|What a night! The wind was howling without stop. I eventually fell asleep but it was tough. Got up early thinking I would drive out of the windy weather - NOT! I needed relief from hanging on to the wheel so I decided to explore Atchison, Kansas. Stopped at the Visitor's Center which was in the train museum yard. The ladies were very helpful and I got the lowdown on what to see and do in Atchison in a short period of time.
First on the list was visiting Amelia Earhart's birthplace. Her Mom lived in Kansas City but came back to Atchison to be near her Mom when she gave birth. When Amelia was 3 she came to live with her Grandma Otis in this house and stayed until she was 12. Amelia always considered this her hometown.
Lewis and Clark landed somewhere along the Missouri River here - the actually sight is not marked. Clark climbed a high hill and made notations in his journal about the river sights.
The Forest of Friendship is a memorial to the men and women involved in aviation and space exploration. Finding this gem was a bit of an adventure but completely worth the effort. Represented here are one tree from every state in the US and trees from 35 different countries . The seed from the Moon Tree was carried into space on Apollo 14 and planted upon it's return. There is a section called Memory Lane - granite plaques with 1200 names of famous aviators lining a long narrow walk. The wind was getting to me by now so back to the car I went.
Sent my check into the IRS today and what a surprise the post office building turned out to be. What a beauty!
Back on the road for a few more hours . Ended the day in West Des Moines, Iowa . Friday the 13th certainly lived up to it's reputation here. We are under a severe thunderstorm warning tonight and a winter weather advisory for tomorrow night. I'll be heading east early in the morning. Hope the foul weather doesn't follow me.