13. Wichita, KS to Abilene, KS; August 27, 2011

Awash in the glory of seeing three presidential museums in one Virginia week, we (I) set a family goal to see them all.  Kris found a presidential fact sheet on the back of a cereal box, cut it out, and put it on Zach’s changing table.  Zach began to share our passion.

Zach at four months old, presidential fact sheet and bunny counting chart are in the background.

I searched for the closest presidential museums, learned that Zachary Taylor did not have a museum or historic home, and planned a trip north to Eisenhower’s home in Abilene, KS.

We drove up to Abilene on a Saturday morning and took in Ike’s humble beginnings.  His presidential library, the first one we visited run by the National Archives, explained a Kansas childhood, a world-renowned general, and the national highway system.  We spent a couple hours at the museum as Zach slept.  We also walked the grounds on the warm, bright Kansas day.

Zach, enthralled again.

We lunched in Abilene at Joe Snuffy’s, a red and white checkered diner; the only one we could find that was open.  Zach woke up and I gave him the inside of some french fries when Kris went to the bathroom.


And we headed back to Wichita.


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