♪ ♪ I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come
I'm going to Kansas City, ♪ Kansas City here I come
They got some crazy lil' women there
And I'm kind-da, sorta one. ♪♪
OK, OK, rest assured, I will eventually stop introducing cities with whatever local-centric songs pop into my head. I'm damned near sure I'll stop sometime prior to reaching the age of 95 so just hang on & consider yourself warned. Where was I? Oh yeah, yesterday we arrived in Kansas City late in the day, staying at a motel in the KC burbs. We got a late start today, as per usual, and decided to begin today's outdoor adventures with some geunine Kansas City BBQ. Our first choice was nixed because there were zero cars in the parking lot - wth, right? The 'winner' was Slap's BBQ.
|It's Slap Yo' Mama Good|
|I chose a 'meat plate' with... with EVERYTHING|
|When I saw William's meat plate I WANTED those ribs!|
|Hungry & Pleased Nephie!|
As we drove, I told William how my paternal Grandfather, Will's paternal Great-grandfather William S. Miller, emigrated to Kansas City from Jamaica. It was in Kansas City that our ancestor was naturalized as an American citizen in 1899. It was also there he joined the Kansas Colored Infantry going on to become a Buffalo Soldier, and fight in the Spanish American War in Cuba.
I also told Wills how I always dreamed of investigating Gramp's history in Kansas City in the city's archives. So, when we accidentally drove in the vicinity of one of KC's public libraries, I went nuts! I was going to live the dream!
|Kansas City Public Library|
|William S. Miller, where art thou?|
So with the help of a kind librarian, we searched the city's microfiche files. Did we find any valuable info? Sadly, nope. But just because one's wishes are granted doesn't mean one's wishes meet all expectations. We didn't discover anything out Grand-dad. RATS! Maybe next my next dream...
Yet again, I was indulged, and our next stop was The National Museum of Minatures and Toys. WHOO HOOOO! Due to our late start at the museum, we had but a scant hour before the museum would close for the day, so we had to bussle.
|National Miniature and Toy Museum|
|These detailed & amazing fans are about an inch wide|
|This grand castle room could fit in a shoe box|
|The toys were any toy you can think of, from Steiff stuffies to...|
|Recent and current modern toys|
|Loved this mini-Elizabethian dress & bedroom - sooooo intricate!|
|Oooo! I have some ensy waterfowl like these inch long|
beauties myself. Wish I could have these too.
Totally enjoyed the Toy & Miniature Museum - why? Eh... because I love minis & love toys. Here's a good example why. I loved the mini ensy plains Indian toys/objects d'art below. In particular, note the plains horse in full regalia.
|Plains Indian minis at museum|
Below is my own attempt at outfitting a Breyer toy horse in Nez Pierce tribe tack. See how I love minis?
|My 'Steps High' mini appaloosa mare|
|Many Awesome Dolls|
|And show stopping Doll Houses|
Next we drove around taking in the scenery. How fun, that after seeing everything in miniature, we first ran across something in HUMONGUS scale.
|People admiring a gigantic shuttlecock on |
the lawn at the Nelson-Atkin's Museum of Art
|It was fun telling each other our interpretation of the ground's many art sculptures|
I see an Afghan hound playing the drums, how about you?
Another massive bit of art, a near one storey high creepy spider on a lawn! It carries a nest of white marble eggs and is said to represent... motherhood.
|Representing motherhood as in Morticia Adams perhaps|
|William captured this statue through a convenient wall tunnel thingie|
|Bellerophon Taming Pegasus|