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Sep 7, 2013 - Cahokia and St Louis

Friday, September 6, 2013 (I wasn’t able to post this on Friday because the motel’s internet was down.) Today we went from the 10th Century to the 20th. We drove to Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Illinois, just on the east bank of the Mississippi, near East St Louis. There’s a huge flattop mound, 100 feet high covering about 14 acres there. It was built by a culture called the Mississipian beginning around AD 900. They were the last of a series of mound building cultures up and down the Mississippi and Ohio valleys. They lasted...

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Aug 14, 2013 - The St. Louis Area

We had an easy 3 hour freeway drive from Sedalia to St. Charles, which is a suburb of St. Louis. We've stayed here twice in the past and really enjoy this area, as it's a quiet suburb, yet an easy drive to St. Louis. Since we weren't staying long this time, we decided to spend all our time in St. Charles and not go into the city. Duke likes where we stay, as there is a park out the back gate that has the Katy Trail running through it. So there are plenty of places to walk and sniff around here and of course, that's Duke's favorite thing to...

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Aug 14, 2013 - St. Louis arches and Cardinals baseball

August 14, 2013-Our goal is Branson Missouri, but it is too far to go to in one day. In looking at our route, I noticed that St. Louis was on the way. Better yet, the Cardinals were playing a home game at Busch Stadium. As soon as I confirmed that, Susan said “St Louis and a ball game?” She knew what I was thinking. St. Louis was about 320 miles away, so it would be a good day of driving and plenty of time to make the ballgame. We found an RV park at the Casino Queen casino in East St. Louis. It was a great location—right across downtown,...

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Aug 5, 2013 - Saint Louis 2009

When we left Memphis it was a nice ride to St. Louis. We went on the west side of the Mississippi River into Arkansas . Was a little scary when we saw what was left of some buildings that were gas stations and homes. Tops of trees and roofs were ripped off from what looked like tornados. When we got to St. Louis it was so nice to see the city and its arch. We stayed directly across the Mississippi on the east banks at the nice campground at the Mississippi Queen Casino in St. Louis Illinois. It was an easy ride back over the bridge to St....

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Aug 3, 2013 - Gateway to the West

Woke up early after staying in an awesome hotel in St. Louis for $70. Thanks again Hotwire. Too exhausted to explore St. Louis in the way we probably should have, but we did manage to go to the Arch and go in the Arch. Glad I did it, but I won't do it again. Very cool view, but really high up and the ride to the top is less than ideal. Got to see the Mississippi, but no time to waste. Eight hours in the car today at least.

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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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Trip Journal

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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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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