After our unplanned stop in St. Louis which turned out to be so much fun, we headed on to Kansas City for a day at Worlds of Fun. And much fun was had. Turns out we are a family of roller coaster enthusiasts, even/especially CJ who rode every ride at least once and many of them multiple times. Sadly there aren’t many photos since roller coasters and phones don’t really mix well, at least if you want to keep your phone. Managed a few pictures of the ride no grown up was going to ride under any circumstance, but mostly we just enjoyed our day. The next day was our driving day across Kansas to Denver. Stopped for gas and found a new green friend! First day in Denver we went to an aquarium. It was fantastic. Plus, TIGERS! Matt was beyond thrilled as he thinks tigers are his spirit animal or something. There were of course sharks, saw-fish, seahorses, sea stars and we were able to feed the rays, which was fun and less terrifying than one might think. We had lunch at the aquarium and enjoyed a show with live mermaids! 10/10 would go again! Spent time with local family that evening and caught up and reminisced. So far a perfect vacation! Leadville and Colorado Springs are coming up!
Well, we’re racing up on back to school time and night falling earlier and earlier but what a summer it was. In addition to all the usual summer fun (afternoons at the neighborhood pool, cooking on the grill, and lots of friends), we were able to travel this year. Our adventure started with our plane being cancelled, so a last minute change of plans saw us spending a couple of days in St. Louis, which worked out so well! The rest of our family met us there and we were able to see things we probably wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. Those clouds that delayed our trip had a silver lining!
We went to a Discovery Center for the kids (ours and Matt’s brother’s two boys) and were lucky enough to see a traveling exhibit of the treasures of King Tut’s Tomb, which was so fascinating. The set-up was a series of rooms designed to be like what the discoverers of the tomb saw when they first went in. Or course, everything was a meticulously details replica but it was just amazing the craftsmanship of the original work, given that it was all done thousands of years ago. So much GOLD! Even the boys were entranced by the display.
The next day before we headed to the next stop on our mini-cross-country tour, we were able to see the Gateway Arch. Didn’t realize how tall it was and what a marvel it is to see. Here the link to the Wikipedia page if you’re interested in the history of it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gateway_Arch
It was a beautiful day and we were able to see so much from up above. After a leisurely lunch at The Old Spaghetti Factory, we loaded up and hit the road for our next stop: Kansas City! (more on that later)