From the Archives: “Showdown in Shaydon” (Tajikistan)

The following was originally published on November 12, 2008 as part of “Pixillated Peregrinations,” a chronicle of my Central Asia and Turkey, which was hosted on the TravBuddy blog site that shuttered in April 2018.  Sunday morning was another cloudy day, but not rainy. I think I slept until around 9am, but Halim and I…

From the Archives: “Going Slow on Caye Caulker” (Belize)

The following was originally published on July 30, 2010 in “Seeing is Belize-ing”, a chronicle of my trip to Belize and Guatemala, which was hosted on the TravBuddy blog site that shuttered in April 2018. It was nice to sleep in for a change. In fact, we really did move slow on our first full…

From St. Marys to St. Mary’s

I had heard about the “8 Wonders of Kansas” competition through newspaper clippings sent from my Mom and from friends talking about certain Kansas attractions. One of the “Wonders” happened to be in the county north of St. Marys, so on Friday we decided to make a day trip up to see the historic and…

Visiting Friends in Olathe, Part II

I woke up to thunder and a bright horizon. Dark clouds paralleled a shiny sunrise in a typical but strange Kansas spring weather phenomenon. Considering it was a typical workday for Ann and her husband, I left early and began my drive back to St. Marys. The skies were both bright and dark simultaneously, but…

Visiting Friends in Olathe, Part I

It was high time for me to visit a dear friend of mine from high school, so finally on Tuesday I made arrangements with her and another high school friend to come down and visit. This of course provided another opportunity for a road trip! I left after lunch and headed east on US-24. After…

Flint Hills Drive

For years I have talked about going to Volland, a tiny town in the Flint Hills of Wabaunsee County. There wasn’t supposed to be anything much there but an old store supposedly still intact. I wasn’t sure if that store was still there, but the drive would only be about an hour so finally on…

Show Me a Weekend, Part III

As quickly as it came, our time in Boonville had come to a close and we really hadn’t gotten the chance to explore the town where we slept for two days. We had driven through the downtown several times going back and forth from Fayette, but never stopped. From the north, the Missouri River bridge…