In The Bag June 2018

WICHITA’S HANGER

Good For the Soul

June 2018

Exploring the Beauty All Around Us

Some folks would tell you that there’s not much to do in Wichita, arguing that there are limited entertainment options. You go out to eat at the same places, got to a movie, and do the same old thing week after week. But I believe that if you expand your view just a bit, you’ll see all the local treasures our area has to offer. It’s something I’ve come to appreciate more and more over the last few years. In the past, we used family vacations for traveling. We went all over the United States, visiting Philly, California, Cleveland, Alaska — there have been some really neat trips. In Alaska, we visited Aram’s family and saw glaciers. We also flew over Mt. McKinley in a tiny propeller plane. It was spectacular. Last year, we went to Beaver Creek, Colorado, a town just down the road from Vail. Trips to Colorado remind me of my childhood, skiing and being near mountains, so it was a nostalgic experience. I’d say Colorado is as much fun in the summer as it is in the winter. There are outdoor activities to enjoy in any season. We rode the gondola with the kids, and the trees were beautiful. On past trips, we’ve gone whitewater rafting and hiking. Now we’re looking to enjoy more regional trips. With two little ones, it’s not always easy to jump on a plane. We’re kind of homebodies. As the girls get a little older and Ethan looks forward to each new adventure, we’re excited to show them some of the great local treasures that Kansas and our neighboring states have to offer. In Wichita, there’s no shortage of activities, from the exhibits at Exploration Place to the botanical gardens, the historic theaters, and the local food trucks. Of course, it goes without saying that hosting March Madness was a highlight for our city. We’ll see you again in 2021, NCAA fans! With its water and amusement parks, Kansas City is also a really cool place. Our family enjoys going to Great Wolf Lodge for the indoor water park. Because the temperature stays at a steady 80 degrees, we can enjoy it year-round. And since it’s less than three hours away, a trip to Kansas City to visit the parks and do some shopping in the downtown plaza is the perfect getaway.

We’re hoping to take a trip to Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri this summer for some outdoor adventures. Have you been? It looks like a beautiful and fun place to enjoy the water. If you have any recommendations, let me know. Another place on our list is the River Walk in San Antonio. We’ll see what we get to this summer! When I’m on vacation, it takes about three days for me to relax and let go of everything. That time recharges my batteries. It’s so easy to get caught up in our daily routines of work, school, and activities, and sometimes it’s hard to make time to get away. It’s important to step away once in a while for a family trip to reconnect with each other. Sometimes it takes a total break from our daily routine to feel like we can give it our all again. You’ll find you appreciate your everyday life even more when you return. For me, traveling near or far comes down to exploration. Not only do Aram and I love it, but can also share that passion with our kids. To go out, explore, and see other parts of the state, the country, and the world is a one-of-a-kind experience you can’t get from books or television. It enriches the soul. For us to impress that on our kids early, and to have the opportunity to do that, is a privilege we treasure.

Summer is the perfect time for a relaxing getaway.

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