I slept a little extra in the morning because A Librarian and I talked ourselves out of our usual 3.4 mile morning walk. However, I more than made up the distance later in the morning when @ThatSusan and I met up and registered for the Urban Photo Safari.
We had three hours to wander around downtown and midtown Kansas City in a fairly wide corridor and take as many photos as we wanted. Some people drove around for the event, but we chose to remain on foot and explore wherever our whims took us.
I took more than 90 shots of anything and everything that caught my attention. I think this one may have been my favorite:
Our boundaries ended up being Crown Center to the south, Oak to the east, 18th Street to the north and Wyandotte to the west. Our perambulations took us to the Freight House district, inside Union Station, all over the Crossroads, and through the beginnings of the Chalk & Walk Festival outside Crown Center.
I even bought my husband a Science City t-shirt at the gift shop in Union Station. We also took a nice break around the 2-hour mark to have mimosas made with sparkling hard cider at Grinders West.
If you'd like to see the whole photo set, they're here.
When I woke up and realized the time, I quickly changed shirts and went to Petco to help another volunteer deep-clean the cat area for the next two-and-a-half hours. I can still smell bleach on my hands...and I was wearing gloves.
Speaking of the animal rescue organization for which I volunteer, they are desperately trying to raise money to move to a new facility. They've been renting kennel space but that facility was cited by inspectors for various violations. They're trying to get funds to move and also find homes for all of the dogs that had been staying at the kennels (as opposed to living in foster homes). If you can possibly donate, please visit The Animal Rescue Alliance (T.A.R.A.). Thanks!
My final activity of the day was very low-key: a nice dinner with a group of friends. I mixed up a pitcher of my new favorite summer cocktail: 1 can of frozen lemonade, 1 can of lime-flavored gin, about 1/3 can of water, and top off the pitcher with the lemon-lime soda of your choice. Very light and refreshing.
We all sat on the hostess' back deck and enjoyed the summer evening. Unfortunately I couldn't hang around particularly late because I was so tired, but it was a great way to finish out the day.
I managed to sleep until almost 9:00 a.m. this morning, which is a record for me these days. Today I'll be doing a bit of grocery shopping, making a lasagna for dinner and otherwise relaxing between laundry loads the rest of the day. I've never been so happy to see an empty calendar square!