You better believe this is going to happen before our first camping trip next spring.
Anyone else have any genius camping solutions to share?
B ‘n a B ‘n’ B for her b-day. Translation? Bailey in a bed and breakfast for her birthday. So many b’s and so much fun. Phil and I had never stayed in a bed and breakfast before and instead of staying at a generic hotel, we decided to stay in a bed and breakfast for our stay in Atchison.
We had to travel to Atchison this week for a client meeting so we coupled it with a little treat/very-mini-vacation for my birthday. And it was great! The drive to Atchison was beautiful (have I mentioned that you should visit Kansas in the fall? I’m not kidding – it’s amazing!) and the bed and breakfast was very relaxing. It felt like we had been gone for days rather than just one night.
Our client meeting was late Wednesday afternoon and after a quick stop at the welcome center museum, we headed over to the Tuck u In bed and breakfast at Glick Mansion. The place was warm and comfortable and had a great selection of DVDs to borrow (We settled in with The Great Gatsby to watch after dinner.)
Saturday morning after a huge and delicious breakfast, we headed out and played disc golf at Jackson Park. Beautiful, great course. And we had it all to ourselves! Along Jackson Park was a fenced area with lots of no trespassing signs. I felt the need to trespass to figure out what it was – I didn’t, I just used the internet later to figure it out.
On our way out of Atchison we viewed the Amelia Earhart earthwork (landscape art is my best description of an “earthwork”) and visited the International Forest of Friendship (who even knew this was a thing). The IFF is a small park with a tree representing each state and almost 40 countries. There is also a statue of Amelia Earhart, a small monument honoring U.S. astronauts, and the park honors those in aviation and aerospace.
We’re moving this week! I’m so glad we’re almost there…
We are downsizing our space which made it important we downsize our stuff. I started consolidating my keepsakes and memorabilia and was cut throat about what I was keeping. Anything I was saving because it had meaning would have to go in a large rubber tote container – most of what we are storing will be in the garage. I organized our holiday decorations (two totes for Christmas stuff, one tote for everything else). Everything is labeled and now stacked in the spare bedroom. We have boxes and boxes of books. Phil downsized his beer bottle collection (for when he brews his own beer) to just the larger bottles.
We’ve already taken one trip of blankets/towels to the Lawrence Humane Society and I’ll have another load to take this week.
About two months ago, we decided we had a good amount of stuff to get rid of so we should have a garage sale. (After, of course, we already had taken things to Goodwill). As we entered July (an already busy month) we decided we would have the sale the weekend before we moved because we would have the change to go through (mostly) everything and decide what we would be keeping. We ended up accumulating so much more than I thought we would. Our dining room became full of piles of stuff to sell:
This picture doesn’t include the 2 large and 1 medium bookshelves, 2 desks and 1 entertainment center we also sold.
We sold about 75% of it at our sale yesterday and the rest we took to Goodwill as soon as we shut down the sale around 2pm. We are SO ecstatic to be rid of all that extra stuff.
We’re also getting rid of a full size bed set and a queen mattress. We’ll just have to move one full size bed for our spare bedroom (my Dad is bringing us a king size bed! With a headboard and everything!!)
We still have some packing to do (kitchen, bedroom, bathroom) but we’re in a good place.
But today, this Sunday, we rest. Because we are so exhausted.
First, I can’t believe I’ve lived in Kansas for 10 whole years now and have never really driven through the Flint Hills. A Saturday road trip is going to need to happen later this summer/fall.
Second, the Needles in South Dakota are amazing. I even rock climbed on them during a girl scout trip to South Dakota when I was 13 (I was such a bad ass adventurer as a girl scout from 12-15 years old, I can’t even tell you – well, maybe I will someday).
See more of the 10 Iconic U.S. Drives Smarter Travel website.
Beautiful camping spot at Buffalo Bill State Park just outside of Yellowstone in Wyoming.