Starting a new state in the Bucket List series today. Maine is split into 8 distinct travel regions, but two are smaller lists, so the bucket list series for Maine will be shared in seven installments. Today we head into a region filled with one of our favorite things: lighthouses!
Wood Island Lighthouse: Reached only by boat, but visible from a walking trail.
Goat Island Lighthouse: Reached only by boat or visible by small park.
Whaleback Light: Visible from shore in several places.
Marginal Way: Beautiful coastaline walk.
Hamilton House: Georgian style mansion built in the late 1700’s by a rich shipping merchant.
Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge: Enjoy time among the salt water marshes.
Boon Island Light: Accessed only by boat.
Cape Neddick Light: Another lighthouse accessed only by boat.
Mount Agamenticus: Access the views from this peak by driving to the top in this park.
All attractions found in the 2021 Maine Travel Planner
Our second full day in Kansas City brought us to a museum we had visited once before, The National WWI Museum and Memorial. This museum is a stunning site to see even if you just go to the park for some photos of the Memorial itself. Its Liberty Tower reaches high to the sky! The tower is usually open for tours to the top, but due to pandemic restrictions that was a no go this time around.
We bought our tickets in advance to avoid time in any lines. They had the outer doors labeled so that if you already had tickets, you would go in one door, whereas those who didn’t would enter a different door. You do not need your tickets immediately as you are directed to the right to a small auditorium space where you are encouraged to watch an introductory film. This film details how Europe and its various empires were growing and changing leading up to the “shot heard round the world.” They had benches spaced within proper social distancing guidelines so that each party could have their necessary space as we watched.
Following this you cross over a field of poppies to access the main galleries. Most people don’t always think to look down at the poppies, so be sure you do when you visit!
From there you are guided to your right to access the first gallery. This gallery focuses on the start of the war to right before America got involved. You learn about the two trios of power that worked to fight against each other and how weapons and warfare had changed since many of these countries and empires had previously fought. One volunteer was especially helpful in giving us a detailed account of how their uniforms changed over time: from the bright and colorful, to the dark, hidden colors to keep you safe in trench warfare.
This particular gallery has a unique set up where you can view “into” a trench in various locations to see what soldiers would have experienced. They have a running soundtrack of yells and guns and bombs going off to make it especially realistic.
Towards the end of this gallery they also had a section that featured both the improvements in flight and submarine/naval advancements that led to a very different type of war. This included several diagrams of just how many battles and forces were found in the air and on the sea, and also showcased a few artifacts related to those submarines.
From there you proceed forward to an overlook of a trench with several benches to sit on. This is where you will watch a second film; one that details how America came to be involved in the war. This film is a bit longer but it not to be missed as it really helps to introduce the progression of the war and incorporates the trench overlook into it.
From there you proceed into the second and final gallery. This one of course focuses more heavily on American involvement both at home and on the ground across the sea. It also has a special feature of a tank, how it would look to be “inside” the tank, and what a crater that was created by a tank would look like. This gallery of course leads up to the end of the war and the peace agreement that came with it.
The museum also features a small gift shop and has a café available as well. Currently the café only offered to-go options due to current pandemic restrictions, but when we had previously visited they had a nice area to sit and enjoy your meal.
Admission is $18 per adult. Children and senior prices are a bit lower, but the admission price is well worth it for all the information they have in these galleries. The volunteer staff is also always willing to share their insights further into exhibits which really enhances your time there as well.
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This past week, Sites and Bites Journal finally got back on the road again! We spent 4 days/5 nights in Kansas City, Missouri and loved being out exploring again, even if some pandemic precautions are still in place! We rented a lovely Airbnb (more on that in a future post), enjoyed good food, did some shopping, and also hit up a few local attractions that were back open to the public! We often ate our lunches in restaurants or in the car, but always got our dinners to go and brought them back to our Airbnb to help keep our contact with people to a minimum.
Our first day we did a lot of shopping at big stores like REI and Ikea that we just don’t have around here! We also did a lot of walking around our neighborhood and decided to even walk to grab out dinner that first full day at Jack Stack Barbeque. Luckily, our Airbnb was just a mile from the Country Club Plaza, which had many shops and restaurants, including Jack Stack. We placed our order online and then made the trek down the street to pick it up at the appropriate time.
Jack Stack has this fun bull sculpture right outside the restaurant and I couldn’t resist getting a phot while we waited the final few minutes for our order to be ready! Luckily they had a separate door for all the carry out orders, so it was quick and easy to grab out food and be on our way back “home” to eat.
For this particular meal, we both ordered the 2 meat plates with brisket and pulled pork. I got mine with a side of fries, which you can see from the photo, there were plenty of! Andrew got his with a side of cheesy potatoes which were also delicious. We both decided that the brisket was better than the pulled pork from Jack Stack, but both meats were super tasty. I ate about half that night, had a tiny portion as a late night snack later, and still had a decent sized portion for leftovers another night! We also both tried different sauces, with Andrew opting for the original, and I opted for the spicy. The spicy had a lot of kick to it, so I don’t even want to imagine what their hot version is like!
Jack Stack is definitely a more refined, “fancier”, BBQ experience than some other BBQ joints we’ve visited in the past, but is well worth the time and money to try! We highly recommend, but both agree that of the two BBQ places we visited, this was our second favorite. The best is yet to come in a future post!
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Back at the blog for one more full week of Bucket List entries before we head out on an adventure next week! That means the following week I will finally have some “real life” adventures to share once more! But for this week we will round out New York and get a start on Vermont. Three days of New York left!
Pinnacle State Park: Take in some stunning views from this high up park.
Harriet Tubman National Historical Park: Visit the house of this famed Underground Railroad conductor.
Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansions State Historic Park: Visit the grounds of this sprawling Victorian estate.
Waverly Glen Park: Small city park that features a waterfall.
American Red Cross, Clara Barton House Chapter #1: This house details the history of the Red Cross and the life of Clara Barton.
Mark Twain Study and Exhibit: Visit the small cottage where they idea of Huck Finn was born.
Newtown Battlefield State Park: Site of American Revolution battle.
Fair Haven Beach State Park: Park that sits on the shores of Lake Ontario.
Buttermilk Falls State Park: Park names for the waterfall located in the park.
Cascadilla Creek Gorge: Enjoy several waterfalls along this creek.
Ithaca Falls on Fall Creek: One of several falls along the creek, this one is near the downtown area.
Robert H. Treman State Park: Features a gorge with several waterfalls.
Clark Reservation State Park: Park features a lake formed from a glacial waterfall.
Havana Glen Park and Gorge: Small park that has a short trail leading to a waterfall.
Fillmore Glen State Park: Wooded park that features a gorge and waterfall.
Ontario County Park at Gannett Hill: Take in the views from one of the highest spots in the county.
Pratts Falls County Park: Scenic trails lead to a 137 ft waterfall.
Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society and Museum: Lighthouse that sits above Lake Ontario.
High Falls: One of three sets of waterfalls along the Genesee River.
National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House: Home of Susan B. Anthony for 40 years while she was fighting for women’s rights.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton House: Home of Suffragist, Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
National Women’s Hall of Fame: Dedicated to the women who have changed the world.
Women’s Rights National Historical Park: Preserves the site of the first Women’s Rights Convention.
Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum: Picturesque lighthouse located on the shores of Lake Ontario.
Erie Canal Museum: Dives into the history of the Erie Canal.
Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology: Hands on science museum for all ages.
Taughannock Falls State Park: Park features a stunning 215 ft waterfall.
National Memorial Day Museum: Visit the house where the idea of Memorial Day was born.
Watkins Glen State Park: Beautiful hiking area to explore the rock formations and waterfall.
Chimney Bluffs State Park: These dramatic bluffs can be explored high above Lake Ontario.