This Memorial Day I salute my father, Army/Air Corp pilot, serving in the World Two Italian Theater. It is with great admiration, respect and most of all LOVE I remember him. His personality reflected the humility of his generation. I was well into my fourth decade before I realized he had received the coveted Distinguished Fly Cross. While he did not perish while serving, he lived an exemplary life; he was my hero!
Today our family honors Corky's son, career USAF, serving in Iraq and son-in-law, career Coast Guard. We are proud you have chosen to serve your country.
St Louis has now joined the ranks of Chicago and San Francisco as our favorite metropolitan cities. Our guidelines are basic: tourist friendly, easily maneuvered via foot or car, good food, and interesting sight-seeing.
It goes without saying we returned to downtown St Louis for the rib fest. The pictures will do the talking. Making eating choices was our toughest decision of the day:) Basically, the fest was a collection of championship barbecuers each enticing you with the secrets of their particular recipe. Prior to eating, we strolled block after block admiring well preserved architecture and nostalgic ethnic neighborhoods.
After lunch, onto Anheuser-Busch Brewery. If you have visited another AB brewery; thinking they are all the same, WHOA-not so!! Was I in for a pleasant surprise.
The Clydesdale's have a place of distinction with the brewery. They are fed and "housed" in a most elite manner. Oh, to be a Clydesdale! The criteria is stringent; once the horse passes all requirements, the life of Riley comes their way.
What would be a logical choice for a rainy day? Off to St Louis Mills outlet stores with Cabela's being one of the anchor stores. Shopping is not a priority for us, so this served as an annual reality check updating us on styles and prices. Leaving with no purchases made, at least cardio requirements were fulfilled by all the walking.
With so much history to celebrate, there's a good chance St Charles will have something going on any given week-end. It was only logical we attend the Irish Festival. Kilts, bag pipes, local Irish River dancers, Celtic gifts, and Irish food lined the Missouri River bank. High temps(90) and humidity subdued our enthusiasm a bit; nevertheless, it was a pleasant visit.
Our fingers are crossed and our lips are remaining zipped(of negative thoughts). Why would this be? Thursday we have a confirmed appointment to have the refrigerator repair. When the St Louis area is in our rear view mirror, I will share customer service feedback with other RVer's. Interestingly, the factory and Dometic have demonstrated excellent customer service!