As we drove south from Des Moines yesterday we slowly saw more and more yellow and less and less green in the fields until we began to see field after field after field of corn crops that looked like Thanksgiving decorations, yellow and dry. With severe heat the last month or more and lack of rainfall this part of the corn belt is taking it hard and will take many years to recover financially from their losses on their current crops.
South of Des Moines on Interstate 35 is Kansas City. To me Kansas City used to mean the Royals and the Chiefs, but today means three words Bar B Cue. As we were taking a pit stop to fill up and let out north of the city I called the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.
"Kansas City Chamber of Commerce."
"Hello, we are from California and driving south on I-35 and then will continue south on highway 71 towards Joplin. Since we are passing through Kansas City we would like to have some barbecue for lunch. Can you recommend a place near our route?"
"Well we have a rather iconic barbecue you may want to try..."
Before she said it I knew what she was going to say and I started to salivate..."Arthur Bryant's."
Yes! Arthur Bryants! On our route! This is like a baseball fan being told, "yes we do have seats for you...in Yankee Stadium...and you will see a no hitter." Or a Catholic being told, "yes we do have room for you in Mass...in the Sistine Chapel...and the Pope will conduct the service."
Arthur Bryant is a legend in barbecue and his original restaurant is a mecca for barbecue lovers. Like me.
|Blaire enjoying her last rib---Dad is so proud!|
Finally around 4:00 we hit the Missouri-Oklahoma border, I was back in my birth state. I reminded my daughters of their heritage in the state with their dad, uncle, sister, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-grandmother we all born here.
We arrived in Tulsa around 5:00 and I drove past the house where I grew up, told the girls about the first time I rode my bike, and other childhood stories. We then proceeded to our digs for the next few days, the home of my Godmother Ann Lake Wilson and her husband Mickey and proceeded to chat for hours telling stories and letting the kids soak up their family history.
Today we see the sights of Tulsa and more history lessons for Blaire and Jenna. It has cooled off some and the thermometer may just crease 100 according to one weather report.
It's feels good to be back home in Tulsa and enjoying the people and places.