Weekend Trip in the Fall

I absolutely love Fall.  I just love everything about it.  The colors. The leaves changing. The weather. The Fall clothes. Football.  Coffee. And trips to the mountains.

Most years I try to take at least one weekend trip in the Fall to the mountains to see the beautiful Fall landscape.  This year I went with my friend Jessica to Chattanooga, TN for a quick Saturday trip.  We went to the art gallery, got coffee, walk around downtown, got tea at the English Rose, and went up on top of Lookout Mountain.  It was a great day and just the break we needed from life.  Here are some pictures from our day in Chattanooga.  Enjoy!

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You are going WHERE?

The lovely town of Coffeyville, KS.  You guessed it.  Coffeyville, KS is in the middle of nowhere and about 2 hours north of Tulsa, OK.

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Map of Coffeyville, KS

You are probably wondering why I would ever go to a town in the middle of the US that has a population of  just over 10,000 people and even more why I am writing a blog post about it.  Well, I had to travel to Coffeyville for work and found a few interesting thing when I was out there.  (This is what I get for working for a company that just loves to buy plants in the middle of nowhere.)

Here are 10 things I discovered while on my trip:

1. Every single town has a Sonic no matter how few people live there. And if your town is big enough you have a Sonic with a playground and sand volleyball courts.

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2. The Price Tower, Frank Lloyd Wringht’s only Skyscraper, is located in Bartlesville, OK.

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3. Bartlesville, OK exists because of Philips 66 and is still the headquarters for the company.

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4. Oklahoma has amazing sun sets.

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5. Kansas is flat!  I am sure most of you already knew this but it really is flat and you can see for miles.

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6. Oil pumps are everywhere.  If you own land in Kansas or Oklahoma, the oil companies will build and maintain the pumps and pay you for the oil that comes from your property.  Not a bad deal if you want to live in the middle of nowhere.

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7. Independence, KS is the home town of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House on the Prairie books.

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8. Did I mention the sunsets?

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9.  There are a lot of farms.

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10. Carrollton, Ga is a pretty good place to live.

Needless to say, I don’t think I will be looking for a job in Coffeyville, KS anytime soon.

The Windy City, Chicago!!!

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Occasionally, I get the privilege to travel for my job and I love it.  Who wouldn’t though?  I get to leave the cubicle farm I work in day in and day out and explore the outside world.  I go visit customers, our plants, and even get to go to the occasional trade show.

This trip was for a trade show for the wind power industry. (So ironic that it is in Chicago)  But the trip was not all business, I did get some free time to explore the city one afternoon.

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Excited to Explore Chicago!!

Our hotel was on Michigan Ave just south of Millennium Park, so I decided to walk  to the park and down the Magnificent Mile.  Once I got tired of walking, I hailed a cab to take me back to the hotel.  This was the first time I had ever hailed a cab by myself.  I felt such like an adult.  Well, since wind turbines and generators are probably only exciting to engineers, here are some of my favorite pictures from my afternoon exploring the city.

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The tulips were in bloom and I had the perfect spring time weather.

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Here are also some photos from the hotel we stayed at on Michigan Ave.  It was an older hotel but had so much vintage character.  I just absolutely loved it.

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We went to for dinner one night at this amazing Mediterranean restaurant called The Purple Pig.   I know that Chicago is known for its food and not just it’s deep dish pizza, but I had not clue how good it really was.  We had appetizers of cured meats and cheese and then my entree was chicken kebabs with tzatziki sauce.  Yum!

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Now I know this looks like all fun and games, but it is hard work.  Even though I enjoy getting out of the office every once in awhile, it is the most exhausting part of my job and I am always happy to get back home.