Daytripper: There’s no place like Wamego
July 15, 2013
According to the Library of Congress, “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) is the most-watched film ever, and the American Film Institute rates it the No. 1 fantasy film of all time. Who doesn’t want to go “somewhere over the Rainbow” when times get tough? Just a little over an hour’s drive from Lawrence, the Land of Oz beckons.
Daytripper: A day with the dinosaurs
June 17, 2013
If you’ve got a preschooler or early grade schooler, then the topic of dinosaurs probably looms large in your household. Increase your “cool quotient” with your own kids this summer by taking some Jurassic Journeys close to home.
Traveling light: Smart packing helps make the most of summer trips
June 3, 2013
Whether your upcoming summer vacation is long or short, active or leisurely, stateside or abroad, the same underlying principles of packing apply. Here are the best tips from a couple who’ve successfully packed for everything from a Kenyan adventure to a weekend in the city in just a carry-on bag. By Sara Shepherd
Daytripper: We’re in the money
May 20, 2013
Whether you think that money can buy happiness or believe that money is the root of all evil, there’s no denying that the subject of money (and their love/hate relationship with it) has fascinated people from the time of Aristotle. If you’re one of these people, there are a couple of places not far from Lawrence that will “show you the money.”
Daytripper: Anglophile alert in the heartland
April 15, 2013
Although your budget might not allow you to hop across the pond this spring, there are still places within an easy day’s drive of Lawrence where Anglophiles can get their British fix. By Nancy Pistorius
Daytripper: Hutchinson is out of this world
March 18, 2013
Although it’s less than three hours’ driving time away from Lawrence, Hutchinson offers such out-of-this-world experiences that you might as well be on another planet.
Lawrence professionals give spring break safety, health tips
February 26, 2013
Snow storms and cold weather make winter feel as if it’s never ending, but for many, spring break is only a few weeks away. The ways students prep for spring break aren’t always best for them, but professionals in Lawrence have healthier and safer alternatives to get ready for a week on the beach. By Meagan Thomas
Daytripper: Hanging with Huck Finn in Hannibal, Mo.
February 18, 2013
In Hannibal, Mo., you’ll find the spirit of Mark Twain, who penned the classics “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” is very much alive.
Daytripper: Oklahoma City is more than OK
January 21, 2013
When Bobby Troupe wrote “Oklahoma City looks mighty pretty” in the Route 66 song back in 1946, he had no idea just how beautiful OKC was going to get by 2013.
Fix-It Chick: Wall-mounted safety gates best for stairwells
December 17, 2012
A properly installed safety gate is a great way to contain pets or protect children. Many safety gates are held in place by tension, but for stairways and frequently trafficked areas, a wall-mounted gate works best.
Daytripper: Babes in Toyland
December 17, 2012
Although kids in the 1800s may have dreamed only of getting a piece of candy in their stocking, today’s tots usually fantasize about the gazillions of toys they might find underneath the tree on Christmas morning. Anticipation is part of the fun.
Chamber of Commerce backs single terminal at KC airport
November 30, 2012
The Kansas City Chamber of Commerce is backing a controversial proposal to consolidate the city’s airport into one terminal.
Daytripper: First-rate attractions in first city of Kansas
November 19, 2012
There’s nothing quite like a carousel ride for the young and the young at heart. Listening to the cheerful organ music playing as you glide along on a brightly painted pony while the outside world, with its stresses and cares, blurs to meaninglessness, is probably as close to paradise as an earthbound mortal can get.
Daytripper: Spooky sightseeing
October 15, 2012
No need to travel all the way to Hotel Transylvania this Halloween season to encounter vampires, zombies, ghouls, ghosts, illusions, apparitions and various other members of the living dead.
Daytripper: A tale of two Springfields
September 17, 2012
Although there are more than 30 different Springfields in the United States, only two of them are close enough to Lawrence to make convenient weekend getaways — Springfield, Ill. (which just happens to be my hometown), and Springfield, Mo. Each Springfield has unique culinary options and family-friendly activities, and are within an easy day’s drive (Springfield, Mo., 195 miles; Springfield, Ill., 348 miles) away.