Fall is officially upon us in KC! For all my Georgia peeps – that’s the season between summer and winter. Yes, in fact, there is actually supposed to be a transition between those two. Who knew?? But while I am absolutely loving it, I have to admit I’ve all ready had to break out my space heater. I might be in a little trouble this upcoming winter so feel free to send me all the warm things! I am sure by then I’ll be wishing it were summer again, which has me reminiscing on an awesome one we had as our first summer here.
Before moving to Kansas I had some major misconceptions about the weather. I thought nothing could be hotter than a South Georgia summer, right? Wrong. Summer here felt just as brutal, but regardless of the blistering sun and sweat in all the wrong places, we tried to make the most of it and did some pretty fun things.
Our first stop was to the Kansas City Zoo. This was probably not the smartest outdoor activity to do in the middle of summer, but we had a good time. Although, I would advise you to go on a cooler day, as many animals were not out because of the heat. My favorite exhibits were the monkeys, penguins, and stingrays (which you could actually reach in and touch). Unfortunately we missed the giraffes and elephants, but that just means I’ll have to take a another trip!
(I know there is a stigma about animals in captivity, but zoos actually do a lot of good for the rehabilitation of endangered species and conservation efforts around the world. Feel free to read more at https://www.kansascityzoo.org/conservation/.)
Fun fact — the people that took this picture for us just moved from Atlanta a few weeks prior.
When you live 13 miles from a major league baseball stadium it’s almost criminal to not go to at least one game. So with what felt like heavy guilt for cheating on my beloved Braves (now NL East Champs btw), I put on my newly purchased Royals shirt and headed out to Kauffman Stadium. I’m not gonna lie – I had higher hopes for this being more fun than it actually was. I didn’t know a single player; it was hot, not very exciting, and nothing like being in SunTrust Park. It also didn’t help that the Royals were one of the worst teams in the MLB this season, so I have to admit that Jake and I skipped out a little early. We did, however, try again with some friends from Jake’s class and that was a much more enjoyable experience; i.e. we had some chicken fingers and fries and stayed the whole game!
An area we LOVED going to this summer was the Kansas City Power and Light District in downtown KC. There are tons of restaurants, bars, shopping, and entertainment, and all summer long they had free country concerts on Thursday nights. This is definitely an area you have to check out if you come to the city.
If there is one thing Kansas City is NOT in shortage of, is wineries, which is where we wrapped up the summer at the Cider & Slush Fest at KC Wine Co. This is such a cute little vineyard that is constantly hosting events, and was a fun place to end Summer 2018 on a high note. Literally from this weekend to the next, the temperature dropped 30 degrees! I’m super excited for all of the cliche fall activities I’m going to drag Jake to in the next couple of months so stay tuned for upcoming posts!
Goodbye summer (you were definitely good to us) & HELLO FALL!