Fort Leavenworth was my first duty station after commissioning, and the overwhelming response I got from people was one of sympathy. “Oh, I’m so sorry” was the general response from everyone. I was dreading moving to Leavenworth when I finished BOLC. Thankfully, the sympathy and pity was misplaced. Turns out, there is plenty to do in the area for everyone. Fort Leavenworth is actually pretty great. It’s less than a thirty-minute drive from Kansas City, and it is not nearly as deserted as people think or claim. There are several areas that cater to all kinds of activities outside of the Fort. Downtown Leavenworth, Lansing, and Legends are all areas worth looking into, but the focus of this article is east of the Fort, across the river.