One hot afternoon at the end of June, we found ourselves set off for another adventure to fulfill out Kansas City Passport to Adventure book. This time we stepped into the scenic landscape near Lake Jocomo in Blue Springs, Missouri at the Kemper Outdoor Education Center. It was clear they had amazing day camps where kids were canoeing on a pond and friendly camp counselors aimed us on path to hike. The path took us over a marshy area with a long wooden boardwalk and lead to prairie and forest areas. With the heat and hungry irritability, we decided we had seen enough and retreated to the cabin to collect our passport stamp. Inside the kids not only got a stamp, they got to select a small nature figurine. Parker got a turtle while Jones picked up a plastic ant to take home and fool Mom when she walked in the door.
We were also instructed to not miss the hoofed animal enclosure just a short ride around the lake. There Jones fed an antelope through the fence with some other patrons who brought carrots. Since Parker’s mood reflected the heat of the day, I required her to ride with her eyes closed home from Kemper (in hopes she would nod off and get some much-needed rest.) Jones softly sang a lullaby about stop lights to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle” to her the whole way home.
Kemper Outdoor and the hoofed enclosure were two unique finds for outdoor fun in Kansas City. I would take advantage of participating in the activities they offer, enjoying another hike or returning to check on the antelope up close – this time I will know to bring some carrots.