Chris and I just got back this morning from a whirlwind tour of Missouri to visit our families for the holidays. During our 9-day trek, we covered 3,000 miles, stayed in three Missouri cities - St. Louis, Kansas City, and Columbia - ate waaaaay too much, spent a little too much money on after-Christmas sales, and got to spend some great time with family and friends.
Now, if you're a smart cookie you're probably thinking, "3,000 miles from DC to Missouri? That seems awfully long?" And you know what? You're right. We made a oopsie-daisy when we were leaving DC that required us to turn around not once, but twice, turning a 14-hour drive to St. Louis into a 24-hour drive. OOPS! Let's just say, if you are going somewhere cold make sure to grab a winter coat, and if you are going anywhere and rented a car in your name, don't forget your wallet and driver's license! Honestly, 24 hours in a car doesn't seem that much longer than 14.... and at least we didn't strangle each other!
Tips to those that plan on taking a long-distance car ride - 5-Hour Energy's work wonders, travel pillows will be your best friend, and watch your liquid intake because you'll definitely only want to stop when you have to!
Here are some highlights from our trip . . .
Our first stop was lunch at Bogart's in St. Louis' Soulard neighborhood. Nom, nom.
Then, we had a siblings' drink at International Tap House. (That handsome guy is my little brother!)
Chris and I sported our Holiday-best on Christmas morning.
And we enjoyed some family bowling (which reminds me that I need to find cheap bowling out here in DC!).
In Kansas City, we spent time on the Plaza shopping, eating, and enjoying the holiday atmosphere.
Oh, and I tried my first Winstead's Skyscraper shake. Yummy!
We checked out the Magic Tree, a Columbia, Missouri tradition!
And, lastly, we stopped in Newport, Kentucky to enjoy some beer and food at Hofbrauhaus. It might not be the same as the Munich Hofbrauhaus, but it was good enough.
Chris might have needed to get out of the car too . . .
We hope everyone has had a wonderful and relaxing holiday season so far, and has a safe night tonight on New Year's Eve!