They say that life is better lived if you stop and smell the roses along your journey so what better way to kick-off our Kansas 50/50 than to take in the 24th annual Wamego Tulip Festival. Wamego is a small town just east of Manhattan with a well-kept park that contains a dutch mill windmill, a large lake for fishing and numerous amenities for any activity you may want to do. The park is the center of the festival with around 150 food and craft vendors with games and crafts for the kids and live music most of the day. Although there were the traditional fair food vendors consisting of turkey legs, heaping piles of tatertwisters covered in melted cheese and the always present funnel cakes, we chose to try out a place called the Friendship House which is an old Victorian style house turned restaurant. Ok food with a neat atmosphere.
I can already tell that one of the other fun aspects of this Kansas 50/50 adventure will be the interesting folks that we are going to meet along the way. On this trip we met Jack and Bev, owners of Miss Bev’s Seasonings, Rubs and Dips. The seasonings caught my attention since they are low in sodium and gluten-free which can be hard to find these days. The blue cheese dip was my favorite and the Rooster Rub on the bbq chicken was mmm good. We haven’t had the opportunity to try the pork rub yet but their slogan says it all….. “A little butt rub makes everything better”. Can’t wait! The thing that intrigued me the most was that Jack and Bev made it a point to interact with everyone that came by. Good old-fashioned social marketing. They made a connection, didn’t just try to sell you something. And Jack was not to shy to give out free advice. He gave me a few pointers on how to handle my harem that I brought along with me. He said Kevin, always tell your wife she is right no matter what and tell her she can plan and do things way better than you. But don’t tell her that it took centuries of genetic training to make this happen so us men can have more time for golf and fishing. Thanks Jack…. I’ll keep that in mind.
The second stop on this day trip was between Wamego and Manhattan to a spot hidden away down a gravel road call Pillsbury Crossing. As the road approached a creek bed it dipped down to the water and seemed to disappear. But come to find out it’s a large rock ledge where the creek flows over it shallow enough for cars to pass over on a normal day. The day we happened by there were several cars parked out in the water with several folks fishing while others just sat in lawn chairs soaking up the sun listening to their favorite tunes enjoying the water fall. It’s definitely a place to go enjoy an afternoon picnic or maybe exploring the creek from a canoe. Just the small area we saw, it’s understandable why it’s been voted as one of the 8 wonders of Kansas.
Life’s an adventure. Live it!