You guys know I travel a lot, both for fun and for work, and I clearly enjoy getting outside the United States.  However, there is something to be said for a good ole American road trip!  Even though trips like these can turn into a lot of driving, I really enjoy traveling around this beautiful country of ours and seeing new things.  One thing I’ve never done though, is drive across the country before, and that’s something I’ve always wanted to do… so this past summer Holly and I did it.  I had work to do in Denver, so instead of flying out there, we just decided to drive it.

The job I’ve had for the last two and half years is a work-remote role, which gives me lots of freedoms as to where I work, but one of the trade-offs is I rarely get to see my coworkers (there are a good number of my coworkers that I’ve never met in person).  Now, I know what some of you are thinking, “Man I wish I didn’t have to ever see some of my coworkers!”, and I totally get that! LOL BUT, I really like the people who are on my team (more than just them, actually, but they’re the only ones I interact with on a regular basis).  With that in mind, Holly and I decided to take a slightly different route to Denver than you would typically take from Tennessee, so that we could stop by Independence, Kansas, to see my coworker Stefanie, and meet her family.

While we were in town we did a bit of sightseeing, which included the Little House on the Prairie museum and bumming around the town.  Independence, Kansas is a quaint little town with a population of just under 9,000.  Its architecture has a very western feel to it, and when I spotted the Independence Museum it reminded me of an old jail (the picture above is actually of the side of the building) or something.  I really liked all the lines of the bricks, the symmetry of the windows, and of course, those old globe lights!  I managed to capture this image early in the morning while the side was still in a shadow, such that I had nice even lighting all the way across the building.

Stay tuned!  Next week, Colorado!

–Dan Thompson

Independence, Kansas

Independence, Kansas
221 W Myrtle St, Independence, KS 67301, USA

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