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Saturday, June 15, 2013

St Louis–Gateway to the West

First off. . .in all my imaginations of “The Arch”
I pictured it straddling the Mississippi River. . .
you know. . .one foot in Missouri. . .
one foot in Illinois. . .
Missourri, St Louis MO, Gateway Arch (35)
well. . . guess I found out different. . .ha ha!
In retrospect, and now that I’ve seen it. . .I realize. . .
that would’a had to be a mighty, mighty big structure!
Missourri, St Louis MO, Gateway Arch (21)
630 feet was plenty big for me. . .
the ride to the top was in a little barrel contraption with seats. . .
five seats containing five full size bodies. . .aii yaiii yaii. . .
a wee bit of panic set in when it stopped at the top, and the door did not open immediately. . .
the observation deck was a wee bit like being in a submarine. . .
about 15 small windows on each side. . .
and about a hundred people milling around. . .rotating windows.
not really my favorite tourist experience ever. . .
but I’m glad I did it. . .and the views were worth it!
Missouri, St Louis MO, Old Court House (4)
The Old Court House and Downtown St Louis
Missourri, St Louis MO, Gateway Arch (25)
Busch Stadium
Monaco and Jeep parked at Casino Queen RV Park as viewed from the top of the Gateway Arch
and our lovely home. . . parked across the river
Gateway to the West
The Journey to the West Museum located at the base of the monument was extremely interesting. . .
Gateway to the West Museum Wagon Train Mural
those pioneers chose a very, very difficult life for themselves and their families. . .
I think I like my covered wagon much more than theirs. . .

One of my favorite things to do is check out the postcards in the gift shop. . .
I figure those photographers know all the best angles. . .
based on their findings, I got a couple of good shots. ..
view of the Gateway Arch from the Train Station
this one from the train station at the Eads Bridge. . .
Old Court House with Gateway Arch in the background
and this one from the front of the Old Court House
Missourri, St Louis MO, Gateway Arch (13)logs and debri floating in the Mississippi River
our sightseeing cruise we had scheduled on the paddlewheeler was cancelled. . .
just ‘cause the river was out of it’s banks and there were
logs and trees everywhere in the water. . .go figure. . .LOL!
Missourri, St Louis MO, Gateway Arch (31)
and last stop. . .Lacledes Landing. . .lots of little touristy shops and pubs. . .
the Old Spaghetti Factory came highly recommended. . .delicious!
Casino Queen RV Park - our motorhome with a view of the Gateway Arch across the Mississippi River
the Casino Queen RV Park worked out beautifully as a home base. . .
a little pricey at $49 per night for big rigs. . .but with a Good Sam discount. . .only $45. ..
fabulous 24 hour security, and a shuttle to take you to the casino and the train station. . .
we never took the Jeep out of the lot. . .and would not have unhooked it at all. . .
except that the pedestals were located at the very rear of the parking space,
and I didn’t want to drag out every inch of sewer hose we owned. . .
the buffet at the Casino was way above your standard buffet fare. . .really great. . .
and best of all. . .no smoking in the Casino. ..so a very pleasant atmosphere.  .

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and will return in the future to tour more of the
outlying areas around the city. . .today, we are headed to Indianapolis. . .
and the Eastern Time Zone. . .oh boy!  Temps have been staying in the
lower 80’s the last couple of days. . .which is lovely. . .
another ten degrees lower will be fantastic!

Until next time,
Janice

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