A Quality Day in Kansas City

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QUALITY HILL HERITAGE HIKE

I’ve always been interested in history, and everywhere I travel I make an effort to learn about the local history, and take tours with local experts.   I realized about a year ago that I could do that in my own hometown, but I hadn’t.  I’m lucky to live in a city that values  history and historic buildings, and cares enough to share both with the people who live here.

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MORE West Bottoms!

West Bottoms Antique District
Kansas City, Missouri

I came away junk-drunk from my first First Friday in the West Bottoms, and Day Two was equally intoxicating. The vendors there are creative, clever, and passionate. It’s a big party where you get to buy really cool old stuff. If you like architecture, history, antiques, or food trucks…you’ll like the West Bottoms — it’s just plain fun! My Day Two finds…

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Perpetually waiting…

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I love this sad little guy! I’m not sure he knows what he’s waiting for, but he seems to still have hope. And his hair is stylin’!

When art inspires stories, that’s when you take it home. There’s nothing more inspiring to me than original folkart. I found this wonderful assemblage art piece by former Hallmark artist Chari Peak Roberts at Prize Antiques in the Bottoms Up Antique Market. West Bottoms in Kansas City, Missouri. That’s a working seed spreader on his belly!

Now that he lives in my home, I’ve renamed him Lefty McBrush-Head.

 

MY PHOTO GALLERIES

 

Day 14- Kansas City to Omaha

Photo by Stephanie Roberts, http://ObsessiveHobbyist.com

Photo by Stephanie Roberts, http://ObsessiveHobbyist.com

BACK ON THE ROAD!!! It doesn’t happen often, but some days the world just seems to know what you need. Today was one of those days for me, where I found nothing but hugs, smiles, beautiful country scenery, and happiness.  After a MAJOR pit stop in Missouri to visit family (nothing better!), Colby and I are back on the road. It was SO hard to leave my parents — as we all get older every day, each visit is more precious. Being unemployed is not all fun, but it was a real luxury to get to spend time with my family without running around buying/wrapping Christmas presents, with the return-trip clock running the whole time. But no matter how long you’re home, it’s always hard to leave.

265 miles. Gas was $3.42/gallon.

First stop today was exactly what I needed. I spotted a crusty old billboard (you know how I love those!) for Hunt Orchard from I-29, and I headed straight for the exit. Just outside of Amazonia, Missouri, the orchard/market was nearly empty when I pulled up. But a lovely young woman named Samantha ran out of the store to greet me and Colby (OK, mostly Colby). When she saw my camera she wanted a picture of her and her mom…and then her and her dad…and then her and her friend. She was adorable and gave me a much-needed hug when we finally left. You really do meet the nicest people when you travel with a dog.

Hunt Grandview Orchard, 14615 St. Rt. K, I-29 exit 60, Amazonia, Missouri, 816-475-3441

Then while I was photographing an old church, a man and his dogs on a golf cart rode by, cheerfully waving. When he saw my car license he yelled out “I wish they all could be California girls!” (a nod to the  Beach Boys song, for you youngsters). More positive affirmations in the town of Rock Port, Missouri, where local pre-schoolers and their teachers were creating “happy” art on the sidewalk…