Separate Adventures

Friday the 13th + A Full Moon = Another Rare Occurrence…All 4 Unfiltered Adventurers were in different cities this weekend.

Leslie-Home in KC---literally the most boring!

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Do you ever have one of those weekends with very little planned and it is the best thing ever?!?!?!  That was my weekend while all the girls were out of town on other adventures.  My Friday started with a happy hour to send off a good friend to California.  She is embarking on a new chapter in life and we will miss her sooo much, but I know I will see her often when she comes back to visit.  AND when we go stay with her...I mean, hello, Cali…yes please!!  A small group met up at Westport Ale House after work for some beers and one last happy hour with Chaundra as a KC resident. 

Side note: Her going away celebration actually started a couple of weeks ago when we all went to happy hour at Grinders Stonewall.  It is a fun spot that is TINY inside, but has a huge patio/outdoor area.  Unfortunately, it was raining so we stayed inside, but snagged a good table with a great server.  We had a blast with a big group of friends. 

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Saturday was very low key.  I spent lots of time with my pup since my husband was busy coaching track for Baker University.  Puppy snuggles, wine, and couch time is pretty much one of my favorite nights in!  Plus, it doesn’t count as drinking alone when you have your dog there to keep you company. 

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Sunday was a gorgeous day!  I headed out for a long-ish run on the trail in the morning and spent the rest of the day cleaning, running errands, and doing all the boring stuff that no one wants to do, but has to get done. 

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Once all of that was out of the way, I went to a graduation party for my friend James.  As he put it, he got here the hard way by doing it bit by bit and paying for it himself.  I could not be more proud of him and his accomplishment!!  His girlfriend threw a great party at the Lone Elm Taproom (a great little bar in a Whole Foods) where we all celebrated his hard work.  Now he is an official KU Alum…and seems to be offering advice to everyone who will listen…most of it is terrible, but I’m sure there are some good gems of wisdom in there.  It was great to catch up with some people I hadn’t seen in a long time.

Andrea - St. Louis Road Trip

Saturday morning Sullivan and I hit the trail for a quick muddy run. He is in better running shape than me, I'm confident I'm stronger though. He's yet to accept a bench press challenge.

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My hubby & his parents kidnapped me for the weekend, since there was wine where we were going I didn't mind! We loaded up the dogs & hit the road.

Upon arriving in Eureka, MO we crashed my 8 year old niece's softball game. Within the first 20 minutes we were there we managed to lose my 4 year old nephew, find him, and witness him trip & crash his head into the dugout..twice. He then tried to convince us he was blind, being the supportive family we are we wished him luck and sent him to tell the first base coach, aka his dad. He proceeded to trip and fall face first into the fence. Failing. All of that excitement made us hungry so we stopped for lunch, O'Dell's Irish Pub & Ale House, complete with trivia, giant soft pretzels & fish & chips.  Being that we were the visitors we got to pick anything we wanted to do next.

Obviously we wanted to go to Costco! We love Costco, you never know what amazing deal you will find but when you go to Costco in Missouri you get to stock up on wine! My mother-in-law and I were in heaven.

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Saturday night we went to Ballpark Village, a great spot to hit up if you are visiting St. Louis. Lots of restaurants just a short walk from convenient parking. There are fountains & for Cardinals fans (that I am not) they could check out a baseball game too. We had reservations at Budweiser Brew House. 

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They have a self service tap, I however ordered a bottle of wine instead of having a Bud.

We were comfortably seated next to a bachelorette party. Darcy, my niece was admiring the bride-to-be & her lovely veil adorned with shimmering penis confetti. We instantly made friends. Cheers!

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We all know brunch is one of Unfiltered Adventure's favorite things to do. I was stoked to hear we were going on Sunday morning to The Shack which has been voted best brunch by important critics (that's what the hostess told me). 

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It isn't really brunch if you arrive at 8 am...luckily they had coffee & mimosas so no worries! They have awesome coffee mugs, they offer a wealth of knowledge.

I highly recommend checking this place out! The food is delish, I intend to go every time we visit. 

We decided to walk around to counter all the calories we consumed before 10 am. We happened upon Grant's Farm where we got close & personal with some of the Budweiser Clydesdales. They are huge!

They really were incredible to see

They really were incredible to see

Last but not least on the agenda was attending Darcy's dance recital. She's our tiny dancer, I'm not just saying this because I'm related to her but she's literally the best dancer in the entire world.

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What a wonderful weekend!  

Andrea  

Kristi - Bennett Springs State Park

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My weekend began with a road trip to Bennett Springs, Missouri. My family used to visit yearly when I was younger and we just started the tradition back up 3 years ago. I love this weekend as it allows me to unplug from the everyday grind, spend time with my family, and hang out with my favorite niece and nephew.  

Bennett Springs is a natural spring that flows into the Niangua River. The park offers trout fishing, camping, canoeing, and hiking trails. Not much of the park has changed since I was little, and I like it that way. It makes the memories that much more special and makes me excited that my nephew will have the same experiences that we did. 

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My dad, brother, and I get up each morning at 5:30am so we can be in the water, fishing poles in hand when the whistle blows at 6:30am. I've had a tough time catching fish the last 2 years, but I just knew the Bumble Bee Rooster Tail was going to be my secret weapon this year. We are a competitive family and have bragging rights on the line. My dad definitely took home the trophy this year (using MY secret lure, just a size bigger) as he caught about 7 fish on his first 10 casts!  If I catch one fish, I consider that a win and low and behold, I hooked my first trout within the first few casts!  I ended my weekend with 4 total trout - a much better showing than in years past! The cold weather made it tough to fish for long but we lasted long enough to catch several nice sized rainbow trout. My brother loves to keep his fish and cook them up when he gets home. I tell mine I'm sorry I caught them and return them to the water! Swim free fishies!

The rest of the weekend is spent relaxing, taking walks, playing with my nephew, and sitting by the campfire.  Oh, and I flew a kite for the first time ever! Isn't that kind of a sad thought? But, seriously, look how happy I am!  

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All by myself....missing my Adventurers!

All by myself....missing my Adventurers!

This was a much needed low-key weekend.  If you need a quick getaway and enjoy nature, this is a place worth checking out!  While I did miss sharing this weekend with my other Adventurers, I'm already looking forward to next year's trip!   

Stephanie - Key West

My trip started on a Thursday morning as Cody, Krystal and myself headed to Key West for a little getaway.  We arrived in Ft. Launderdale around 1 in the afternoon and jumped in our rental car to hit the road for the 4 hour drive down. After a quick stop to stock our VRBO we finally arrived at Hollinsed House and it was adorable.  

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We quickly realized it was time to telemoose so that was priority #1.  Then it was off to Duval street to meet up with a friend that was also down there. The first bar we went to was The Green Parrot and it was an interesting place but they had semi cold beer and live music so we stayed for a bit.  

A real gem! 

A real gem! 

We found D.B. Cooper's parachute! 

We found D.B. Cooper's parachute! 

Then we hit the street to see what other gems were in store for us. There were way too many to count but let's just say we hit a "couple" bars and finally decided it was time to eat. So we went to a bar I fondly remember from the last time I was there so we planted ourselves firmly in front of the webcam and chowed down at Hog's Breath Saloon where Hog's breath is better than no breath at all.....and my salad was on the house!

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Then it was off to see the captain. Do I remember this photo? Yes. Am I lying? Kinda.  However we all remembered it the next day as we walked by it to go to the second best "restaurant" in Key West.

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What is this restaurant you ask. Well it was highly recommended by 2 highly intoxicated male strangers at the Green Parrot so we HAD to try it since they said their fish tacos were to die for! We had arrived at Garbo's Grill and low and behold it was a taco stand! Not a truck mind you but a stand in the back patio of a bar. I know what you're thinking....score! And yes we did! Those drunk guys really knew what they were talking about even though they bailed because they didn't want their wives to see them talking to us but I digress. These tacos were fresh (I mean look at them)! We all went with the yellowtail and devoured them in no time.

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With bellies full it was time to take the roughly 1 mile walk to Cuba or as close as we could get to it. I looked for a Cuban cigar stand over there but no diggity. We waited in a short line to get our picture as close to Raul Castro without actually leaving the good ol U.S. of A. . 

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That evening we decided to walk a mile in the other direction and catch the sunset at Mallory Square. This place was beautiful and full of street performers! We watched a guy semi play a guitar while his dog took money from our hands and a unicycle guy juggle fire sticks. All in all it was a great site-seeing day and we walked to entire width of the key. 

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The next day Lacey and her mom (who had got in the night before at 2 am) joined us for some fun. We showed them all the best places we had discovered and then set sail on an all inclusive adventure. That's right folks, we were going on a boat! We snorkled, kayaked and paddle boarded all the while a late lunch was being prepared on board. Once we were out of the water we ate, drank and watched an amazing sunset from the deck of the boat. What a great day and an awesome trip!

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