Driving across Kansas into Colorado: Road Trip Part 2
We kicked off our summer road trip at City Museum in St. Louis, and WOW, we had so much fun. I can’t believe I’ve visited that city since I was a child and this was the first year to go to the museum. We had a blast climbing, sliding and playing… and I even drew a little bit of blood during all of our running around. I learned two things while playing there: 1) don’t wear denim b/c it sticks to the slides 2) I have failed as a mom b/c I learned that my child had never had an ICEE. Luckily I remedied number 2.
After a fun day of playing, we made the short drive to Kansas City. We have a tradition of stopping by Trader Joe’s in every big city since we don’t have one in Fayetteville… so of course we stopped along the way to collect food for our annual hotel picnic for my birthday. Smoked salmon, a variety of cheeses, fancy humus, dark chocolate coconut almonds, dark chocolate peanut butter cups, 2 buck chuck for mom and a fancy soda for Hap. We’re in the third year running and it’s become a meal I look forward to every year!
The trip across Kansas is long and flat, so I thought I would give Hap a little something to look forward to when we reached the other side. We decided to stop at Mount Sunflower in Weskin, KS, the highest natural point in the state coming in at 4,039 feet. We pulled off the highway and traveled 12 miles down a dirt road before making the final turn to see this highlight… it was such an amazing sight that I drove right past it and had to turn around. You can just imagine Hap’s excitement when we pulled up after a long trip of sitting in the back seat.
We laughed as he made fun of me and we made the best out of the situation. Before piling back into the car we had a picnic and enjoyed the view. We headed out to Manitou Springs, Colorado, with a goal of visiting Pike’s Peak. I can cover some miles in a day, and my kid is a great traveler… I think we make a pretty good team!