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Long Way to California

Takeoff from runway 19L out of Kansas City International Airport
Takeoff from runway 19L out of Kansas City International Airport

Kansas City is 1500 miles away from San Francisco but unfortunately last week it took far longer than the usual four to six hours of traveling. Weather caused delays with both the inbound aircraft, as well as the flight to Denver, causing a diversion south into central Texas to avoid thunderstorm activity. Mechanical issues with the airplane caused another significant delay while maintenance personnel tracked down fluids leaking from the wing. Unfortunately this led to my missing the connecting flight, and with high load factors another vacant seat between the two hubs was not available until the following afternoon so I was forced to spend the night at an area hotel.

Thunderstorms over the Texas Panhandle
Thunderstorms over the Texas Panhandle
Sofritos street tacos at Denver International Airport
Sofritos street tacos at Denver International Airport

The next day my new connecting flight was also delayed, this time first by air traffic compensation for weather causing capacity issues at SFO. This flight was also afflicted by mechanical issues though, this time a faulty avionics component. After an hour or so of troubleshooting, we were forced to deplane and find another aircraft. After an attempt to board quickly, the pilots timed out regardless forcing a wait for a new flight crew. Lunch was to be served, however we were cautioned against eating the food that went unrefridgerated for hours having been transferred from the previous plane.

More than 24 hours later, and about the same amount of time it would take to drive non-stop between the two cities, I arrived back in California. It was very unfortunate to lose a whole day out of an already short trip.

Flourless chocolate cake at Green's Restaurant in San Francisco
Flourless chocolate cake at Green's Restaurant in San Francisco
Glass at Green's overlooking the Marina
Glass at Green's overlooking the Marina

Pad See Ew

The Bay Area is home to many great restaurants and food outlets, including excellent Thai cuisine. Since moving to Kansas City, I've been on the lookout for good Thai. I generally first try pad see ew (ผัดซีอิ๊ว), a noodle dish made with dark soy sauce, broccoli, egg, and tofu, setting a baseline for comparison. Thus far I'd say I'm partial to Spices, a restaurant whose strip mall location I stumbled across accompanying a friend to the iPhone repair store a couple of doors down.

Tasty Thai on Prairie View at 72nd
Tasty Thai on Prairie View at 72nd
Lulu's Thai Noodle Shop on Central
Lulu's Thai Noodle Shop on Central
Lemongrass in Overland Park
Lemongrass in Overland Park
Spices in North Kansas City
Spices in North Kansas City
Koko Thai on Grand Blvd downtown
Koko Thai on Grand Blvd downtown
Thai Place in Overland Park
Thai Place in Overland Park
Spices in North Kansas City
Spices in North Kansas City
Hot Basil in Overland Park
Hot Basil in Overland Park

Extra: Driving north along the California coast from San Diego to the Bay Area I stopped for lunch in Lompoc, a smallish city just outside Vandenberg Air Force Base. I had to the restaurant once before, having arrived in town late at night and finding the non-chain location near the hotel we had selected for the night. The restaurant is basic and limited to counter service but the food is tasty.

Suvan's Kitchen in Lompoc, California
Suvan's Kitchen in Lompoc, California

Town of Barry

Map of the Town of Barry in 1877
Map of the Town of Barry in 1877

The area about a mile south of my home in northern Kansas City, on the other side of Highway 152, was once the town of Barry, now remembered by the major east-west thoroughfare having been renamed Barry Road. Founded in 1829 the frontier town was named for the then US Postmaster General.

Peter Hardeman Burnett, Barry resident and governor of California
Peter Hardeman Burnett, Barry resident and governor of California

There were a few buildings constructed as early as 1822, 14 years prior to the area immediately to the west being acquired by the United States in the Platte Purchase. The most well known settler from Barry was Peter Hardeman Burnett.

Burnett had little formal education and taught himself law and government, owning the general store before begin a career in law that included defending Joseph Smith. Burnett argued for a change of venue, during which Smith and his companions escaped and made their way to Illinois. Moving west in the 1840s Burnett was a state legislator in Oregon, where he helped pass African-American exclusion laws. During the California Gold Rush he moved to California, met the son of gold discoverer John Sutter, and was quickly employed selling land in the new city of Sacramento. He went on to be the first civilian governor of California, establishing cabinet posts and appointing senators for the new state, and saw most of his exclusion and anti-immigration legislative efforts fail.

Plaque on the 152 Trail
Plaque on the 152 Trail

Nothing noticeable remains of Barry beyond the basic road layout. Road widening in the 1980s removed whatever was left of the town. The rural two lane Barry and Baugham Streets were replaced by five and four lane boulevards. Old Stagecoach Road is still fairly narrow leading into a residential development, nearly hidden from the large intersection.

Intersection of Barry Road and Platte Purchase Drive today
Intersection of Barry Road and Platte Purchase Drive today

Warm Memorial Day Weekend

Too warm for Mocha
Too warm for Mocha

Kansas City International Airport reached 93°F today, one degree short of its daily record. Nearby St. Joseph topped out at 99, a new record.

My car reading 96 degrees
My car reading 96 degrees

Spanish Coffee

Spanish coffee at La Bodega
Spanish coffee at La Bodega