Here and There

A Jolly Branson Christmas

Polar Express train ride

Branson, at any time of the year, is a fun and energizing place to take your family. At Christmas, Branson will get even the Scrooge in your family into the Christmas spirit! My 3-year-old son Cale has been asking to go on a train ride for a nearly a year. When I heard the Branson Scenic Railway had been transformed ... Read More »

Behind The Walls

Thankfully, I never had to serve time in the old Missouri State Penitentiary. Perhaps that’s why I was glad to return Wednesday for my third tour of the historic property, located in the heart of Jefferson City. First, a little history: The prison was decommissioned in 2004. It has been open for public tours and, this year, the Jefferson City ... Read More »

Lucky No. 13

The weekend is almost here, and while it starts on a somewhat ominous sounding note – and one feared by those with triskaidekaphobia (don’t go to dictionary.com; it means fear of the number 13) – there’s no reason to sequester yourself indoors all weekend. Instead, get out and see the sights. There’s plenty to do in Missouri on a fall ... Read More »

One Wild Idea, Thousands of Treasures

Many of us have come up with wild ideas, but very few people follow through on those. I was able to travel this week to Kansas City for some meetings near the River Market area and, while there, ventured over to the Arabia Steamboat Museum (www.1856.com). This museum is an excellent showcase of what can happen if you follow through ... Read More »

Catching up

The Missouri Governor’s Conference on Tourism was last week in Branson, but because of a technical snaffu, I wasn’t able to post anything from there because the power cord to my laptop was missing. In short, the conference was great. It was well organized, the speakers seemed to hit the right notes with their respective audiences and, of course, the ... Read More »

The Tour to Jefferson City

TV view of race into town

Yesterday, the Tour of Missouri began around 2 p.m. in St. James and the cyclists rode approximately 110 miles to Jefferson City. Now those not familiar with this area, let me tell you, the hills are mountainous and the curves are dangerous. The leaders arrived in Jefferson City shortly before 6 p.m. From there, they did three rounds around the ... Read More »

A Visit to Hannibal

This statue depicts Mark Twain as a steamboat captain.

Ran up to Hannibal on Sunday to take some photos for the division. The weather was not ideal — cloudy and rainy at times, then punishingly hot and humid at others — but there seemed to be pretty good crowds of people strolling up and down the sidewalks and visiting downtown merchants. Trekked up to the top of Cardiff Hill ... Read More »

A whirlwind tour of St. Louis.

So many places to go and I wasn’t sure I could get to them all, which I didn’t, but I hit quite a few. I started off at the Augusta A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles. It was Friday and kids most of the schools were still in session, so kids were not as abundant as usual. The ... Read More »

Kansas City’s Urban Tour

This weekend I am heading to Kansas City to be a tourist. Last year I attended the Urban Tour and loved it. I felt like I was in an HGTV episode. I’m hoping this year to be able to see the historic Federal Reserve Building. A lot of people on the tour wanted to see what it looked like after ... Read More »