We were heading home from a few days in Branson, Missouri. The three older kids were anxious to get home and call their friends. We were all tired. We had a cranky 16 month old with us. We had about 3 hours to go….then my husband and I saw the sign….BIG BRUTUS….
We had talked about going to see Big Brutus for several years. It was a great day trip from where we lived. We had relatives that had been there and said it was worth the drive. We had never gotten around to going though. My husband asked if I wanted to detour and go. It was only about 17 miles from the road we were on. At first I said no….so we sailed past the turn. Then I realized that we may never “get around” to going and since we were so close we might as well do it!
My husband turned around without complaint! He was about the only one not complaining though. The three big kids didn’t want to go. They thought it would be boring. What was Big Brutus anyway? On and on it went. I almost gave in and said to forget it….but I can be stubborn!
It turns out that going off the beaten path can be fun. Our kids found out that detours can be a super time! We learned so much about Big Brutus and got to see it up close! When we left each of our older kids said that they were glad we had driven out in the middle of nowhere to see Big Brutus! (yes…mommy may have said, “I told you so”)
What is Big Brutus
In case you haven’t heard of Big Brutus (and I am guessing that most of you haven’t)…it is the largest electric shovel in the world! Right there in southeast Kansas! It was used for coal mining. It is VERY cool to see in person! This shovel is HUGE! You can walk around it and even climb through many parts of the shovel. There is a wonderful visitors center that will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Big Brutus.
I highly recommend a trip if you live in Kansas, Missouri or Oklahoma! Here is a link to the website: www.bigbrutus.org
Has your family ventured off the beaten path lately? If so…where did you go! I would love to hear about it.
If you want another fun place to visit in Kansas be sure to check out our visit to Botanica in Wichita!
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