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North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis February 4th 2010

By Melisse We were so ready and happy to have the opportunity to connect with family and friends in St. Louis on our stop over there last week. As a counterpoint to our exploration of places and meeting new people on our travels, we so cherish our core foundation of you all in St. Louis. Thanks to you all for welcoming us back with such warmth and open arms. THANK YOU FOR COMING OUT FROM NEAR AND SOME FROM QUITE FAR, TO OUR GATHERING AT BOTTLEWORKS! It was fantastic seeing all of you though frustrating trying to have true conversations with each of you. Thanks for your patience and understanding of that as the evening unfolded with precious little time to have in depth conversations with as many of you as we would have liked. Though ... read more
Mama and Me
Jill and Dave- happy to see each other
A Glass of Wine by the Fire at David and Jane's

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis October 27th 2009

One of the best places to watch Fall splendor is a drive on the Great River Road hugging the Mississippi starting from Alton all the way till Pere Marquette State Park. The drive is really exceptional if it happens to be a Peak Fall color weekend as was this last week end. ... read more
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North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis October 14th 2009

The rush of life often leaves me wondering, "Why is it that I fill my schedule up to the brim? Why do I stay too busy to enjoy this wonderful creation?" Words cannot convey the much needed serenity you experience while traveling down Route 66. For me, it's the ultimate disconnect from the rest of the world. The moment we pulled onto the "Mother Road" just outside of the Chicago hustle, I was instantly taken back to a time before my own existence. From 40s gas stations, to car hops and diners, to Burma Shave signs, it's everything I've ever heard about, except this time I'm right in the middle of it. And to think, I didn't even need a Delorean or Christopher Lloyd to go back in time. Just a curious spirit. The historic Route ... read more
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Launching Pad Drive-In
Launching Pad

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis October 2nd 2009

Before we began to pack up our home in St. Louis. I had one place I needed to cross off my list of "Must do before I move" list. So, my friend Helena and I drove south (from STL) to Johnson's Shut-In state park. It was a perfect day, or as perfect as a day can be for me. I was with a friend, the sun was shining, and I was walking in a beautiful place. Plus, Helena bought lunch, which again for me was a HUGE perk. I love Helena as a friend, but the fact that she bring the most tasty snacks on a hike is a tremendous perk! A little info on the Shut-ins, compliments of Wikipedia - "Johnson's Shut-In state park is a Missouri state park on the Black River in Reynolds ... read more
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North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis September 13th 2009

Well st. louis is technically in missouri as well as Illinois, anyhow... We had no luck finding work there and kept running into snags with people and police, plus I lost my I.D one drunkin night, so we decided it was time to go home. We start walking towards the most obvious eastern highway to hike when some dude stops and asks us where we are headed. We told him east and he told us to hop in he would give us a ride to a truck stop on the east side and explained that walking through east st. louis is suicide for a white person. Were sitting around the truck stop for 3 hours before some one bothers to tell us no one picks up from there. As we discus our next move a trucker ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis September 10th 2009

JOhnny had told some of his friends that we were coming down so we had a place to crash.. it was all fun, best dumpster dive town ever... mountains of fresh packaged scores. Yet nooo work what so ever- this was bad. So after three days in carbondale we decided to pack up and start hitching north for St. Louis. After three hours of walking we got picked up by a dad and his daughter.. we hoped in the truck and they took us a good 20 miles, after walking for another two hours a cop stops us and runs a routine.. decides he likes us and gives us a ride to the town limits. We found a church and passed out in the back, next morning we discover we are in the small town of ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis September 1st 2009

The bus journey to St Louis has some good and bad sides. The good side is meeting Stefan who I have coffee with at the station before he heads on to Kansas City. The bad side is not getting a whole lot of sleep due to snoring co-passengers and the unfriendly Greyhound woman who will not keep my backpack until the evening bus leaves, hence forcing me to either walk around hot St. Louis with my backpack all day, or staying overnight. I choose the latter and take a cab to the Huckleberry Finn Hostel (the cab is necessary as the area is, according to the owner, not the best to walk around at alone). People there are just extremely nice and I walk to the city with a John, a British literature student who is ... read more
It is so hot, I even wear a skirt...
The arch again

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis August 29th 2009

Cape Girardeau where we stayed last night is the largest city between Memphis TN and St Louis Missouri along the River. It has evolved from a tiny trading post to a frontier settlement governed by a French-Canadian commandant to a thriving, culturally-rich community of 37,000 residents on the world’s only inland cape. A teaching university was founded in Cape Girardeau that is now Southeast Missouri State University. We set out for the 110 mile trip to St Louis at 10:30am. This time we took the interstate which had been marked on the AAA map as a scenic route. Jeeves (the GPS unit) is now mounted on the dash in a place of prominence and seems to have much less of an attitude now that he can see where he is going. (not serious here....just a little ... read more
Side view of Gateway Arch
Scenic overlook
Fishing and viewing area in Clarksville Missouri

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis August 26th 2009

Saturday , We packed up and headed north for St Louis. Along the way we stopped at a Cafe that the lady from Michigan had told us about. Lamberts, Well what a place.The line was standing outside where you take a number. We only waited about 1/4 hr before getting a table. They had a piano playing and its all set in an old barn, with number plates from all over America on the walls. We ordered our drinks and from them we should have known what was coming. I got a bucket of coke, Kids got huge hot chocolates. A guy walks around throwing fresh hot rolls to everyone who wants one, sometimes from the other side of the room. One stray throw landed on our table. We ordered our meals and when they came ... read more
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North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis August 18th 2009

Communicating with all of you is so easy and multifaceted in this day and age. Blogging, facebooking, emailing, cell phoning are all something that I had no idea of a mere decade ago when we were on the road last time. The immediacy of contact is both disconcerting and comforting at the same time. For the time being, it feels great to have contact with our good friends while we are going into the unknown. On the other hand, is so much availability required? I know when we were living in a more stable situation, I rarely carried my cell phone with me. I'll keep you posted as my thoughts on this evolve.... read more




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