|A day full of sunshine and hot, but low humidity made it comfortable. Our first stop of the day was the Jefferson Expansion National Monument, or as it's more commonly known, the Gateway Arch. Took the ride to the top inside the "eggs" and enjoyed a great view of the St. Louis area. The low level of the Mississippi River is more noticeable from this vantage, looking to be 10 - 15 feet low. Still, lots of river traffic.
Next was the Anheuser-Busch brewery tour. Becky really wanted to go here just to see the Clydesdale stables but I think you probably already know my favorite part of the tour! And the hospitality room lived up to its name. Brewery complex is huge and many of the original buildings are not only still standing but in use. Aroma of mash permeates the area. Well worth the time spent here, and the price is right (free)!
The day ended with dinner and gaming at the Casino Queen. Illinois law allows just floating casinos; the Casino Queen, from all appearances, is a standard big building but it does float on 16 inches on water to comply with the law. Becky won over $60 at penny slots. Me? Let's just say one lucky person in the family is going to have to be enough.
Today is 6 hours of driving through Missouri and into mid-Kansas.