Blogs from Abilene, Kansas, United States, North America


North America » United States » Kansas » Abilene June 29th 2019

June 29 We woke today to more heat. It seems it would only be a degree or two cooler today and the heat advisory was still in effect. Our granddaughter arrived around 10:30 am. Courtney is the oldest of our grandchildren and the only one we’ve spent extensive time with alone. As a young girl and later as a teenager, Courtney frequently spent time with us, a week or two during the summer. We have taken her to all sorts of historical places over the years: Washington DC, Vermont, Philadelphia, New York City and all over New Jersey. She stayed with us in California too where we had a grand time in Monterey, San Francisco, and the Redwoods. After our retirement she was grown and on her own so we have not seen her much for ... read more
David the photographer!
Dogs recovering after being outside in the heat!.

North America » United States » Kansas » Abilene July 16th 2014

Today's itinerary was simple, but cry important for me personally: we simply toured the Eisenhower Museum, Library, and boyhood home in Abilene KS and then returned home. As a student of World War II, and particularly the European Theater of Operations, I have long held Eisenhower as a hero. I am not sure that anyone else could have done the job he did in keeping together the alliance that defeated Nazi Germany. It should be remembered that alliance forces are rarely fully successful, mostly because the alliance are generally fragile and the egos and agendas of the individual participant nations usually rule the day. Ike never let that happen while Supreme Commander of SHAEF. It has been said that his knowledge of military tactics was lacking, and I will leave that discussion to those who know ... read more
Beds for the boys in Eisenhower boyhood home
Statue of Ike at Museum
Quotation in Chapel

North America » United States » Kansas » Abilene September 2nd 2012

On the way across I-70 we stopped in Abilene to ride the train operated by Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad and got to watch a gunfight... read more

North America » United States » Kansas » Abilene May 23rd 2010

Sunday May 23rd This morning we visit the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene. We view a film about his life and his presidential years and walk around the beautiful grounds which contain Ike’s boyhood home. We then head south to historic Council Grove where many wagon trains stocked up on supplies for the trek west along the Santa Fe Trail. Many stately homes and public buildings. We find a great campsite at Lake Council Grove just outside town. We are finding that “camping” apparently means “RVing” nowadays, and frequently campgrounds do not have spaces for tents, or if they do, the campsites are “primitive”, ie. no running water or restrooms, just a picnic table, fire ring and an occasional “vault” (pit) toilet (definitely not to my standard). This campsite was a pleasant surprise, with a nice ... read more
Eisenhower boyhood home
Drive through Flint Hills area of Kansas
Council Grove home

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