Left Friday, 8/27/10 and went as far as Washington, PA. Stayed at a Wal-mart overnight.
Of course, there was also a Krispy Kreme donut shop in the same shopping center so,obviously, my diet was blown right off the bat.
Then, drove through West Virginia, Ohio and wound up in Cloverdale, Indiana; a very small farming community in what appears to be a poor section of the state. Lots of double-wides with refrigerators on the porch. We stayed at Blackhawk campground for two nights and spent a day kayaking on Cable Mills Dam which is a very large state recreation area about the size of Raystown Lake. We kayaked way back into the "no wake" portion of the lake and saw no one except one group of fishermen. Lots of birds and a very large catfish that actually hit my boat in shallow water while trying to avoid my paddle, I think.
Visited one of the ten covered bridges in the area by the site of Indiana's largest falls; Cataract Falls. At only 20 ft high you can imagine that it was not a particularly impressive site.
The campground was Blackhawk Campground and the people were very nice - Grandma manned the desk. The sites were pull through and we didn't have to unhook. But, very rustic. The best part though was the dozens of hummingbirds everywhere. You would be standing outside the RV and a hummingbird would zip right around, hover looking at you and then flit away.
Next was a trip across Illinois to St. Louis where we stayed at Casino Queen RV park in E. St. Louis, Illinois. We wpent two nights there with a view of the arch across the Mississippi. Didn't gamble but they had a shuttle to drive us to the Metrolink trains or the casino. We walked across the Eads bridge yesterday to the Arch then walked all through down town St, Louis by the old courthouse where the Dred Scott decision was rendered, the oldest cathedral west of the Mississippi, through the downtown green zone and to Union Station. Long, hot walk.
The arch is truly magnificent. It's simplicity is what makes it so striking. It is incredibly high and wide yet, for all the arched angles, there were edges reflecting the sun. The buildings near the arch had mirrored glass which reflected the arch. The arch simply dominates the skyline from all areas of the downtown section.
Union station is now full of shops. Nice architecture. Took the metro back to the RV park. The system is an "honor system" so while you have to buy a ticket, there are only rare checks. Very simple to follow the directions and stops.
Today, went to the zoo. One thing about St. Louis is that the public buildings are free. The zoo is in the Forest Park section which also contains the art museum, space center, natural history museum and other types of public buildings. All are FREE!
Took the metro to the station nearest the zoo and walked the rest of the way. The zoo is lovely but we both thought it was difficult to navigate around it.
Took the bus back to the metro stop after eating lunch at another neat place; the Boathouse which sits on a lake in the middle of this awesome park. The World's Fair building is also part of this park area. They say it is the largest city park in the states but I think that Fairmount Park really is the largest within the city limits.
Who cares though? It was an oasis of green, beautifully kept and manicured.
Leaving for Kansas tomorrow.