For Father’s Day I drove to Topeka, Ks. Now this is not a long drive for me, it usually takes me about an hour and fifteen minutes. Not a long drive by any means. But with work and everything else I do not get to make the drive down there very much. But it is always nice to see family for a little while. I figured since the wife was going to see her dad, who was only a short drive away for the day I would make the drive and spend the day with the family. Now I was born and raised in Topeka but…… I was ready to leave come freshman year of college. It was not for personal reasons, I was just bored in Topeka. Mainly, because I had been to Kansas City plenty of times to know that i felt like I was missing out on something. In Topeka, let’s be honest, not much to do for s teenager after the mall closed. Yea we had movies and bowling allies and such but how often can you do that as a teenager. Other than that there was drinking and drugs, which was not for me. It always felt like a little big town. Lots of stuff to do if you had money and we’re old enough to enjoy them………
Back to my point. For lunch my parents and I went to The Wheel Barrel. It is a new place in North Topeka. It is a small sandwich shop. It is not like the chain places subway, good cents or Jimmy Johns. Real sandwiches. Two pieces of bread and stuff between them. Not hoggie buns. It was was really good, I highly recommend it if you are in the area. They give you a pile of chips to go with it but there was so much in the sandwich I could not eat anymore. I had the special of the day. They called it.. Wait for it! …… The Dadio! It has two eggs over easy, roast beef, four pieces of bacon, Swiss cheese and Gouda cheese. Defenatly worth it.
The rest of the day we watched sports. Who would of thought two guys on Father’s Day would watch sports! We watched the Kansas City Royals win in extra innings along with the the PGA tournament. My wife was rather sad that Jordan Spieth did not win only because he is her celebrity husband. But she will get over it.
For dinner we went to The Oriental Express. Which is located in an old Kwick Shop gas station. For those of you who have been through Topeka in the last twenty years…You know what I am talking about. Which is strange because it is some of the best Chinese food I have had in years! I am already planning for my next few visits. It is not pretty but do not let that fool you!
Beyond that. That was my day in my home town. My parents took me on a driving tour of the downtown area because of all the detours. They were showing me all the renovations they were doing to the downtown. I am happy that they are attempting to revitalize areas of town. I wish they did it sooner. With all the new business and changes I town I feel like a visiter to Topeka. Never like o am from there. So many things are changing. Hopefully for the better. I am hoping Topeka can attract business and sports teams in the future. If you are in the area, give it a look….
MSN posted an article entitled 12 Things You Should Know Before Traveling Across the Country on Amtrak by Macy Williams. The article was a slide show of little little tips about traveling on trains, especially for long stints at a time or overnights. Like the article points out the difference between the sleeper cars. I have not had the opportunity to stay in one as of yet, but hopefully soon. I have always heard good things about the food on trains but have not really tried it other than the M&Ms I bout that one time but I would hardly count that as train food. When my wife and I traveled to Chicago, we saw numerous people bringing their own meals onto the the train in big greasy bags. Which, of you have lived or stays in Kansas City long enough to have a meal that usually means one thing! BBQ! The article did say that you could bring alcohol on the train, but you could only drink it in your sleeping quarters. If that’s the case come prepared. When we traveled they did serve alcohol on the train at the snack bar but it was mostly beer and basic wine. If those do not appeal to you, plan ahead! I did bring my own bottle of scotch the train ride home but I wanted to save it for a better occasion.
Traveling by trains something people should experience at least once in their life if they have the chance. Sometimes it can be cheaper to travel by train than fly or drive. Just depends on where you go and lots of factors. It is a great way to see the scenery. Of course it depends on what part of the country you are in or going through. The Midwest is a fun ride and I can imagine the southwest and northwest would be scenic as well. There are areas that offer short train rides for a few hours of you do not want to travel far. Many of them are dinner events or an afternoon ride and can be fun as well.
View from the top of Iglesia De La Merced. The Iglesia of Guadalupe was used as a fortress by William Walker in 1856, when the American filibuster was being driven out of the country after invading and placing himself as president a year earlier. The interior of the church features a stained glass dedication to the Virgin of Guadalupe and rows of Corinthian columns. 1
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View of Catedral De Granada. Originaly built in 1583, and destroyed in the 19th century, only to be rebuilt again in the early 20th century. The interior of the church features three naves and four chapels and extensive stained glass windows. 1
Concepcion and Madera in the background. Great place to visit. Both located in one of the largest fresh water lakes in Central America. If I remember this was on top of León Cathedral.
The cemetary close to the churches.
St. John of Gods Hospital. Currently, it is abandoned and they have one guard out front at all times. Currently considered a historic landmark. Very beautiful building.
Islands around the area. We got to get off the boat and visit with some locals. All the people were very friendly. The islands we would stop on were poor. The people were living in shanties with what looked like whatever they could find to build a house. The island next to it may have a multimillion dollar house on it with pools and helicopter pad. A couple of the neighboring houses had been featured in house hunters international.
The San Pablo Fort
Cathedral De Granada
This is across from the Catherdal De Granada in the square.
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1. USA Today