Kansas Trip 2016, Part I

So I just realized I blogged exactly nothing from our trip to Kansas last year, which is CRAY-ZAY.  I think because I always have just so. many. pictures., it’s quite the undertaking to sort it all out and upload.  So I’m sharing the most favorite of the bunch split up into 3 posts; it’s gonna be long but trust: it could be three times longer.

Also just a pro tip: don’t buy chocolate frosted doughnuts for breakfast in the car.

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Anyway. We stopped the car on the side of the road, cleaned everyone and all surfaces of chocolate frosting, and drove drove drove.

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First stop of note is always Dubuque.  Pretty little river city, it marks when we officially cross out of Wisconsin, and makes a decent potty stop.

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Next stop of note is always Des Moines!  Des Moines marks the halfway point in our drive, and is generally a good time to stop for a long, leisurely lunch. This year we hit up El Bait Shop. It’s big and loud, which is perfect when you’re dragging around two kids that have been trapped in a car unable to move for 5-ish hours.  Also the food is fine and the beer selection is killer.

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Moose sighting.

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You can split wing orders between 2 sauces which is perfect when you have kids that hate the heat.

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Secret bathroom sticker art from Chicago-based art projects.

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_DSC7066 It was freezing; it’s been a year but I still remember the biting cold (probably in the ‘teens and windy) but we had them run a few laps before heading back to the car, to get the energy out.

Oh!  And I almost forgot, but: we ran into a pretty impressive grass fire on the way.  Pretty sure it wasn’t an intentional prairie fire.  Whoops.

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Still a’driving.

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Finally we hit KC.

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First order of business, as usual: BBQ.

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OMG all so good.  I cannot wait for BBQ, guys.  ANYHOO.  We retired to our hotel room in KC and jumped on some beds for a solid hour and CHILDREN OMG YOU GUYS.

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The next day was brunch with friends.  The kids fell right into that comfortable cousin-ly way of acting as only kids can.

I miss my friends.

Soon, friends.

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I still have that beautiful work of Dixie-plate art.

After reluctant good-byes, we made a quick stop to Larryville, because Larry Forever.  I love that town, it really Gets Me, I love coming back it’s like a big old hug. Scott and I still say we’ll retire there, shitty weather and all. It’s cheap and genuine and quirky. I mean…

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Heh.

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FREE STATE.

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One last stop on our way out of town: Munchers.  It looks so different since the remodel; I kinda miss the crazy 70s-esque mess it was before, but at least the doughnuts haven’t changed.  (Thank baby Jesus.)

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And then we were off. Look out, Pittsburg, I’m bringing a few crazy punks.

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(So I’ll continue actual Pitt time in a separate post, but as a spoiler: my parents took our late arrival with two crazy kids in tow in stride, presenting us with a well stocked cheese tray and glasses of wine at our arrival. #muzzyanddadwinatlife)

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