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Thursday, April 17, 2008

St Louis day 3

Our 3rd and final day in St Louis.
The weather was finally looking up. Still cold,
(37 degrees when we got up)
but sunny and a forecast high of 53.
So I made Craig and myself a couple of Lattes,
and across the river to get a closer look at the Arch.
Now I've seen it before, but it is such a sight,
you can always see it again.
And I've been up in the top of it before,
so I didn't need to do that again.
The view really isn't all that much. But the park it sits in is beautiful.
Heading down towards the river,
you can see the water is quite high.
They've had lot's of rain this spring.
The water is just coming over the
road that runs along the river front.
Click on the pic and you'll see a road
going into the river. There is water now
where there is usually parking.
But the river isn't any where near flooding the city.
See the bridge in the background? That's just about how high the city is above the river.

After the Arch, is was off to the Zoo.
St Louis has a first class zoo.
One of the nicest we've see.
And a beautiful spring day to see it.
If you like animal pics, the rest are here.

After a busy morning, we were hungry,
so since we were near the West End neighborhood (where I lived some 30 years ago) we went there to explore and eat. And we ended up at Cullpeper's. Great little place, with good food! During our exploring, we even saw the building I rented a studio apartment in when I lived here. But soo much has changed. And they are building like crazy here. The West End has always been an eclectic neighborhood. And it still is, but now it looks like it's becoming more trendy.

Well with a little time left,
we headed over to Union Station.
I just love interesting Architecture,
and this building has it!
They renovated it some years ago, adding a hotel and shops and restaurants. Though on this visit we saw a lot of the stores closed and empty. That seems to happen in a lot of cities, where they rehab an area, it's a hot spot for a while, and then goes down hill. Hope they can prevent that here.

Here's a pic of me across the street
from the station in front of this very cool fountain.
So it was back to the RV Park, and get the car back on the Car Kaddy, get it hooked up,
so we'll be ready first thing in the morning
for the long 9 hour drive home.
So that's our first trip of the season!
We made it there and back safe.
Only one minor issue, (the hot water heater from 2 posts back)
But met some very nice people,(John and Derek in person!)
And had a real good time! (despite the weather)
So now it's time to whip this yard of mine into shape. Spring is finally here!
Oh, and if you want to see the rest of the trip pics, they're here.


  1. Joseph8:58 AM

    Thanks for sharing your trip with us. Despite the weather (and a cold shower!), you seemed to have a good time. I'm glad you had the chance to get away and recharge before you start working in your beautiful yard. Have a safe trip home.

  2. I've never been there so I appreciated the pictures. I think that Union Station is so neat!

  3. It looks like you guys are having a wonderful time. Drive home safely!

  4. davidz7:36 PM

    Great pics Wayne. Glad you had a good time, and saw your old apartment cool is that? Didn't you work in a hospital when you lived there? Or am I completely senile? lol Have a safe trip home.

  5. I've been up in the arch as well and I agree. The sight of it and the park are nice though.