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The Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium

Pretty much the real reason we made a weekend getaway to Atlanta, Georgia, was so we could visit and explore the Georgia Aquarium! We have heard amazing things about it, and by just browsing their website you can tell it’s awesome and why it’s the #1 […]

Our Weekend Getaway to Atlanta, GA

Our Weekend Getaway to Atlanta, GA

On our cross country drive when we moved from Idaho to South Carolina, we passed through the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia. We knew there was so much to see and do in the city, but we didn’t have the opportunity to stop to explore at […]

Fort Sumter National Monument

Fort Sumter National Monument

A few months back we spent a day in Charleston, SC. It was a quick trip, which I like to refer to as a “preview trip,” but I instantly fell in love with the beautiful and charming, East Coast city! I already know we will […]

Family Bucket List Printable for 2018

Family Bucket List Printable for 2018

With each new year comes new plans, hopes, dreams and goals. Time in 2018 is flying by already! Our family has a lot of plans and goals for 2018. Our bucket list, things we want to do, places we want to explore, and new things to […]

15 Tips & Tricks for a Magic Kingdom Visit

15 Tips & Tricks for a Magic Kingdom Visit

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, but all opinions are my own. Before our Disney World trip, I researched, read, and soaked up as much information as possible to hopefully be prepared and at least look like I knew what we were doing. I found […]

10 Minimal Necessities for your Disney Park Backpack

10 Minimal Necessities for your Disney Park Backpack

*This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy for details. We like to keep it simple and usually take a minimalistic approach when it comes to packing. It stresses me out when there is stuff everywhere while we’re traveling, or really, in […]

2 Day Itinerary in WDW’s Magic Kingdom Part 2

2 Day Itinerary in WDW’s Magic Kingdom Part 2

Day Two While on our recent Disney World vacation, we spent two days creating unforgettable family memories in the Magic Kingdom. Read all about Day One if you haven’t already! Day Two started off pretty much the same as Day One. The park opened at […]

Why you should CONTINUALLY check Disney Dining Reservations

Why you should CONTINUALLY check Disney Dining Reservations

Like I mentioned in my earlier post, Day One of our 2 Day Magic Kingdom itinerary, on our recent Disney World vacation, we kept a major surprise from the kids at the end of our first day in WDW’s Magic Kingdom. Granted, it’s not hard […]

2 Day Itinerary in WDW’s Magic Kingdom Part 1

2 Day Itinerary in WDW’s Magic Kingdom Part 1

Day One We recently took our first family vacation to Disney World! Our trip consisted of just two days in Disney, and those two days were spent just in Magic Kingdom. We decided to keep it simple, and you can read about why we chose […]

Why we decided to take a “Little” Disney World vacation

Why we decided to take a “Little” Disney World vacation

We recently had the amazing opportunity to take our family on our first Disney World vacation! Our trip plans were super spur-of-the-moment and on a whim! We had thought of doing a week long + trip next spring, but other things and new plans came […]


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Day 2: The Sunflower State

Day 2: The Sunflower State

After a good night sleep and yummy, free breakfast, courtesy of the Fairfield Inn and Suites, we loaded everything back into the car and pressed on!

Our ending destination today, Topeka, Kansas!

It was another long day, about 7.5 hours and 552 miles, but we had confidence we would survive because we had survived yesterday, no problem! We chose Topeka because… I was born in Manhattan, Kansas (which I’ll mention later), and I spent the first seven years of my life living in Topeka. The plan for the day was to visit my birth town and my old elementary stompin’ grounds, so I could share that with my hubby and children.

It took almost three hours to reach the Kansas border after leaving Denver. Immediately after crossing into Kansas, there was a visitor center and rest stop, perfect timing! We got out, used the restroom, and stretched out legs. There were displays about Kansas, and one specifically for the Wizard of Oz. We were given complementary popcorn, a Kansas tour guide magazine and map, and coloring packets with crayons for the kids. We let the kids run around outside in the open grass area and Little Miss even found a bunny to chase.

 

We stopped for a quick lunch at Arby’s in Colby, then drove 3.5 more hours to Manhattan. No not Manhattan, New York, but Manhattan, Kansas, which is nicknamed The Little Apple, though. It is home to Kansas State University and birthplace of, well, ME!

Kansas State University Bill Snyder Family football stadium

My parents were living in Manhattan while my dad finished his Master’s Degree at Kansas State University. I was born in December 1989, on the coldest day of the century none-the-less! Maybe that’s why I like cold weather??? Anyway, I was born in Manhattan and moved to Topeka, Kansas four days later, so my remembrance of Kansas is of Topeka, but it was fun visiting the apartment my parents rented, the hospital I was born in, and the campus my dad graduated from. It was a cute little college town, and my parents had fun reminiscing.

My mama and I in front of the hospital I was born in.

From Manhattan, we drove just under an hour across rolling plains to Topeka, where we were able to see my old elementary school, Indian Hills Elementary, and my childhood home. I lived in Topeka for 7 years until we moved to Meridian, Idaho. I was surprised how many things I remembered as we drove around town. It felt like coming home, even if I hadn’t called Topeka home for the last 20 years.

We checked in at the Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites, and had a hay-day trying to park our massive moving truck (it ended up spending the night in the Walmart parking lot), then ate dinner at Denny’s down the street. We had covered a lot of ground during Day 2, and we all zonked out that night!

Day 3 was a lot less driving, but just as much a doozy!! Just you wait!

Happy Exploring,


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