Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A road trip to Kansas City

Back from yet another road trip! This one for the purpose of Joel presenting at/attending a counseling conference (which went really well for him - so proud of my man). Let me tell you, the drive from Detroit to Kansas City is long and dreadfully boring. There weren't even pretty fall colors, except for a few small patches here and there. Good thing I had an awesome travel companion. Near the end of our drive home, I read him a long list of random geographical facts I had found online, just to keep the two of us awake (plus we are both kind of obsessed with geography). Haha. Did you know that Michigan has the longest coastline of any state (besides Alaska)? Yea, our state is pretty darn awesome. I could spew off lots more useless facts about U.S. geography but I'll spare you.



Kansas City itself was really cool. I enjoyed the laid-back Midwest feel. And the artsy vibe! You may not guess it, but there is a thriving artist community in Kansas City. Joel and I really enjoyed the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. We also really enjoyed THE FOOD (thanks to Yelp and Sandy), most of it locally sourced (love that). I never did have BBQ, which kind of bums me out considering how much I love it, but the delicious food I did have made up for it. We went here, here, here and here. At that last place (GlacĂ©), I had fluer de sel caramel ice cream along with butternut squash ice cream and it was some of the best ice cream I've ever tasted! I also dined solo one day while Joel was at his conference and went to my first vegan restaurant. It was out of this world, especially the raw chocolate hazelnut pie. Oh mah gah. Wow, I am really obsessed with food. Not that that's news.
 

The highlight of the trip was meeting a blogger in person for the first time! I got to have lunch (and crepes!) with the lovely Sandy of Sandy a la Mode. It was quite exciting. And as I expected, she is super sweet and fun to talk to. (Not to mention a pretty lady!) Makes me want to attend a blogger conference so I can potentially meet more of you lovelies :)

please excuse the extreme fuzziness. bad lighting!


Oh yea, another awesome part of our trip -- discovering a three-story antiques market! wow, it was so hard not to come home with a bag full, including that blanket below. I hope that there is a market like that wherever we move -- would be perfect for furnishing our future home {since we probably won't take a lot of our stuff with us}. can't wait to decorate a new place :)



Man I just love exploring new cities.. I've been so blessed to be able to join Joel on all of his conference trips. I think traveling/exploring is my favorite thing to do with him. I look forward to exploring a brand new city with him once we move, wherever that may be (the list of posititons Joel is applying to has grown to 20! More on that soon).

made a pit stop in St. Louis for a scrumptious brunch in the magnificent sunshine.

8 comments:

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

i love that you got to meet sandy! is she not fabulous?! :)

Dancing Branflake said...

I love love love these photos! So beautiful and they all tell a happy story. Hooray for meeting Sandy! Love her!

Ms. Megan said...

What a lovely trip!! I'm sorry that the ride over wasn't too terribly exciting, but the fun facts sound awesome!! PS What fun that you + Sandy got to meet up!! :)

Anna Elder said...

Aww, how fun!! Very cool that you got to meet Sandy. Looks like a fun place to take a road trip. Sounds like you'd like Oklahoma City too. ;) The drive would be boring though. Ha.

becca said...

oh how cool is that little city! I love how everything looks. and the vegan restaurant sounds spectacular. oh man.

Kelly said...

Looks like a wonderful trip! And how fun to meet Sandy!

jozen said...

yay! i love meeting up with bloggy friends! and sandy is a sweetheart!

Brooke said...

oh tell me you didn't leave that blanket behind! yummers. Also...is Dallas on that list by any chance? ;) xo