Wednesday started with a visit to Hallmark’s headquarters in Kansas City. They have a space called Kaleidoscope where kids can create art for free. The kids enjoyed moving from one station to the next and completing different projects. Even Caroline liked coloring with markers. Then we headed across the street to a mall with an interactive exhibit designed around popular children’s stories. The kids played for a while and then we ate lunch in the food court.
In the afternoon, we went to the Arabia Steamboat Museum. There we took a guided tour that explained how a group of men dug up this sunken ship full of treasures in the 1980s. The Arabia had hit a tree snag back in 1856 and quickly sank, however all of the 150 people on board survived. (Lexi was disappointed to find out that the only casualty was a mule who had been tied to the boat when it sank.) The Missouri River has since changed course, and these men found the wreck about 1/2 mile from the current river in the middle of a farmer’s field. It was buried 45 feet deep and held the largest treasure of pre-Civil War artifacts in the world. (The guide informed us that when it went down, it was carrying 220 tons of cargo, which is more than 11 semi trucks can hold!) The museum contained parts of the ship as well as many displays of the artifacts that were found. It was an incredible collection and well worth the stop.
We then drove to St. Joseph about 1 hour north of Kansas City. On the way, we noticed the car’s thermometer read 100 degrees outside! It feels like we are headed west, as we are staying at a Stoney Creek hotel with a western theme throughout. We ate dinner at Whiskey Creek that also had a western theme with posters from old Westerns lining the walls. Then we finished the night with a dip in the pool, which is quickly becoming our routine. The weather forecast calls for rain tomorrow, but at least it is supposed to bring cooler temperatures with it!