There may not be skyscrapers in Westport but…

Living in Westport KC

It’s Sunday morning and I am on the patio of my favorite coffee house in Westport, The MudPie. Days like today are the best days. I woke up to some cool cloud cover and it feels great on my sunburnt skin. My body is sore but more from burnt skin than from the 30+ miles I paddled on the Missouri River yesterday. Today is that rare day when you wake up and have no responsibility except to enjoy life. I’m good at that 🙂

So I packed my laptop and started walking toward 39th street. The neighborhood in Westport is full of cute houses and decorated porches. I like this purple house:
purple house

Then I ordered an iced coffee and a delicious egg burrito and set up my lap top on the patio in the breeze. On a sidenote, when you are eating lean and healthy you are very in tune with how food and drink affect your body. Paddling in the heat, my body could only handle small snacks throughout the day. I had to eat often and light. And cranberry juice tasted amazing in the sun. Today, my body needed the calorie packed egg burrito (with some kind of tasty vegan flavorings). A full meal feels like an accomplishment now. And just ¼ of my iced coffee fills my body with jumpy caffeine. The sounds and sights around me are clear. A girl in a red striped dress just pedaled down 39th at a surprising speed on her bike. The patio is filling up with all types, fit people, a couple hipsters, and a table of 3 men smoking and one playing the guitar. I turned off my headphone music to enjoy the guitar.
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It’s a wonderful day. I kind of wish every day was a Sunday like this. When I first moved to Kansas City I lived with family in the suburbs, then I found a house downtown, and now I have settled with a roommate in Westport. There may not be skyscrapers in Westport, but the culture here is ten times better than tall buildings and people in suits. It’s an all day culture with outdoor scenery, quaint local shops, and interesting people. The nighttime bar scene is only a tiny part of Westport life. The eclectic crowd is much more mixed age and types than the impression some people have of Westport as a college bar scene.

So my boat trip is only 6 weeks away now and I have a ton of logistics yet to figure out. A lot of factors play into how I manage my trip. Solo vs paddle partners, what boat I use, how many miles I can paddle per day, how to get home from St. Louis and arrange boat transport, whether to borrow or rent a boat, etc. Yesterday I did my first long distance on the river and I can make more informed decisions now. I can also be more prepared for the next trip: paddle vest, water shoes, sun covering, ropes to tie stuff, etc. I hope to borrow most of these items rather than purchase. Anyone have a small paddlers vest?

Our stopping point on the Missouri River yesterday

Our stopping point on the Missouri River yesterday

I’m feeling so indecisive. I have always known what I want and what I am going to do, and for the first time everything is up in the air. It’s overwhelming. I’m working 3 jobs, trying to plan this boat feat, and trying to decide whether to live in KC through another winter, or at least 6 months. I MUST simplify and decrease the number of decisions I have in front of me, or at least focus on whichever needs the most attention currently. With that said, I will have to get my work done one day at a time and simply plan the boat trip. Where I live and whether I move before the next snow can be decided later.

Missouri River current

Missouri River current

The minimizing process is going well also. I’m looking for an artist to give my art supplies to and I’m selling some childhood collectibles on Ebay. I highly recommend getting rid of your crap. My family is learning not to buy me physical things, and I feel SO LIGHT. By the time the boat trip happens, I should be able to fit my bike and clothes in my car and hit the road…..if I choose to.
But in the meantime, I will walk down 39th street and listen to some great new music, and not think about those decisions 🙂

I will end with this motivational picture that I discovered last week. I was researching kayak rentals on Lake Tahoe and this picture came up on google. It’s not me of course, but I would like it to be. So now the image is saved as my wallpaper to remind me of why I am doing some of the things I do. Who else out there sees a photo or watches a movie and then has to go visit or complete an adventure?

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

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