Monday, July 17, 2017

Weekends Are For Exploring!

Since we likely only have a year in Kansas we promised that we would see all that we could in that time. 

On Friday we headed out to Atchison to pick up our race packets for the Amelia Earhart 8k on Saturday morning. On our way home we decided to stop in Historic Weston (which is in Missouri not Kansas). This town is known for Lewis and Clark stopping here and for it being the oldest settlement in the Platte Purchase of 1863. It was also a point for the Oregon Trail and Santa Fe Trail. We are big on history so we were kids in a candy store haha. 

It will filled with amazing little shops and restaurants. An adorable bed and breakfast plus a few small wineries. 


We had lunch at a place called Tin Kitchen. They had some of the best BBQ we have ever eaten!


E was a fan!


After lunch we walked around, checked out a few antiques stores and headed towards home. 

On our way home we came across the Holladay Distillery. We jokingly wondered if they did tours, 10 minutes later we had a reservation and headed back to check it out. They are a bourbon distillery and it is the oldest distillery west of the Mississippi (1856). After 30 years they finally began distilling bourbon again last year and after 20 years started doing tours again. We definitely came at the right time! They also produce different Vodkas under the name McCormick Distillery. 

What an awesome place!!! As we waited for the tour to start we purchased a few drinks. I had a drink that tasted just like a bomb pop, omg so good!

*Yes, we are those people who brought our baby to a distillery.* 

We were taken in the room where the mash is made for the bourbon and where the alcohol is extracted. We were able to taste the mash in various forms which was pretty incredible. 

The bourbon is made with limestone spring water that was discovered by Lewis and Clark. This is the exact location where it was discovered.


Next up was the barrel room, this warehouse holds 10,000 barrels of bourbon. It won't be ready until 2019.


The last stop was the bottling room where all of the vodka that is made is bottled and packaged. We weren't able to taste the bourbon but we did get to try their different vodkas and they are delicious! It was a great way to spend an afternoon. 


Saturday was race day. We were up bright and early to head back to Aitchison for the Amelia Earhart 8k. It was advertised that there was hill during this race. HAHAHAHAHA! That was a lie, there were 3 pretty epic hills (whoever says Kansas is flat is lying, well at least this side of the state isn't). 

Despite the hills it was an awesome run. This is the best I have felt in a while and I was thrilled. I ended up placing 2nd in my age group and Kyle placed 3rd in his.





It was a perfect way to start the day. We ended up with homemade pizza and ice cream in honor of our nephew's birthday. 

Sunday was the standard grocery shopping, errands, laundry, and prepping for the new week. 

I hope you all had a great weekend!

23 comments:

  1. hahaha I basically am following you and whatever you post here I do the next weekend! Lol looks like a great weekend! And E is as cute as can be, as always :) Have a great Monday!!

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  2. Looks like you guys are off to a great start!

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    1. Thanks, Winter! We are trying. :)

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  3. I love that y'all are trying to explore more while you're in Kansas, especially since you won't have a ton of time there! And don't worry, I fully intend to bring our babies with us when we go to breweries or wineries or distilleries in the future. You might as well when they're that young and not super active yet!

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  4. I love that you're getting to explore the KC area. It's such a great place with so much to do! Surprisingly, i've lived here most my life and never done the tour in Weston, we do love it there though. they have an awesome apple festival in the fall, make sure you go back for it!

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    1. Someone else told us about the Apple Festival and we definitely plan on checking that out. :)

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  5. It sounds like it was such a great weekend! I can't until Ryan comes back so we can do runs together again (it's the little things haha). Are you guys at Riley? Our neighbors were stationed there last, and they just loved it!

    Also, since I'm rambling, we made a point after Ft. Huachuca to explore all our areas - whether we like them or not. We don't love Ft. Drum, but there's a lot to see here, so we should live it up! Love that you guys think the same!

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  6. I did errands just this Sunday morning, you can get a lot done before the 12pm crowd wanders out

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    1. You really can! I'm all about getting things done early.

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  7. Busy you are! Glad you're enjoying yourself and seeing all you can see there. Never enuf time to see it all. We were in New Mexico 10 years but never went to Roswell. Wish we had. I made marionberry jam on Sat. Home to home dinner after church Sunday and nice conversation. Have a blessed week!

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  8. Such a fun weekend! If you've never been to Iowa I know some place you can visit ;)

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  9. Sounds like a great weekend! Josh really wants to do a distillery tour, they look like a lot of fun! I'm glad you guys are enjoying Kansas and doing tons of exploring!

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  10. I love it!! I know you are enjoying that cool weather and less mosquitos haha!

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  11. I love that you guys have hit the ground running in Kansas, no pun intended! Or maybe. HA I love exploring parts of the US that I would have never thought of going through you!! And haha, if I had a baby, he/she would defo be going to the distillery with me!! ;)

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  12. I love that you guys are getting out and exploring so much already! You're absolutely right - you have to make the most of that time before its gone. I love that you went to the bottling room - that sounds like SO much fun :)

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  13. What a fun weekend! I've been to both the Oregon Trail and the Sante Fe Trail so now I feel like I have to visit Atchison.

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    1. You do!!! It's such a cool town!

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  14. way to go with the race! That sounds like a very fun weekend!

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  15. Nice weekend! I'm loving all your new adventures.

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  16. Congrats on your run! That's amazing! And how mean of them to sneak the hills on you like that. As for bringing E to the distillery, why would you not?! She looks like she's having fun!

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