Monday, October 3, 2011

Festiva Madness trip... day eleven. Happy Birthday E!

Had a great breakfast at the Super 8 in Troy and then hit the road for our drive across the state of Missouri.  Filled up with gas before we headed out and paid to lowest price so far... $2.999 per gallon, which works out to only 73.9 cents per liter!!! Our route took us west along I-70 and it turned out to be a very busy road. A lot more traffic that what we'd seen on most of the trip so far and the truck traffic seemed to be very heavy, no pun intended. Other than that the drive was uneventful. We stopped in at the Hallmark Visitor Center in Kansas City... yes the Hallmark that marks all those cards. Also went to "Kaleidoscope" next door to the visitor center. Here the you can make all kinds of cards and puzzles and other things. It's geared for younger kids but even I made a birthday card!

Arriving in Kansas City passing the home of the Kansas City Royals baseball team.

The visitor center was very informative and you could watch some of the work being done in the card making process. We watched a short video that was put together a couple of years ago on the 100th anniversary of the company. It is still owned and operated by the same family!!

Happy Birthday E!!!

Here's a couple of shots of in Kaleidoscope...

After we'd done our masterpieces here we headed into the Crown Centre to find a bite to eat and picked up some bagels at "Einstein Brothers"... very tasty. Stopped in at the Crayola store as well...

The birthday boy and a color wheel made of crayons.
Next stop was at Marcus and Dee's in Dearborn MO. Marcus is a fellow Festiva fanatic and it just happens to be his birthday today as well. He has had as many as twelve Festivas but currently has "only" seven, six of which are licensed and insured! The seventh is a parts car. E & I were eager to climb Marcus' tree house which reaches up about 30 feet in an oak tree. I can't get the photos rotated on this computer so I won't post them but will try at the next stop.

In the shop. There's four Festivas in here, two white ones and two red.

Happy Birthday boys!!!
Thanks to Marcus and Dee for their hospitality. We really appreciated the home cooked meal. Our only regret is that we didn't have enough time to explore the property. Maybe next time!

Now sitting in St Joseph MO and it's getting late. Off to bed and up and on the road again in the morning. Interstate 29 is closed north of here so we're going to head west first into Kansas and then up through Nebraska before getting to our next destination, Rapid City SD.


  1. Looks like a fun B-day for E!! Glad to hear you're all enjoying your trip... so much to see and experience :-)

  2. Happy birthday E! Can't wait to see the treehouse pictures!