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Dec 11, 2012 - Occupied Palestinian Territories

The West Bank and Gaza are unique given that they are a series of non-contiguous areas governed by the Palestinians, yet surrounded by Israel and Israeli Defense Forces. The West Bank is approximately the size of Delaware while the Gaza Strip is approximately twice the size of Washington, D.C. There are approximately 3 million Palestinians (Arabs, Gazans and Christians) living in the occupied territories. There are also over 350,000 Israeli Settlers in the OPT. (see triangles on the map to find location of the illegal settlements). It is...

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Palestine Freedom

Oct 19, 2012 - Still in St. Louis

Today we went to see the brewery and it was very interesting.The tour was an hour long and full of information but this is what I thought was most interesting. They have brew masters that come in once a week to sample site beers for quality, once a week to sample other American Budweiser breweries beers that are flown in, and once a week to sample international beer samples that are flown in. These masters have to have a chemical engineering degree and after they are hired they have to apprentice for 14 years before they become a master....

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Oct 18, 2012 - Meet me in St. Louie

Well today was an interesting day. We started out at the riverwalk and walked to the Arch. When we got in the Arch we went to the museum and walked around. I decided I needed to try to go up in the Arch because that was something Cal wanted to do. I read what happens and decided to try it...what could happen ...right...so we get in this car that holds 5 people and is enclosed. If you are claustrophobic this is not for you. You are truly squished. The car is like a ferris wheel car that rocks as you are going up to keep you level. It takes 4...

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Oct 17, 2012 - NLCS Game 3 - San Fran at St Louis

Today we attended the baseball game at Busch stadium.....perhaps the longest game of all time :-). The announced time was just over 3 hours, but there was also a rain delay of over 3 hours. There is a new rule that playoff games must be played in their entirety. Busch Stadium is neat. The stairwells are set up as storm shelters. We spent some time there visiting with the local fandom...then still had time to grab a bite to eat at a restaurant outside the park, before returning for the last 2 innings. The Cards did win, so it was pretty...

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Karen's adventures

Oct 16, 2012 - Bike ride on Sam Vadalabene trail

We went for a 70 km bike ride today. We drove to Alton, Illinois and found the Piasa bird pictograph. From there we rode the Sam Vadalabene Trail to the Pere Marquette State Park. The bike trail was great - totally separate from cars, except for 8 miles - and in excellent shape, although we had to avoid twigs, leaves, acorns and walnuts in some places. It was my best ride yet, averaging over 26 km/h for 34 kms. The ride home was more difficult due to lots of wind but we made frequent stops for sightseeing. Riding along the Mississippi River...

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Oct 15, 2012 - Meet me in St. Louis, Louis

Even though we had booked another night in the glorious confines of the State Fairgrounds, we left for St. Louis area. We booked a campsite at the KOA NE of St. Louis, on the Illinois side. We hadn't realized HOW flat and barren the rest of Illinois was until we started to find hills...AND trees. It was actually a very pretty drive after we reached Jacksonville, Illinois and headed south. Gently rolling hills and lots of trees, much of it on two-lane blacktop made for a pleasant route. As we got close, we started to see the Mississippi...or...

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Sep 15, 2012 - Great Forest Balloon Race - First St. Louis Flight!

Great Forest Park includes the St. Louis Zoo, Norman Probstein Community Golf Course, Highlands Golf and Tennis Center, 1904 Worlds Fair Pavilion, Kennedy Forest, Dwight Davis Tennis Center and the Jewel Box. Great Forest Park is the largest park inside a city in the nation (even bigger than Central Park in NYC). On Saturday afternoon, Western Spirit Balloon (the only Colorado entry in the event) and other 69 balloons gathered on the Great Forest Park, Central Field. At 3:00 pm, sky divers jumped from a plane circling the park carrying the...

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Sep 14, 2012 - Great Forest Balloon Race - Glow

The 40th Annual Great Forest Balloon Race was held in St. Louis on Sept. 14 and 15, 2012. 70 balloons from seven states were part of this wonderful free event for the people of St. Louis. The Western Spirit Balloon team participated in the Glow on Friday evening. We were told that the organizers expected 500,000 people for the two day event and we do not think that they were short sighted! WOW! Randy and Fiona Wood were kind enough to share their crew with us. Dave Spellmeyer and his family were also great help and we enjoyed having them as...

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Sep 12, 2012 - AUNTIE EM!!!

9/11 A little more on St. Louis. We went on a city tour today. Sorry, just a few pictures. The tour was 1.5 hours, but only one stop where I could take a picture. We must say we would move to St. Louis in a heartbeat for several reasons. One, it is a clean clean clean city. You just don’t see dirt or garbage anywhere. It is a beautiful city; there were thousands of hanging baskets, parks and gardens everywhere. Park use is encouraged. As our guide said, you do not see a “keep off the grass” sign anywhere, and even a “no dogs allowed” sign...

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Sep 10, 2012 - St. Louis Arch

First let me apologize for all the pictures of the Arch. We’re in St. Louis now. Love it this town. It’s a nice size town, population a little over 300,000, but it has a small town feel. There is a lot of history here related to the expansion of the west. We toured the Arch today, it is amazing. At 630 ft. it is the tallest National monument. It starts at 54’ at the base and tapers to 17’ at the top. In the visitors center there are brick wall sculptures that are incredible. As it was explained to us, the artist starts with bricks that are...

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Sep 5, 2012 - Salem, Illinois to Saint Charles, Missouri

Sorry, but I've just spent the last hour and a half working on this entry to find out that I don't have an entry...I'm too tired AND frustrated to deal with it anymore tonight. AND it doesn't want to take my location!!! We are in Saint Charles, a west suburb of St. Louis, Missouri OK, since that was yesterday, I'm going to recap: Left Salem and traveled to Gillispie, Illinois on some back roads. These roads literally went through fields of corn for miles, and miles, and miles. Was approaching the little railroad town of Coffeen, when the...

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Aug 15, 2012 - Back On the Road

We are back! Sorry for that but we were sidetracked by some of the RV problems we never resolved back home. Well, we found some help in St. Louis but it took close to a week but, just about everything is fixed and we already made it to Kansas City, Missouri. I want to keep this short since the KC Royals play tonight and we are going to try to make the game. Interestingly, I actually visited this city in about 1986 and went to a ballgame back then that is neat. Well, we left Memphis and that part of the Mississippi River on the 9th of...

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