The Kansas City Old red bridge is our version of the Paris Love Bridge.
Check out this news article about the day it became our love bridge: https://www.google.com/amp/fox4kc.com/2016/02/12/the-story-behind-the-kc-love-lock-bridge/amp/?client=safari
The old red bridge, use to be the only red bridge, and it resides just before the MO and KS state line.
The new red bridge was finally opened a few years ago. They created it as a memorial to several highly influential people with sculptures and information as you walk across. It’s quite amazing!
Jason and I got a few good shots to share our love with each other and all of you.
And then I got the honor of taking photos for my sister and her family!
The bridge has even become a semi-popular place for outdoor weddings throughout the spring and summer. It’s weird to think that this bridge I once drove down every day for years is now a Kansas City highlight and wedding venue. Crazy how fast time changes everything.
River Trail is another trail route that follows the Blue River in Kansas City.
We took the dogs with us on this hike with us. It was not my favorite trail with them for a few reasons:
- The river- I am not against letting my dogs play in the water; however, this river is not exactly the cleanest around the edges, lots of seaweed and brush. Our dogs can’t even eat each others food without having problems… river water is a NO.
- The trail is rock in a lot of areas which means you need a minute to plant your feet- our dogs don’t give us that time very often so we twisted a few ankles a long the way.
Other than near the water, the path was great for the pups and the fall colors are beautiful!
Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day:
Oh and I did a tree pose on a dead tree… Love!
Took another route on the Blue river trail today. I did not make it to far before the sunset and all my photos turned out blurry. But they are quite amazing none the less. And the weather made for a beautiful night!
I’m sure this will come as no surprise to many of you reading this, but Kansas is not exactly known for its hiking trails. However, today Jason and I discovered one near our home.
This trail is is closest to a hiking, and not walking, trail I have experienced since I moved to KC 5 years ago. The best part, it is only half a mile from my house. Lord knows, I will be hanging out here more. The fall colors were beautiful!
As the name alludes to, the trail follows a small river known as the Blue River. We found an off the beaten path trail down to a rock bar and got some beautiful shots while skipping stones to pass the day.
This river bed reminded me of home, and of my dad. As a kid, my dad would take my siblings and I to a sand bar off the Iowa river to fish and drink. The first glimpse I got of this spot immediately reminded me of the good times we had here. He passed away 6 years ago, and we spread his ashes in the river. This new place has a very, very sweet spot in my heart.
I recently connected with another travel blogger; Ailsa. Every week she posts a travel theme and challenges others to post along. So I’ve decided to join the movement. This weeks theme is “hills”
I love these challenges because it makes me re-process all of my travels, and all of my photos, over again. So here are a few:
Olympia Park in Munchen Germany. Photo taken from the top of a Farris Wheel during a Carnival. In the middle of the lake is a floating MINI Cooper… you all know how exciting this was to me.
Upstate New York at a house my Husband and I stayed in during our Honeymoon. Love the East Coast in the fall.
The Church on the Hill is a famous stop in Ponta Del’ Gada on the Azores Islands. There is a step for each bead of the rosary and you are expected to pray as you walk to the top.
Japanese Tea Garden in San Antonio Texas. This is from my latest trip to San Antonio. I had been several times up to this point, and never knew the Garden existed. Not sure how this one escaped so many times; it is beautiful.
These two hills are taken from my neighborhood. I have learned over the past few years, as I continue to catch up my “locations” on this blog, that travel and a love for travel, is not just about a destination. Its about cultivating a spirit of adventure and curiosity. Its the ability to find beauty in nature, culture, life and surroundings. I have learned (am learning?) how to see these things in my day-to-day life, in my own city. This has been one of the biggest challenges I have put on myself. So here it is, the beauty of the hills I see every day as I drive to and from my home.
Fall is finally hitting our trees here in Kansas City.
For me, fall has not always been my favorite time of the year. Growing up fall was the beginning of the school year which implied another long set of months being bullied. Then as I grew up it become the time of year to represent the ending of relationships, other not so great experiences, and then in 2010 the passing of my father.
However, in the past few years I have worked hard to redefine fall in my life. I got married last fall, and enjoyed an amazing honeymoon in the Azores. I am embracing the biblical significance of fall being a time to rid yourself of the negatives, the things that need changed and to start prioritizing the things I want to carry into the winter, and grow through the spring.
Now, Fall is a time to rejoice the ending and beginning of new chapters in my life, and in the lives of those around me.