Three Fall Walks in the Kansas City Metro

  1. 2015-09-26 Zoo walk 004 Where can you walk in Kansas City and see penguins along the way? At the Kansas City Zoo, of course. Four of us participated in the Run/Walk for the Orangutans in September. It’s a charity drive that benefits the zoo, but it benefitted us, too. We got exercise, a little breakfast, and an opportunity to see the animals. 2015-09-26 Zoo walk 002 The penguin exhibit is one of the newest. Those little birds are cute! 2015-09-26 Zoo walk 1 001 Lots of folks participated on a beautiful Fall morning.

2. 2015-09-29 Sar-ko-mo park trail 005 A trail from Sar-ko-par Trails Park along Little Mill Creek near Lackman and 87th St. in Johnson County starts in the park and crosses 87th to wind along the creek at the edge of a neighborhood and through various parks along the way. Some of the homeowners decorate both sides of the trail with seating and flower beds. It’s a lovely walk with plenty of variation–woods to grassy parks, to creek side. 2015-09-29 Sar-ko-mo park trail 006 I found another favorite tree, and this one had a lantern hanging from one of its branches. The tree didn’t get a hug, being surrounded by undergrowth, but it was beautiful.

2015-09-29 Sar-ko-mo park trail 009 Love those asphalt trails that are so good on the feet and knees.

3. 2015-10-06 Line Creek Trail south 006 I was feeling tired and rundown when we reached a community center on the Line Creek Trail that we took from Briar Cliff shopping area to Line Creek, up to the center, and back with a several block detour in North Kansas City for lunch. It was beautiful all the way, but my feet didn’t appreciate the concrete part of the trail. I guess those trails save money by needing less maintenance. Maybe I’ll have to have a podiatrist check out the feet and ankles and spend my money that way.

2015-10-06 Line Creek Trail south 002 We took breaks. One time we stopped by a rapid and thought we might have taken a wrong turn and wound up in the Rocky Mountains. 2015-10-06 Line Creek Trail south 003Back near Briarcliff, the path becomes easier on the feet. 2015-10-06 Line Creek Trail from Briarcliff 002 Happy hiking in the Fall.

 

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Mission, KS Walking and Twisted Sisters Eating

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This morning the group walked a trail starting south of I-35 and Metcalf. It’s a continuation of the Turkey Creek Trail in Merriam, KS, but the trails don’t connect under the interstate. The map of Northeast Johnson County trails shows the disconnect and also the access points. It’s hard to believe the highway is only a short distance away on the other side of those beautiful trees. It’s a nice walk, though traffic noise makes conversation a little difficult for a group of people.

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After enjoying the short walk, we drove south on Metcalf to the Target parking lot south of Johnson Drive. Then we set off along the trail on the south side of the Target, along Turkey Creek, and into Mission. It led us close to Johnson Drive and Nall where we found the delightful Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop. Twisted Sisters logo  We each had a satisfying (YUM), well-priced lunch and enjoyed the cozy, convivial atmosphere. The service was fast and friendly. 20150602_121656  20150602_121712 One of the owners, Sandi, took the time to talk with us and tell us about the shop. 20150602_121621