My first trip to union station KC has finally occurred. Not sure why it took my 5 years of living here to make it happen.
Apparently traveling the USA by train, is actually still a thing. I might have to try it sometime.
I went with my amazing work team- and we attempted an escape room.
The station is beautiful with its Christmas set up!
I’ve hiked the river trail before. It’s one of my favorites and I enjoy seeing it change with the seasons, and ware of others footsteps.
When the days are hard and the weeks are long, there is nothing more healing than a breathe of fresh air and a touch of the water. Water is such a magical thing.
Every time you touch a stream of water, there is a chance you are touching the ocean. Think of all the places that drop of water could have been: the ocean, the attic, the sky, the coasts of spain, the gils of a rainbow fish, the lake top of a volcano. This is why water is so healing, so magical. It regrounds us. It reconnects us. It makes as one with each other and the world around us.
I hope these photos of the river and the woods Hybeenating away the winter, can rejuivante you as much as it did me.
Brio, a small Tuscan grille located on the Plaza in KC MO. I must confess, I’ve ate happy hour here many times, and never wrote a review. This past week, I finally went during their lunch hours with a co-worker. This means no view pictures that only occur on the happy hour floor. But, enjoy some food photos.
PS: try the imported peach tea. It’s worth it.
La Fonda El Taquito is a true south of the border Mexican restaurant in the heart of Kansas City. Located at 800 southwest blvd and offers live music several nights a week.
Gypsy woman, you know every place I go Even a thousand miles away from home You don’t care if I’m asleep or I’m awake This fickle heart just turn to stone
I’m going back to Kansas City
Similarly to Austin and Amsterdam; Kansas City has its own city love, city pride, sign.
Located at 1919 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City Missouri.
Sometimes; a picture with the city sign is exactly what you need to show off your travels!
Amsterdam; Austin, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri
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.