things to do in St. Louis, we were getting ready to plan a trip to Saint Louis and were looking for a few things to do.  It was a road trip, so we were bringing our fur babies with us on our trip.  With that in mind, I wanted to find a few free Saint Louis pet-friendly things we could do with them that are also fun and enjoyable for us as well. Here are eight parks and places where they are welcome that seem the most interesting to us. Of course each group and family are different, but I am sure you can find something the whole group will enjoy. Hope you find this list of dog parks, etc helpful. Continue reading “Saint Louis Pet Friendly Places to Visit While in Missouri”

Treasure Falls and Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado – Breathtaking Views

Treasure Falls and Wolf Creek Pass - 1After leaving the wonderful Pagosa Springs area on our anniversary in May 2017, we headed to Canon City to explore the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. We marveled at the amazing Treasure Falls just a few minutes out of Pagosa. Then we were able to enjoy some breathtaking views at Wolf Creek Pass.  Both were amazing and we were glad we were able to see them on our way out of the Pagosa Springs area. Continue reading “Treasure Falls and Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado – Breathtaking Views”

Traveling With Pets: Your Guide to Driving With Your Furry Friends

Traveling With Pets - Dog PrintsWe recently had a great time doing some read trips with our puppies here in Colorado and planning to drive to CA for Thanksgiving. With the holidays upon us, I am sure there will be a lot of people traveling with pets to Grandma’s house, etc. We have taken MANY road trips with our furry friends (over 20 states I believe) and it has sometimes been apparent that there are many dog-friendly towns. There were so many dogs walking around with their owners, enjoying the warm weather. It was so nice sitting out on a patio with other dog owners and having a beer and some pizza.

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