As many of you know, one of my hobbies is traveling, whether it is close by or across the United States.

I recently returned from a trip with my dad to the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kan. We also saw the presidential museum for former President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Abilene, Kan., and some other sites in that town.

Not to give a lot of the things to see at these two locations, but if you have an opportunity and like either history or space exploration, I encourage you to make the trip.

The one thing that I will tell you about each of the places is I went to the presidential museum and his boyhood home years and years ago. It gives a great detail of his life and the town really does embrace Eisenhower.

When I was in high school, I was involved in a science club. On a field trip, we went to the space museum. It has expanded in the 25-plus years since I have been there. All I remember back then of the museum is that it had some display cases and a couple of old rockets from the early space exploration days.

However, today the museum has expanded. Along with the stuff that I remember, they now have more informational sites, more space vehicles like a capsule from the moon landing and even a smaller version of NASA’s Space Shuttle.

I am glad that I had the opportunity to go on this worthwhile trip. I learned a lot and even got some brochures of places that I would like to go to later on in life.

Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes a weekly column for the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at Follow him on twitter at  @toddghigdonNDN