Sounds implausible, I know, but when you are traveling with the speeding Diplomat going from Omaha, NE to Kansas City, MO — you actually cross through Iowa. Did I say “speeding”? Yes I did, although Steve denied it to the Iowa state trooper. I think my husband is trying to impress me with getting pulled over in every state from Nebraska to Maryland!! I prefer chocolate. So here is the breakdown State-by-State:

Nebraska ˜ After my rant about most of this state yesterday, I discovered that Omaha is a charming little city in the light of day. The place that Warren Buffet calls home couldn’t be too bad after all. We spent the morning walking through the Heartland of America Park which was very nice (except for the bathroom situation of course – what is with Nebraska & bathrooms?), and then headed to the OLD Market area to check out the farmers market, and lunch at M’s Pub at the recommendation of a friend-of-a-friend (Erin) who is from there. Great little spot. Lexi ate my lamb burger, I ate Steve’s gourmet roast beef lavash & Steve ate warm rolls with butter. Perfect! Then we picked up some home-made fudge for the road from The Old Market Candy Shop. YUM 🙂

leisurely lunch in Omaha at M’s

Iowa ˜ There was nothing to see but cornfields for miles and barely a rest-stop along the way. We did finally find one, which was the quirkiest place I have ever been to – selling everything from refreshments to mattresses, hunting tools, souvenirs & go carts, AND was no larger than a mini-mart!! I gotta give the Iowans credit though — they do bathrooms better than Nebraska. Clean AND HEATED TOILET SEATS!! I was in restroom heaven . There was an antique store right next door, which must double as a mortuary………

Scary

Missouri ˜ Our final stop for the day was Kansas City and I regret that we are only here for one night (there are children & work obligations to tend to).  In our few hours this evening, we were able to experience a few of the many gentrified neighborhoods that this town has to offer. There appears to be so many cultural activities, fountains, parks, memorials, shopping areas & restaurants. I might have to re-visit. We are staying in the new (3 week young) boutique hotel called “The Ambassador“; Fitting for a Diplomat, dont you think? It is a wonderful spot and dog friendly. Lexi was their 1st guest, and while they so graciously supplied her with a dog bed — she had other plans…..

The “princess” at “The Ambassador”

Dinner was an equally nice surprise. We dined Al fresco at The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange. There is history behind this place which gave it additional charm. The food was fantastic!! I loved my grilled octopus and salad of sustainable picked & grilled greens, and Steve ventured & really enjoyed the roasted goat. The owner, Ryan Maybee, made us feel so welcome as did our fabulous waitress Jen. As I said — maybe we will re-visit. Until then, just memories of 3 states in 3 hours……