Traveling from Mom's to our house we pass through five states. Drive north through Oklahoma into Kansas, at Kansas City cross into Missouri, drive I-29 through northwest Missouri and the southwest corner of Iowa, and then finally cross into Nebraska at Omaha.
Because we had the freedom to break up the drive back this time, we elected to stop in Fort Scott for lunch and to tour the National Historic Site. This fort tells some compelling stories of the frontier. It was established to guard the "permanent frontier" between the US and native nations. Troops from there fought in every battle of the Mexican War. The town of Fort Scott featured in the Bloody Kansas years of fighting between pro-slavery and free soil settlers. It was the Union headquarters for this region during the Civil War.
Reaching Kansas City we elected not to shop, but drove around old neighborhoods looking at houses. Then we had dinner with college friends of mine and their families.
We made it home around 10 p.m. and ended this fulfilling Sixth Day of Christmas.