Our first stop was the Kansas City Farmers Market. This continues to be one of the best farmers markets we’ve been to, although due to the lateness of the season, it was somewhat smaller than during our last visit here. But the spice guy was still there and Hector stocked up on some fun spices.
There are also various ethnic eateries surrounding the market, and we had some yummy Middle Eastern food for lunch.
Then we went for a drive in the surrounding country. We stopped at a The Farmer’s House Farm Market in Weston. Proceeds from The Farmer’s House Farm Market are used to expand programs at The Farmer’s House, a non-profit whose mission is to offer an opportunity for youth and adults with developmental disabilities to learn practical vocational skills in a community integrated hands on work environment.
The market has special activities for the fall, and there were lots of kiddos around. As for us big kids, we enjoyed the cut-outs and the costumes.
Weston Bend State Park just outside the city has various easy but pretty hikes throughout the park. We hiked on a trail that had views of the Missouri River and lots of trees. Even though the fall colors hadn’t reached their peak yet, it was still a really beautiful hike.
We also visited Pirtle Winery, one of many wineries in the state. Many of Missouri’s wines are sweet, and we prefer drier wines, but we did like a few of these wines. The blueberry wine, while pretty sweet, was actually quite good with extra sharp cheddar cheese from Vermont.
We headed back to town to visit Oklahoma Joe’s once again. This restaurant is located in a gas station – yes a working gas station – and is fabulous. Anthony Bourdain listed Oklahoma Joe’s as one of “thirteen places to eat before you die.” Check.
Angel had a short visit at one of the local dog parks and then we drove over to an overlook that features The Scout, a famous statue that depicts a Sioux Indian on horseback surveying the landscape. The statue was dedicated in 1922 as a permanent memorial to local Indian tribes. And there’s a lovely view of downtown from the statue.
So Hector and I went out to a romantic dinner that evening to celebrate our anniversary. It’s been a wonderful and happy 35 years! And this extraordinary journey is the best anniversary gift we could wish for.
And it was great to see our dear friend Theresa again and enjoy her hospitality in fun and beautiful Kansas City once again.