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!