More Kansas Fun

I returned to Alaska late Tuesday night and was relieved to be back in cool temperatures. It is nice to be back home, but now that means I have to look for a job. I am currently procrastinating by blogging about my trip to visit Dan the Geologist.

My trip to Wichita was fantastic mostly because I got to spend time with Dan and meet his friends and family, but also because he was always taking me somewhere. He kept me busy and these are the rest of the places I could recommend for anyone visiting the area:

One of the most interesting places we visited was the Kansas Cosmosphere. I could have spent all day in there.

Dan took me Mini-golfing. I expected to lose, but not by so much. The loss was so bad that he didn’t even bother adding up the scores. I did, however, get a hole in one.

Musical Theater of Wichita performed A Chorus Line. It was a great performance with a quality cast. This script allows for a lot of character development and the cast did not disappoint.

The Wichita Art Museum had some interesting exhibitions, but I’m not really into nudes of Marilyn Monroe. There was, as all of them are, a stunning photograph of Audrey Hepburn. I much more preferred the art offered up at the Society of Decorative Painters which has its headquarters in Wichita. Folk art I can understand.

And of course, what good is a trip to visit a geologist if he doesn’t take you to the Kansas Oil and Gas Museum? This was an interesting exhibit! I got to compare the smell of Kansas oil to that of Alaska oil and I have to say Alaska oil was a lot nicer on the nasal passage. Although we were able to see gianormous maps, smell oil, watch miniature drills in action, explore old houses dating from the time of the oil boom and walk up on the platform of an oil derrick, I think I had the most fun in the children’s area where Dan’s sister and I dressed up in aprons and bonnets and managed to distract him long enough to buckle some chaps around his waist. There was even a lasso. Yeah, I lassoed me a man.

Erica and her Terrible Swede took us to eat at Byblos Deli & Catering. I don’t think I’d had Lebanese food before, so it was a real treat. I love small hole-in-the-wall eateries. The food was excellent and their prices surprisingly low.

Erica and her Terrible Swede also accompanied us to visit Messiah Lutheran Church, the only local WELS congregation. They were exceptionally friendly. The pastor’s wife likes to travel so I requested a home visit.

On the way to the airport, Dan took me to Sonic (I had no idea drive-in restaurants still existed) for a cherry lime-aid just like he did when he picked me up from the airport at the beginning of my visit. I don’t know if the rest of the world is in love with lime-aids, but Kansans seem to have figured it out. They are yummy.

While it’s not as easy for me to blog about personal stuff as it is for Dan, I will say that things just keep getting better between us. His family was warm and welcoming to me. I enjoyed them immensely - in fact it was a huge relief to meet them and find they were so much fun and so easy to get along with. It quickly felt like I’d known them for a lot longer than I had.

3 Responses to “More Kansas Fun”

  1. Devona Says:

    I’m glad you had fun.

    Woah, your comments box is acting wierd.

    Ok, then. I hope that you guys get to visit each other again soon. I love a good romance story.

    I’m really happy for you guys.

  2. Erica Says:

    We really enjoyed having you here! I, too, hope you get to visit again really soon. I also know that once you find a job, it will probably be a while before you’re able to leave for a visit.

    May God bless you in your search, and may He bless your relationship with Dan.

  3. Ron Olson, the Terrible Swede Says:

    Mmm… Byblos… Mmm…

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