Friday, June 8, 2012


We are in Macon GA tonight, after spending the day winding through Georgia. Here's a little secret. I love the south. If it wasn't for the ticks, chiggers, poisonous snakes, huge spiders, and heat I would have seriously considered moving here instead of back to the Northwest. I was surprised how similar it is though in plant life to the northwest. Huge Rhodies, gorgeous flowers and so lush.

More on the south later though, here are the pictures from St Louis. I love Missouri. I lived there for 3 years, we had so much fun exploring and seeing new things there. We have taken the kids there before but this was their first trip to St Louis and the arch.

The park leading to the Arch. The architect designed the park to
match the shape of the arch.

The arch is a catenary curve
The old courthouse where the Dred Scott trials were held

Peeking out the windows at the earth 630 feet below

Home of the Cardinals!

The walkway is only 7 feet wide

Bridges from the top.

Imagining where Percy Jackson would have been in the Lightening Thief..

The trip down

It's a bit tight inside.

I love this angle. The arch is only 17 feet wide.

Gateway to the West

After the ride to the top, we took a different ride.

It was riverboat time!

We rode on the Tom Sawyer, Becky stayed docked waiting for dinner.
One interesting thing we learned was that Mark Twain's pen name came from
a riverboat captain's phrase meaning Safe Waters

Once you get on the water it's an even better view

The power plant built for the 1902 world's fair. It was an important
one since it introduced ice cream cones, hot dogs, and iced tea to the world.

The arch and the corner of the Eades bridge. Built in the 1800s.

Enjoying the view, and absolutely perfect weather.

We had no time for a carriage ride this trip.

Walking underneath the arch.

Goodbye St Louis, see you next time!
Tomorrow we are off to Disney. This is the first night we made it to the hotel at an early time, and we're all hoping for an easy day tomorrow so we can have plenty of energy for Mickey.

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