We left the Landing on Saturday morning and headed for Crawford State Park to join up with our friends for an Eagles rally. It seems odd to be the only ones in a motor home, but the Eagles are a pretty accepting bunch and we are still non-voting members of the group. We have wonderful hosts, Mike and Susan Groves. Yesterday they provided chili for everyone and time to get together around the fire. Smoke and cold drove me out early, but I did enjoy the chili and companionship.
Today we had a group outing to a restaurant just outside Pittsburg, KS, called Chicken Annie’s. This area was coal mining country in the last century and the original Chicken Annie, Annie Pichler, began cooking and selling dinners for miners when her husband was disabled in a mining accident in 1934. Weekends found the family relocating their living room furniture to accommodate all the diners. Eventually, business grew to the point that the family moved out to open up more space and even added extra rooms because of increased demand for Annie’s chicken dinners. The restaurant moved to the larger present building in 1972, but the same good food is being served and Annie’s family still owns and operates it.
Just down the street a few doors is a competitor, Chicken Mary’s. While we haven’t eaten there, we understand sentiments run high and everyone seems to have a favorite. Chicken Annie’s chicken breast was tender and moist with very little breading and the gizzards, livers and hearts were nicely done. Next time I think we’ll have to try Chicken Mary’s just to be fair.
Back about 8 years ago, we went to see Big Brutus, the second largest electric shovel in the world.
Today our group went to see it again and it is still a jawdropping sight. Back when LeRoy was designing farm equipment, he designed a 500 bushel grain cart for John Deere. If I read the sign correctly, the bucket on Big Brutus would hold 2000 bushels and I thought that grain cart was big! (Of course, nowadays grain carts are even bigger, but that’s beside the point.) It is truly an amazing machine, a one of a kind build costing $6.5 million in 1963. LeRoy and most of the group climbed up and around the inside while Chicken Little Anne stayed on the ground after climbing to the first landing. For perspective, that’s Donna Thomas in the picture and she’s about my height or shorter.
Each of the 32 plates in the tracks weigh about a ton! No wonder it moved at the rate of about .25 miles per hour.
Tomorrow is a lazier day to give the women time to cook and these Eagle ladies do know how to cook! Just thinking about supper tomorrow night has my mouth watering already!