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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-07-28 21:01
Subject: [travel|photos] A grand day out, Kansas City style
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Tags:cars, cool, flowers, food, omaha, photos, travel, weird
Had a great trip down to Kansas City today with garyomaha and elusivem. I went by their house about 8:30 this morning to throw some laundry in before we took off, and got pictures of George, the softball-sized tomato.


George and friends. Unfortunately, there's no scale here to see how big that tomato in the first shot is.

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elusivem has about six varieties growing in his tomato patch, and this one really took off.

We headed down to Kansas City on back roads, initially. Just south of Murray, NE, we spotted this camper conversion from the mating of a 1958 (?) Buick and a gooseneck horse trailer.


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It was parked right here. mckitterick, that's within screaming distance of you, I think. A thing of beauty truly is a joy forever, after all!

We also stopped in Nebraska City, NE to see the Lied Center, where we happened upon a snazzy 1929 Model A Ford


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Eventually we hit Jack Stack BBQ, the original Holmes Road location. We shared a stack of onion rings and an order ham burnt ends (which were not impressive), then I tucked into the three-rib plate of pork, beef and lamb spare ribs.


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The sides were so-so, the sauce was adequate, but the meat was some of the best I have ever tasted.

From there it was a family errand for garyomaha, then downtown where we stopped at the WWI memorial, which featured some lovely sphinxes in mourning.


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We headed home via Oregon, Missouri.


I think I'll send their library a copy of The River Knows Its Own [ Wheatland Press ].

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Along with stops to look at a funky silo and a mockup of an SR-71 Blackbird.



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All in all, an excellent day.

(Most of the above photos are geotagged in Flickr, if that's of interest)
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Patrick Nielsen Hayden
User: pnh
Date: 2007-07-29 11:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I thought the lamb spare ribs and the barbecued sausage were the most impressive thing at Jack's Stack. You're right that the ham is so-so.

Have you been to Arthur Bryant's?
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Jay Lake: food-ribs
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-07-29 12:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Not yet. In fact, Jack's vs Bryant's was the Big Discussion as we headed down. We were tooled up for both, in terms of directions, etc.

A friend who is a KC native (no longer lives there) said go to Bryant's for lunch and Jack Stack for dinner. Sadly we had time for only one meal...

Another time. And if I get back to Jack Stack I'll try the sausage. Missed that on this go, which is odd as I love sausage in general.
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la sirena dolce: yum
User: lasirenadolce
Date: 2007-07-29 16:04 (UTC)
Subject: At the risk of repeating myself -
Yummy. And the ribs look good, too.
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Chris McKitterick: 62 Ford pickup
User: mckitterick
Date: 2007-08-03 03:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:62 Ford pickup
What a great photo-essay. You take such great shots. And that... truck-car thing is amazing - I'll have to make it a stop on my way up to Omaha next trip.
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