Friday, August 8, 2014

Wichita

Mom and I have taken so many vacations together (with and without my dad). Let me see... Branson, Kansas City, South Padre, Dallas, Carmel, Paris, New York City, London and now the big city of Wichita!

Last year was my mom's first year as a professor and with this summer off she's been dying to take a trip. Like it does, the school year crept back up on her and she wanted to take a vacation before going back to the real world. She called me up and we planned it for the next week!

On Friday night we checked into our hotel and then headed to The Monarch. I had a delicious grilled cheese with fries. We drove around in the area around the restaurant and our hotel to get a feel of the area. We were basically right next to all the things we wanted to do and/or eat. We also checked out the Keeper of the Plains statue and walked around a bit by the river thing that ran next to it.

On Saturday we woke up and headed to the zoo. My absolute favorite part of the Segdwick County Zoo is the Australia exhibit. *SPOILER ALERT* It's like a giant enclosure. You walk thru double doors to get into the first part. There are birds flying every where, which is sort of exciting and terrifying at the same time. Somewhere in this post is a picture of my mom being scared of the scariest bird that tried to establish it's territory with us. Listen bird, we're just trying to take pictures with this fluffy WALLABY. Oh yeah, there's wallabies just running wild! They're hopping across your path and being all fat and adorable. It's insane. Look how close I got!

After you walk thru that whole section full of birds and monkeys and kangaroos, you open a heavy door in which ducks try to escape thru and find yourself in a little enclosed area of plants. This is a buffer area. As we enjoyed the beautiful plants in the buffer area we see another little mammal. I lost my mind. Thank goodness it was just me and my mom cause I started baby talking this little deer, a pudu.

"Hi, baby. Are you lost?" He was exploring in front of the gate, probably brought by our commotion. "Would you like to get in my bag and I can take you home?" Yup, I was talking to the deer. We got him to go to the other side of the door so we could sneak out real fast without letting him escape. Then I got all up in his personal space. I wanted to touch him so bad, which people probably do, but decided against it for the good of him. Plus, this adorable little girl came in during my photo op and I didn't want to be a bad example.

The rest of the zoo was amazing too. They have hippos and bears, elephants, giraffes, and THREE Okapis! You can ride a tram or take a boat tour if you get tired of walking. They have four (I think) different cafes and really cheap ice cream, $1.50! I would go back to this zoo and would *also* recommend it to all my friends. The only sad part was that the Jungle exhibit is closed until Memorial Day 2015.

After three and a half hours we had walked the whole zoo. Actually, for the sake of being transparent, we didn't go in the Reptile house. We were starving and ready to leave to eat at TJ's Burger House. I had a jalapeno cheese burgers with grilled onions and it was delicious. Mom had a hickory bacon burger which was also delicious. I love eating out with my mom cause we always share so we get to try more than one thing!

We walked around downtown for a while, checking out a hat store, a little tchotchke shop, and some other cute little stores. In one of the stores I met the sweetest little puppy and basically didn't see anything the shop had cause I was so preoccupied with this dog. Then Mom and I went to the Wichita Art Museum. Little did we know it was annual ice cream social to celebrate all the birthdays ever. There was this scary mascot dog in the entry way that my mom tried to get me to take a picture with, but no way man. The museum had a lot of impressionist stuff which I'm not super into, but over all quality stuff.

 Saturday night we got dressed up and went to Hangar One Steakhouse. Mom and I both got Learjet Filet (the restaurant is airplane themed did I mention?) with a chocolate covered cheesecake for dessert. It was so fun to put on a fancy dress and go out for the night.
Sunday we went to Heroes and I had this delicious sweet pepper bacon sliders with cheese. This was the weekend trip of sandwiches/burgers! Then we headed to the Museum of World Treasures. They had so much good historical information, including a "hall of presidents" where they had examples of each of the president's writing. Bill Clinton had even written a letter to the Museum! Full disclosure, they had dinosaurs. So a lot of the rest of the museum was lost of me.

All in all, I'm basically just saying go to Wichita. Stay by "Old Town" (it's a part of town like Bricktown, my okies). Have a grand ole time. Do it.

First meal at the Monarch.
First time I ever saw little Pudu. 
 
That's a wallaby. Like two feet from me.
One of my favorite paintings at the museum.
Forcing my mom to take a selfie with me before our fancy dinner.
Hangar One.
Sweet pepper bacon sliders.
Trex-Selfie at the Museum of Wonders.



Until Next Time,
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