Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Road Trip to Bethany, MO and back to Coffeyville, KS ~ Day 3 ~~ Originally Published 5/31/13

Friday ~ May 24th
Slept in and then made our way to breakfast...it was delicious and plentiful.  So nice to have good tasting food and a clean jovial place to enjoy our meal before heading out for the day.  We stayed at the Best Western just out of Kansas City.  And then we began our journey back to Coffeyville, KS.
The day started out overcast but slowly turned to blue skies and sunny.
One of the reasons Ron wanted to go to Leavenworth was to see the Federal Prison.  While he was stationed at McChord AFB, Tacoma, WA a few guys in his unit were arrested and court martialed for selling and promoting the use of a variety of drugs.  It is a huge prison.  They raise beef and buffalo and have a huge garden.  All behind fences with huge rolls of Constatina Wire.  All these pictures were taken from across the prison as there are lots of signs once you cross onto the federal prison property that say no pictures.  Across the street from the prison is a housing development with a huge park and ball fields - we wondered if that is where families of the prisoners stay when they come to visit the prisoners.
On a side note,
the picture of the blue bridge is for Ron's cousins who live in Pasco, WA
and have to cross a blue bridge into the Tri-cities :) .
Leavenworth Federal Prison
Leavenworth Federal Prison
Leavenworth, KS
Leavenworth, KS
The above pictures are in Leavenworth, KS itself.  There is definitely the older part of town where the Air Force Base is located and the newer part of town where all the shopping malls and fast food restaurants are.
While at the hotel Ron found a brochure that talked about a museum that sounded interesting so after touring the area of the prison and the air base we made our way over to the two historical homes.  Alas, the museum was closed that day :(  We could only imagine the stories of those who had lived in the homes.  The one shown in the center was a private residence until 1964 when it was donated to the city of Leavenworth.
Beautiful Mansions turned Museums
Beautiful Mansions turned Museums
From the town of Leavenworth we made our way to the Veterans Hospital and Home where many of our veterans who have been injured over the years are treated and live.  We saw many veterans walking around the lawns...we say THANK YOU for serving and giving so much for us and our country.  In some of the pictures you can see where they are updating and making the dormitories/houses more habitable.
Veterans Hospital & Home
Veterans Hospital & Home
And then we continued on our drive.
We saw beautiful churches, a great looking motorhome and some cool looking barns
Driving through the countryside
Driving through the countryside
And then we had a HICCUP.  The first flat tire we have had in our Jeep since we bought it in November 2010.  If you have been following our blog long, you know Ron loves to drive on the back roads and avoid the freeways as often as possible.  Ron started the process of changing the tire when our first big bump was that there was a locking lug nut and us with no tools to get it off.  After trying for about 15 minutes with what tools he had, Ron started trekking down the road to the nearest farmhome, no one was home so off to the second one.  I stayed at the Jeep, texting and praying, praying and texting watching three different trucks go speeding past with not a glance towards me or the Jeep :(  and then Ron came back carrying a couple of tools.  He got the lug nuts off and tried to pull the tire off the Jeep ~ no such luck...fortunately by this time, a young man stopped to see if we needed assistance.  After talking for a few minutes and both he and Ron pulling on a tire that would not budge, the young man grabbed his hammer and gave the tire a big hit...and voila, the tire came off.  And with that the tire was changed and we were off to give the lady down the road her tools...found out the young man that helped us was her son!  Giving thanks to God that she was home and her son had a hammer.
A BIG Hiccup in our day :)
A BIG Hiccup in our day :)
We then made our way to Parsons, KS to pick up a few groceries
Almost back to Coffeyville, KS
Almost back to Coffeyville, KS
And then we were home at our rig at the
Big Chief RV Park.
We had a great three days off and are excited to see how God continues to lead us.