We decided upon the spur of the moment to take a road trip last Thursday.  I scheduled two days off and then we were off.  So where can you go in a car that actually has something to do?  There are endless possibilities but we headed for Hutchinson, Kansas.

The casual reader would think:  WTF?

Well, that is the home of one of the best Air & Space museums in the United States aside from the Smithsonian.  They have an excellent collection of artifacts; not the least of which is one of the Mercury capsules that they dredged up from the bottom of the Atlantic where it had lain for nearly 40 years.  They also have a large number of spacecraft from the former Soviet Union.  Apparently, there was a traveling roadshow of artifacts and scientists going through when the former Soviet Union collapsed.  All their money and travel reservations were suddenly no good and so they ended up selling all their artifacts to the Cosmosphere for the cash to get home.  I guess everybody involved was okay with that.

We really just wanted something to do since we always have some good conversations with Evan when we’re on the road.  There are few distractions when you’re on a freeway and we did a lot of catching up and planning for the future. 

Before arriving at the museum, we stopped in Yoder, Kansas which consists of about six buildings.  Yoder is predominantly an Amish and Mennonite community and it’s obvious that a hardware store and a community market are about all that is necessary to such an independent community.  But somebody in Yoder has big plans:  they have a website and have tricked out the remaining four buildings on Main Street with boutiques and are actively encouraging tourists to stop and stay awhile.  You can’t stay that long actually since it doesn’t take that long to see everything.  That’s not to say it isn’t pleasant, only that it doesn’t take very long.  The hardware store is excellent; old-school with lots of small parts for sale and nails by the pound. They have a wide selection of oil lamps and replacement parts.  Gotta know your market after all.  There’s even a spiral stairway leading up into the loft which I guess is left over from the old days.

Yoder has an Amish-style restaurant which is really the big draw.  They have lots of high-carb stuff.  I had the catfish which was uncharacteristically served with the entire skeleton still in it.  Down south, we always get filets or random fish chunks but not in Yoder.  It took some getting used to.

It was a fun day.  Lots of driving but we had three adult drivers in the car so there was no reason to complain.

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