Trip West 2003 - The Midwest
DAY 2 - September 28, 2003
After a night in Concordia, MO (home of CSR website fan Barbara S., Hi
Barbara!) we moseyed on into Kansas City....
... as we are approaching KC, Kenny happens to notice a billboard that he
thought said Cablea's on it. I thought thats weird, the only Cabela's I knew of
was way on the western side of Nebraska in Sidney. Surely he read the billboard
wrong, they wouldn't advertise something that far away from here (unlike Walls
Drugs!). Then Kenny sees another billboard, the Cabela's is on the western side
of Kansas City! I can't believe it. We've been to the one in Sidney a few
times, but since I discovered the Nebraska Sand Hills, I haven't been back by
there in many years. Sidney is a little out of the way. But there is a brand
new Cabela's in KC!! So we detour a little to go to it!
For those of you not familiar with Cabela's, they are the "World's
Foremost Outfitter of Hunting, Fishing, and Outdoor Gear". For me it's
like a kid getting to go to Santa's shop a the North Pole.
Here I am in front of the huge Elk sculpture to the side of the store. Their
stores are so big, they have to have traffic directors like Disney World. They
... Cabela's stores are veritable cathedrals to everything you would ever
want when going outdoors. Their stores are also famous for something I usually
don't agree with, but...
... their taxidermy mount displays are unbelievable. The store is almost
like a nature museum...
... this of course was the African display...
... Complete with a Baboon escaping a Leopard.
Here are some Grizzly bears are fighting in the Rockies display...
... where a whole herd of Elk, and Big Horn Sheep, and Deer, and just about
every other animal to be found in the Rockies can be seen. Kind of makes you
wonder if there are any animals left in the wild! But the display is
impressive, they even have...
.. an Alaskan bush plane... complete with whirling propeller!
Here I'm looking back down from the second floor were there is a rustic
furniture section and a 180-seat restaurant! This
will show you the KC store I was in. They have 4 web pages just on this store!
You might be able to see Kenny down at the bottom of the stairs. The ponds had
live ducks in them.
Kenny and I racked up. I got a pair of insulated Rocky boots and about
100lbs of Cabela's and Carhartt shirts
and pants. Kenny got a crossbow! Boy we're getting off to a scary spending
start to the trip! But then, I don't get to go to the outfitter wonderland very
After Cabela's we head north. I always stop at this last rest stop in
Missouri along I-29 N. Here the dogs get to run around and stretch some
Next to the rest area is an old cemetery, apparently from 1840. I wonder
what all happened here, and what the significance of this cemetery is?
As we travel along the Missouri river valley, there are hundreds of farms.
Classic, big farms with big old farmhouses... and barns bigger than the houses.
Here we are at the end of the day. We're on Hwy 2, the short cut to Lincoln
from I-29. I can remember when this was just a two lane road! We're much deeper
into the Prairie now. Big, wide and open. And blessedly a lot fewer people.
Being on this road again reminds me of the time I was here in 1997. Me,
Kenny, and Timber were in my 4Runner and my parents were in Dad's Tacoma,
making our way through 2 feet of snow! Eastern Nebraska had gotten hit with an
early blizzard in September. The power was out all over Nebraska and we were
some of the last to make it into Lincoln before all the hotels filled up.
People were coming into town were they could get warm and eat!
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