Lawrence Journals

In Kansas Cornfields

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A travel journal to Lawrence by jrheimbach

Tagging Monarchs Photo, Lawrence, Kansas More Photos
Quote: Lawrence Kansas sits just west of Kansas City metropolitan area, with multiple highways and back roads that travel across this 45 miles section of farmland. The small communities between KC and Lawrence offer plenty of activities in the autumn mostly resulting from a good harvest.

In Kansas Cornfields

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Setting them free Photo, Lawrence, Kansas
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Although I grew up in the urban part of Kansas, I have always been facinated with the rural areas. Through my school day opportunities and by being the parent chaperone for my daughters' school field trips, I grew with my exposure to plants, bugs and animals. Now as an adult, I truly appreciate the opportunities and contributions of the midwest farmers and their willingness to share animals, bugs and great food with us city dwellers. Tagging monarchs fascinated my dad. His interest in science extends to all kinds of animals and insects, so he excitingly participated in this study. As we visited the wineries, I appreciate my wife offering to drive so I could taste the samples. She di...Read More

Free State Brewing Company

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Restaurant | "Free State Brewery"

Free State Brewing Company Photo, Lawrence, Kansas
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Several friends heartily recommended Free State Brewery's sandwiches and early on a Sunday evening we finally had an opportunity. Other attempts to eat here were unsuccessful as the restaurant was booked full until closing. The restaurant / bar / brewery is located on the north side of downtown Lawrence and limited metered parking spots line Massachusetts Ave. I pulled a quick u-turn in the street to catch the only open parking spot. Good! Parking is free on Sundays. The entrance to the restaurant looks just like a college town bar. The bar stools were occupied with 21 - 23 year olds. This smoked filled section supported an open balcony on the second floor for those who enjoyed cigarette smo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 6, 2002

Free State Brewing Company
636 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
(785) 843-4555

Kelleys Grill & Bar

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Restaurant | "Kelleys Grill & Bar"

Kelleys Grill & Bar Photo, Lawrence, Kansas
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While driving back to Kansas City along highway 24 / 40 (also known as State Ave), we passed a small green building, surrounded by a completely full parking lot. The marquee out front flashed "Tacos 50 cents." "Let's stop," I told my wife. Usually when a restaurant is this crowded, there's a good reason. We turned around at the next opportunity and drove back to Kelleys. We parked by the outside eating area, wisely placed on the east side of the building. The slant of the roof shaded the diners from the hot sun as it set in the west. The hostess took our names (first name only) as we waited a brief 10 minutes before being seated. Our table was located in the middle of the restaurant,...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 6, 2002

Kelleys Grill & Bar
15540 State Avenue
Lawrence, Kansas 66007
(913) 724-1126

Amazing Bugs Corn Maze

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Amazing Bugs Corn Maze Photo, Lawrence, Kansas
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For the fourth year, the Pendleton's have carved a maze in their corn field, in the shape of bugs. The 10 feet high corn maze covers about 12 acres, giving people an excellent opportunity to get lost and find their way out. There are three mazes this year. The primary and largest maze is a bumble bee. The bee's head is at the beginning of the maze and a small bridge juts out at the opposite end to indicate the stinger. A smaller grasshopper maze is just off the wing of the bee and the smallest maze is a ladybug located opposite the bee's head. Additionally, for people that don't enjoy mazes, there is a labyrinth with one path in and one path out. By the time we visited the maze, the ef...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2002

Amazing Bugs Corn Maze
1446 E. 1850
Lawrence, Kansas

Davenport Orchards

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Attraction | "Davenport Orchard and Winery"

Davenport Orchards Photo, Lawrence, Kansas
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"Apple wine?", I asked dubiously."It's a dessert wine," Charlee Glinka replied and poured a small amount of Bonne Pomme into my glass.I smelled the bouquet and took a sip. My taste buds could have been fooled. I thought I had just taken a bite of the juiciest Jonathan Delicious apple. Yes, I could drink this as a dessert wine, especially with a piece of apple pie and ice cream. I should not have been surprised with the apple wine as Davenport has acres of apple trees in their orchard. Carloads of families pulled into the small parking lot (located just a half mile north of the 1900 street exit off highway 10) with their brown paper sacks and small boxes, ready to pick apples. A tract...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2002

Davenport Orchards
1394 E. 1900 Road
Lawrence, Kansas 66025
(785) 542-2278

Heimhof Winery

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Attraction | "Heimhof Winery and Gift SHop"

Heimhof Winery Photo, Lawrence, Kansas
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From my own last name, I knew "heim" meant "home", but I had no idea how to translate "hof"."It means yard or vineyard", the owner responded. Okay, so Heimhof is the "Home Vineyard", the perfect description for a producer of white wines crafted in the German tradition. Interestingly, the owner was from Louisiana and still spoke with a strong accent. We took the back roads to arrive at this winery. From Tonganoxie (just northeast of Lawrence), we followed County Road Five as it curved through the farmland. I was surprised at the amount of development. Large sections of land had been subdivided into five to ten acre lots, ideal for someone who just wanted a "bit of property". The comu...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 11, 2002

Heimhof Winery
25168 Tonganoxie Road
Lawrence, Kansas 66048
(913) 351-3467

Holy Field Vineyard & Winery

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Attraction | "Holy Fields Winery"

Holy Field Vineyard & Winery Photo, Lawrence, Kansas
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Holy Fields does not have any religious affiliation. Before standard street names were assigned, 158th street used to be "Holyfield Road". The Meyer family own and operate this small vineyard and winery, keeping the production small to focus on quality of grapes and wine production. A small chest which sat next to the cash register was full of red and blue ribbons illustrating the international and national winemaking awards. We started with the fuller bodied wines and progressed to the lighter and sweeter wines. My favorites were the Tailgate Red and the Tailgate White. The red wine was off-dry and not as heavy as the other red wines. The white wine was made from a blend of local grapes, creating...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2002

Holy Field Vineyard & Winery
18807 W 158th Street
Lawrence, Kansas 66012
(913) 724-9463

University of Kansas Natural History Museum Photo, Lawrence, Kansas
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The exhibits open to the public are on the third through the sixth floors of Dyche Hall on the University of Kansas. Walking up the stairs into the main entrance placed us on the fourth floor. A handicap entrance is just to the right of the main entrance, very close to the elevator. Students man the museum entry, offering to make change if needed for the recommended $4 donation for admission. Money is dropped in a fishbowl that sits on the entrance desk. The fourth floor is the panorama of North American plants and animals, starting with the tropical areas on one side of the door all the way around the room to the artic areas on the other side of the door. Each section is well labeled so that vari...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2002

University of Kansas Natural History Museum
14th Street and Jayhawk Blvd., Dyche Hall
Lawrence, Kansas

Tagging Monarchs

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Tagging Monarchs Photo, Lawrence, Kansas
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Each year starting around the last week of August and lasting through the first week of October, hundreds and thousands of Monarch butterflies begin their annual migration from the United States down to the same place in Mexico. All the butterflies to the east of the Rocky Mountains pass through the mid-west. I learned about the Monarch Watch, an organization that helps track the butterflies' migration, from my daughters as they participated in some of these activities during their school years. When I heard that Pendleton's was a designated volunteer of Monarch Watch, we decided to offer our time to help with tagging this year. I have always loved working with animals and bugs, so this activ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2002

Tagging Monarchs
Pendleton's Market
Lawrence, Kansas