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Aug 17, 2015 - Gateway to the West

Another beautiful, safe day. Ryan's favorite activity of the day was the Louisville Slugger Museum. It was mine too because even though I have visited there before, it was so much more fun watching Ryan and knowing his love for baseball. We are officially out West because we crossed the Mississippi. Ryan was super excited when he saw the Jefferson Memorial Arch. He really wanted to go up in it but when we went to get the tickets, the next available time was 5:20 pm and we could not wait that long cause if you are a baseball fan, you know...

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Aug 4, 2015 - Dinner with Friends

When we lived in Walpole, Massachusetts we were members of the First Baptist Church of Westwood. We became friends with the pastors of the church including Larry and Linn Whitlock who retired and live in Warrenton near St. Louis. I found an almost new campground operated by the city of St. Peters. Last night we met Larry and Linn for dinner. It has been several years since we have seen them and so we had a lot of catching up to do. Dinner was delicious and the conversation rolled along over many topics. It was good to see them and hear how...

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May 15, 2015 - St Louis, MO

This was our last day in St Louis. We started off the day with a factory tour of the Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Factory. The make hand made chocolates, they are good, and very expensive. We bought 8 pieces of the seconds for $6. Then we went to the Missouri Civil War Museum. We learned alot about Missiouri during the Civil War Period and that tacked on to what we had learned when we were in Independance. Then after lunch we we went to the Budweiser Factory. The have one free tour and a bunch of more complete tours that they sell for $10....

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May 14, 2015 - St Louis, MO

Today it was raining so we were in no rush to leave. We finally got out after we picked up mail and got my replace UP24 which had broken under warranty. First stop was the AKC Dog Museum. Well, it turned out to be an art museum, now what we were expecting. So we only spent about 15 minutes their. Then off to the Post Office to return the broken UP24. Then a stop at the supermarket for fruit and veggies. It was late so we decided to eat BBQ at Pappy's Smokehouse. There was a very long Disneyland like line to get your bbq ordered. We were in...

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May 13, 2015 - St Louis, MO

Today we did a tour of Bush Stadium, the home of the St Louis Cardinals. It was a good tour but they did not take us into the locker room. We parked the truck in front of the ball park in 15 minute parking (but with the handicap plackard). No ticket. We left the truck and then walked towards the Arch and got a bit to eat in a sandwich shop. Probably the best sandwich and fries we ever had. Then we walked down to the Arch and hung out for and hour and a half as we were early for our riverboat cruise. We were first on the boat and the cruise...

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May 12, 2015 - St Louis, MO

Today we went to the baseball stadium and got tickets for a tour tomorrow. Then we went to the Old Courthouse and got a private tour of it. While there we bought tickets for a riverboat cruise tomorrow. We ended up walking over 3 miles. The Arch is under some improvements and all the street nearby are blocked off. With our truck being difficult to park, we will have to park it in the baseball stadium parking lot (only $2) and walk about 1.5 miles after the stadium tour to the riverboat cruise. We need the exercise anyway. Before we went, I...

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Apr 22, 2015 - Under construction

St. Louis, MO Our intention was to explore the riverfront area today. This proved to be quite a challenge. The area along the river is incredibly torn up with lots and lots of construction. Many of the streets were blocked off making negotiating the streets a real problem. When we finally maneuvered our way through the mess and got parked, we started with the Old Courthouse. Built in 1839, the building has restored courtrooms and is beautiful. It is historically significant as the place where the slaves Dred and Harriet Scott sued for their...

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Apr 21, 2015 - St Louis, MO

St Louis We traveled from Kansas City to Babler State Park at St Louis (actually it is in Chesterfield) through the rain and a 2 hour delay on the interstate – caused by a farmer who spilled 2,000 of an ammonia compound that resulted in total closure and evacuation of a small town. I could try and research why a farmer and why so much but I think it is better not to know. Babler State Park is a lovely place. Most of the park was donated by a gentleman to honor his brother who was a surgeon. But there was to be no camping so the state bought...

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Apr 21, 2015 - "Meet me in St. Louis, Louis. Meet me at the fair."

St. Louis, MO The song by Judy Garland says, "Meet me in St. Louis, Louis. Meet me at the fair." Instead of the fair, once we got to St. Louis we spent the afternoon at the zoo. The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair is credited for the birth of the St. Louis Zoo. The fair brought the world's attention to St. Louis and Forest Park. The Smithsonian Institution constructed a walk-through bird cage for the World's Fair. Ten days after the World's Fair closed, the citizens of St. Louis chose to buy the 1904 World's Fair Flight Cage for $3,500, rather...

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Apr 21, 2015 - East St. Louis, IL - Casino Queen RV Park

It was a long 336 miles from Nashville, TN to East St. Louis, IL under overcast skies but no rain. That was actually 13 miles farther than it should have been since I missed my turn and wound up crossing the Mississippi River into St. Louis, MO and it took 13 miles to get turned around and back to the Casino Queen. This was the first time our GPS, Sheila, had faltered on us. We were in an area making rapid turns from one highway to another and each one actually had several numbers(I-44, I55, US40, US15 and IL 3 for example). By the time she...

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Mar 1, 2015 - A snowy start

Sunday, March 1: Driving west to St. Louis Route: I-70W → I-55W → I-44W → Route 66 Weather: snowing most of the day with temps between 31-34F Trip Average Gas Mileage: Started with 28.7mpg, dropping to 28.3mpg by end of day Highlights: - arriving safely at our destination We knew it would be a long day – driving 600+ miles to our first night's stay in a Kabin at the St. Louis West KOA – so we were up at 6:30 and finally out of the house by 8:30. (Even though I had the sandwich ingredients ready to assemble for the morning and was...

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Three USA Deserts

Oct 18, 2014 - Dubuque, IA to St. Louis, MO

Day 2, Trip 3 Destination: St. Louis, MO We set out from Dubuque in the morning taking our time on the great river road. It was pretty grey and cloudy, but the colors on the trees were phenomenal. We drove through Galena, IL. It's an adorable, little touristy place, and then we got lunch at front street brewery in Davenport. We stopped to check out lovers leap in Hannibal, MO. When we all piled out of the bus, Ryan heard a girl say, "They don't look like hippies". I assume this was meant as a compliment. So, thank you(?) random...

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