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Wichita, Kansas -- Who Knew?

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

The reason I LOVE to travel is discovering hidden gems where you would least expect them.

When I planned this trip, Wichita was about 8 hours from home so would make a good stopping place. As I researched I found a museum called "The Museum of World Treasures" and I was hooked -- I mean, really? In Wichita, KANSAS? What a lark, right?

Well, we had an awesome day sightseeing yesterday!

I got up early and did 40 minutes of the Spark Video "Fit, Firm and Fired Up." I had to modify some of the moves because the trailer doesn't have a lot of floor space! Then, once TC got up we found a lovely park (thanks to the GPS) and did about a two-mile walk. Then off to the botanical garden which was GORGEOUS and a lovely stroll. Their children's garden made me sorry I wasn't 5 years old again!

Then we drove around the downtown area, ate our packed lunch (cold Taco soup, fruit, carrots) and then went to the Museum of World Treasures. It actually was a great surprise -- what an eclectic mix of artifacts!

Then we walked on the trail that runs along the Arkansas River. There is a beautiful pedestrian bridge and a statue on an island in the middle of the river called "Keeper of the Plain", which is a tribute to the culture of the American Indians. In all we put in over 20,000 steps.

The city center was clean, had tons of museums and LOTS of parks and green spaces. We are really sorry we will have to miss the art museum, the Mid American Indian Museum and others. Oh well, things for another trip, right?

This morning we went back to the park and did the 5K 101 intervals, and continued walking for a total of 4 miles. Now we will head out to Colorado.

My eating has been good and meals are planned for the day. I'm hoping to get another walk in once we "land" this afternoon but it just depends on where we end up and what's available.

Oh! Did you notice my new profile picture? Sparkpeople doesn't have a picture for losing 35 pounds, so I had to make my own. Hey, it's taken me long enough to get here so I'm celebrating every pound!!!


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  • no profile photo CD4357551
    Wow look that the number of followers you have! You are sure inspiring a lot of people and with good reason!!

    35 pounds is just awesome and I know how hard you worked to get there so keep up the good work. I'll get into your footsteps and follow that road to success!

    I can hardly wait to start doing some road trips like you and TC are doing. I should probably start a file to see where you've gone so I know exactly what to do when we get there!

    BR> emoticon
    2624 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6312736
    Love hearing about your travels! If you ever get to Pittsburgh, PA, I'd be happy to be your tour guide - today I'm taking my teenagers to the Zoo for a last family outing before we take the girls to their first year of college. Someday we'll have to make Wichita a destination!
    2634 days ago
    2634 days ago
    How cool! You CAN be a 5-year old again, even if it's just in your mind....
    2635 days ago
    We 'll probably be traveling thru here in Sept. you've provided me a whole guided tour...including the morning fitness routine and lunch menu! Thanks!
    2636 days ago
  • NANCY-
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    Love your artistry, planning and that you share your journey with us. It is true if we really look there are always hidden gems to be found. WTG on having your own lunch. You are proof that you CAN make it happen.
    2636 days ago
    CELEBRATE!!! Good for you! Your explorations sound wonderful! I'm like you...I love discovering hidden treasures when I travel. Keep us posted! I have a son in Colorado and a daughter in Wyoming...so travel that area quite a bit. I'll keep Wichita in mind! Hope you had a great day! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    2637 days ago
    Wow!! You are doing terrific!! I've always loved the handle, TRAVELGRRL but gotta say: you're handling this like TRAVELGROWNUP!! Travelling and eating right and keeping up the exercise and having a heckuva good time: now that's an accomplishment.
    2637 days ago
    Congratulations on the new milestone! emoticon What a nice blog. I felt like I went on a virtual trip with you. How fun because of your planning, and how food healthy. Have fun, Laurel
    2637 days ago
    emoticon on the loss and also on keeping to your plan. Am enjoying your blog.
    2637 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    emoticon Congrats on losing 35 pounds! Have a fun trip!!
    2637 days ago
    You'd mentioned to me before, that while traveling you don't struggle so much getting exercise. Now I can see why! You are a very determined woman and committed to your health! emoticon
    2637 days ago
  • BUTTERFLY-1976
    Sounds like a nice trip so far. emoticon emoticon
    2637 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13590869
    Sounds like a great trip!
    2637 days ago
    I did notice the new pic! Congratulations on meeting that milestone! It sounds like you are having an amazing time and that you are keeping very active on your trip so far!

    Good for you :D
    2637 days ago
  • JANEE12
    Great Blog! Incredible how you keep moving so much on vacation. Wichita sounds really nice, a place to put on a future trip. Congrats on your 35! Fantastic!
    2637 days ago
    Way to go on getting the exercise in and staying on track during vacation! That is a danger time for most all of us, but you're doing awesome. Congrats on getting to the 35 pounds lost milestone--definitely a cause for celebration! I love discovering hidden gems like that when we travel; enjoy the rest of your trip!!
    2637 days ago
    Sounds like you are having a wonderful trip and doing awesome on your exercise. Congratulations on the 35 pounds - love your new picture. Have a great time in Colorado. We were there last year and loved it.

    2637 days ago
    2637 days ago
    I don't blame you........great profile pic.......way to go......we should be able to celebrate every pound .......not just certain milestones.......so this is awesome...:0
    who knew that Wichita, Kansas was so fantastically filled with lots of cool things to do.:) have fun on your trip...sounds as if you have a great handle on it.:) emoticon emoticon
    having fun at the same time you are staying on track. :)
    2637 days ago
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