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North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis June 13th 2023

We left Jellystone at 7:30am and set out for the Gateway Arch National Park in St. Louis. We had plenty of time before our tram ride up the arch, so we decided to swing by Louisiana, Missouri, on our way to St. Louis. Andrew's paternal grandmother grew up in Louisiana, Missouri, right on the Mississippi River. In fact, their home overlooked the river! Today, there's an empty lot where the home stood, but it was still nice getting to see where she grew up. The town is cute and very small. It was the front of their house that overlooked the river, but they could also walk a couple blocks away from the river into town. It was probably a great place to grow up! After our stop in Louisiana, we continued our drive to St. ... read more
Gateway Arch Tram
From the Top of the Gateway Arch
I'm on top of the Gateway Arch!

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis April 2nd 2023

The second day of the road trip has ended in a phenomenal way: face first into some amazing pizza. It’s one of my favorite restaurants in Missouri, Shakespeare's Pizza. I actually bought one to eat at the restaurant and one to take with me to enjoy later on, and I hope to do that tomorrow. I was also able to get to my hotel and have a pleasantly slow evening after driving another 4 hours today. It has been a day of highs and lows in a literal sense. The main tourist thing to do today involved baseball. Frankly, this entire trip is planned around baseball games because my favorite major league team, the Toronto Blue Jays, are in St Louis for the first weekend of the season before moving to Kansas City for a four-game ... read more
The view when approaching Busch Stadium from the parking lot
Posing in Cardinal Plaza, outside Busch Stadium
Busch Stadium in St Louis is a world-class stadium with a fantastic view of an iconic American landmark - the Gateway Arch

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis December 1st 2022

October 14th – 15thOctober 2022 We arrived in St Louis in the evening and we only had the one night at the hotel. We already had dinner on the road, so we checked in, left our bags in the room and went out to see the Gateway Arch. It was nice to take a night time walk – my night time photography isn’t all that but I am working on it. I got a few pics and we set off back to the hotel as we had a long day and were both tired, plus we had another long drive the following morning. From St Louis, we made our way to the Route 66 State Park in Eureka for a stamp on the passport and a few photos. From there, we drove to the Fanning Outpost ... read more

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North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis July 1st 2019

I got a fairly early start-7:00 AM, not bad. We said our goodbyes and even my grand nephew, Noah got in on the act. The route I took was designed to get me as much riding in Illinois on US 50, so I went straight south on two lane highways to Olney, IL where I headed west on US 50. It made the trip to South County St. Louis considerably longer. It was 360 miles to the hotel. I got in at 3:00 PM. It was a fairly uneventful trip with the only crummy time having to ride the interstates to get around St. Louis. I caught a couple light showers and put on the rain gear for a couple hours, no big deal. It was overcast the whole way so that kept the heat from ... read more
Noah Wishing Me Well

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis May 7th 2019

Our big trip is only a week away. This is a new blog site, because my old one went away. Hopefully this works. You probably received an email notifying you of this post. Sort of a test. If you don't want to read, just ignore the emails or let me know to take you off the list. Our trip: Dot and I leave next Monday afternoon. We fly to Chicago, then to London. We are going to spend a few days in London, mainly going to the theatre. We have tickets to 2 shows. Then we will take the train from London to Scotland for the main portion of our trip. We will start with a few days in Edinburgh, then rent a car and head for the Scottish Highlands. (We have been watching the Outlander ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis March 23rd 2019

Back in 1994 we took our 1st ocean cruise. Fast forward to today and it is almost time for us to take our 21stcruise. On some of our previous cruises we have done some really unusual things (like riding an overgrown wicker basket down the streets of Funchal Madera, or walking on the Athabasca Glacier in the Canadian Rockies, or transiting through the locks of the Panama Canal), and have seen some remarkable things (like the 12 Apostles jutting up from the sea along the Great Ocean Road in southern Australia, or seeing the 70 meter hand-stitched Bayeux Tapestry), and have visited some incredible locations (like the palaces of St Petersburg, the Cathedrals of Rome, or rounding Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America). Yes there have been some real special highlights during many ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis May 19th 2018

Saturday morning, May 19th, we departed from Oak Brook, Illinois heading to St. Louis. This would be one of our longest legs of the trip, about 270 miles. I researched the location of Route 66 before departing Atlanta. The route starts in Chicago but is pretty congested these days in the beginning. So, I waited until we reached Pontiac, Illinois before leaving I-55. We noticed right away that there was a Route 66 museum located here. I visited the museum while Jackie stayed in the car. I enjoyed what I saw and recommend it for anyone with an interest in this history. Since Jackie was still in the car, I grabbed a map and we drove about 20 miles along the Old Route 66. Wow, it is scenic but it doesn't take long to understand why ... read more
Route 66
Route 66
Route 66

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis May 8th 2017

Note the ‘que’ in parque. You might think it exudes elegance. Up and out of Branson at 8:30 Saturday morning. We had a 270 or so mile trip to St. Louis, one of our longest days, over roads we were not sure were not flooded (sorry, something about double negatives there.) I find the MODot web site very poor, and the app that you must download to use the website on your iPhone is even worse. Very frustrating. Google maps wasn’t much better for showing us closed roads. Son, Tim, suggested WAZE and the problem with that, if there are no cars driving on the road there is no data for that road and the app doesn’t show the roads closed. We drove by the seat of our pants. The condition of the US and Interstate ... read more
Ginnie tip toeing thru the construction. That is the south leg
Mississippi flood waters at Arch
Look carefully. The gangplank is under water

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis October 16th 2016

Hello from the Ozarks! Yesterday Marc caught a striped bass. We went to dinner with our friend Jake in Eureka Springs and he took us on a brief tour of The Crescent Hotel which is unbelievably unique and spooky. Several ghost tours were going on as we were there. Many thanks to Jake for his hospitality! Today we drove from Eureka Springs to Granite City, Illinois, just outside of St Louis. We drove through Blue Ete AR with a population of 38! What?! Later we drove right through the St Louis and got a great view of the Arch. Of course the highlight of my day was getting the Bills' play by play online and great commentary from my extended family! Go Bills! We have now been through 16 states and have passed through Arizona and ... read more
Celebrating with a great beer in historic Eureka Springs
Blue Eye Pop. 38
State number 16

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