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Jul 17, 2013 - Casino Queen

Today in Jamie’s birthday. We tried to call him in the car but Jamie is almost impossible to get in touch with by phone. We plan to visit him on Saturday and he doesn’t even know it! We passed through Kansas, Missouri and into Illinois. We spent the night at the Casino Queen Campground, adjacent to the gambling casino in East St. Louis. We were across the Mississippi from St. Louis and could see the famous arch and the skyline clearly. There is an elevated commuter train that goes right by the casino. It goes from the downtown zoo and then...

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Camping USA 2013

Jul 6, 2013 - Spirit of St. Louis

For their road trip, Phil and Murray are attempting to avoid all chain restaurants.. and have been successful.. but did have lunch at a Red Robin. They use their smart phones.. with either the Yelp application or Phil uses one called TV Food Maps. That application led them to a small diner for breakfast on the 5th. They were seated at the counter and were treated to quite a show by the owner, Mike. He was busier than a one-armed paper hanger. Breakfast for Phil included 2 eggs, 2 sausage, hash browns, and 1 hot cake for $5.65. Murray has...

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Jun 10, 2013 - St. Louis Rush

Our next memorable stop was St. Louis , Missouri. We had heard about the Missouri River flooding, but we got to see it for ourselves. Much of downtown St. Louis was closed off while city workers performed cleanup at the riverfront. We did get to see the arch even though we couldn't park the truck. We passed the baseball stadium and took some pictures for Gary, and ran back to our campground in Owensville, 70 miles west.

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Jun 6, 2013 - Busch Stadium

We drove up on the arch and it was magnificent. Just like in 1992. Busch Stadium is so red. The whole stadium is brick and everybody had on red. We threw frisbee before the game. It was really fun. The game was exciting and went 15 innings. The arch in the background was impressive.

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May 30, 2013 - Storms on the way

It's 3 AM and I just checked the weather. We were going into St Louis today but the Mississippi is almost at flood stage and will be over the banks tonight. Tornadoes and hail are expected. Also, high wind gust. We need to leave here as soon as possible. Will write more later. We crossed the Mississippi River at 6 AM. The arch could be seen as we approached the city. It is 640 feet tall and symbioses the gateway to the west that many a pioneers traveled on their way to new lives in a rugged new country. Old man river was cresting and...

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May 19, 2013 - St Louis, MO

We are finally here in St Louis, Missouri to start on the Lewis and Clark Trail. More on that later, because for the next 4 days we are going to enjoy visiting St Louis! The severe weather caught up to us on the first night here. A powerful thunder and lightning rainstorm swept through, but fortunately that was it. St Louis was on a tornado alert for several hours. Tornados touched down in Oklahoma and many people died there. These severe weather alerts are serious stuff. Our first day in St Louis we traveled across the river to the Fort...

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The Great Escape

May 12, 2013 - Happy Mother's Day-At the Cardinal"s Game

Happy Mother's Day! My present to Marilyn was lunch and then the St. Louis Cardinals against the Colorado Rockies at Busch Stadium. What a great wife! Found out that the Casino ran a shuttle to the ball park but we wanted to be there early so we hopped on the Metro. It stops right outside the stadium. Very easy. Beautiful ball park. Bought tickets. Field level in foul territory just beyond the foul pole on the first base side. Unfortunately in the shade. It was a cool day. High 15 C and a slight wind. Shared nachos for lunch and then later...

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May 11, 2013 - Guerilla Food Truck

Lazy morning. Marilyn did some laundry and I did some research on the internet. Marilyn wanted to go to the Guerilla Food Truck for lunch. She had seen this on The Food Network and was intrigued. This truck is like a mini restaurant and moves to different locations each day. They post their location on their website so we tracked them down. Decided to drive the truck instead of using Metro. Easy 10 minute drive. Marilyn had the Adobo Braised Chicken ( chicken slow cooked in soy sauce, vinegar,garlic, bay leaves and peppercorns. Shredded and...

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May 10, 2013 - Sweetie Pies at the Mangrove

It's Mothers' Day Weekend so Marilyn gets to choose the activities in St. Louis. Fortunately I have influenced her well. She chose lunch at Sweetie Pies at The Mangrove This is a restaurant featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives ( referred to for the rest of this trip as - DDD ). It features Mississippi cooking served cafeteria style. We used the Metro and then transferred to a bus to get to the restaurant (Day pass is $7.50 each). Simple and quick. Why drive when you can ride. Sweetie Pies was perfect. You line up cafeteria style and...

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May 9, 2013 - A Visit to the Cozy Dog Drive In

Cloudy this morning. Out of the campground by 9:30 and followed old Rte 66 to Pontiac, Illinois. Great small town. Toured the Route 66 Musem. Filled to overflowing with mementos from The Mother Road. Very interesting. Also toured the Pontiac Car Museum. Walked around town looking at a large number of wall murals that were created during a project by The Wall Dogs. After lunch we continued on Rte 66 which soon turned into I-55. Started to rain. Heavy at times so we slowed down. Best thing to do is get in the inside lane behind a truck and...

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Apr 30, 2013 - Another amazing man-made structure

The campground at Granite City proved to be an easy shot into the Gateway Arch. Can't gush enough about what an incredible structure this is. They cleared out the dead or dying riverfront houses and businesses and built this amazing structure out of stainless steel. Just an engineering marvel to pull off! Went up inside the Arch. You ride in these pod things that are like a ferris wheel car except that you're enclosed in them, with 3-4 of your new best friends, for a very tight 7 minute ride to the top. Once there there are these super...

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Apr 10, 2013 - 2nd full day in St Louis

Today we had a less busy day, we started off with relaxing in the hotel room until 10:30am and then we headed to the Busch Stadium to watch the St Louis Cardinals play against the Cincinnati Reds. Definitely a wonderful experience to give the kids!!! After the game we decided to go play a few games of bowling at the Tropicana Bowling Lanes. We had a great time and it was nice and cool inside... the weather was just perfect for the game at 78 degrees (we all got a bit sunburnt today) Once we finished playing around with bowling, we headed...

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