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Aug 8, 2012 - Casino Queen RV Park -- E. St Louis, MO

I spent one night at the Casino Queen RV Park in E. St Louis, MO. They have a shuttle which will take you from the campground to the casino and then bring you back to the campground. I lost $2 on the slots and had a nice buffett dinner while I was there. Some casinos do not charge to park an RV but the Casino Queen does.

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Aug 8, 2012 - St. Louis

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...

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Aug 5, 2012 - Gateway to the West

We are officially in uncharted territory! Lewis and Clark crossed the Mississippi River and Missouri state line in the late evening. We drove straight into a brutal thunderstorm but found refuge just south of St. Louis (although we plan on visiting it this morning). Our next leg will take us on our way through the plains, commencing this evening in Oklahoma City. Lewis and Clark are meeting many different people from many different walks of life, which is very enlightening!

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Lewis and Clark 2012

Jul 29, 2012 - Day 12: To the top of the arch!

We left Corydon, IN at 10:15 am to drive to St. Louis. It was about a 5 hour trip. We finished reading "Stormy" and it was a good book. We also finished listening to the Gingerbread murder mystery CD. It took a while to get to the point, but it was good. I kind of saw it coming for who it was going to be. I saw the arch before we got to St. Louis--it was huge! We got to our campground about 3pm. The campground is right in the middle of St. Louis. It's bigger than last night's and it had a bigger pool but it's basically a parking lot. Our...

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Jul 27, 2012 - De Cahokia à l’Arche de St-Louis, à la découverte de la culture du Mississippi

Petit-déjeuner chaotique au Best Western (attention au déversement de Fruit Loops avec tous les enfants qui courent partout), puis départ pour le site (pré) historique des Cahokia Mounds. Un site unique au nord du Mexique par son envergure et par les connaissances dérivées des fouilles archéologiques qui y ont été faites. Les vestiges d'une cité bâtie par une civilisation avancée en agriculture, astronomie et économie est enfouie sous la prairie du Mississippi. Les "Mississipiens" ont influencé la culture sur le territoire des Grands Lac,...

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Jul 26, 2012 - Route 66 vers St-Louis

Nous prenons possession de notre voiture de location Hertz ce matin pour notre « road trip » vers St-Louis par la Route 66. CAA nous a préparé un beau TripTik et avec le rabais et les points accumulés sur la carte Visa de Caroline, la location sera d’environ 2.50$. Yé ! Nous avons une Nissan Centra argent. Le ciel est maussade aujourd’hui et il pleut un peu. Notre premier arrêt officiel sur la Route 66 est le Lou Mitchell. Un « dinner » très 1950 et rempli à craquer qui a fait l’objet d’une chronique dans l’émission du célèbre chef Guy...

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Jul 10, 2012 - Scott AFB & Nauvoo, Illinois

We arrived at the FamCamp in Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, right in the middle of a huge heat wave. Every day it seemed another “record” (usually from the 1930’s) was broken. Today it was 108 degrees so I believe them. The FamCamp is located in the wooded part of the base with a couple of lakes. We take walks early in the morning, when the temperature is in the high 70’s or low 80’s and the breeze and smells of grass and flowers are very enjoyable. Just 3 or 4 hours later we, and the rest of the local population, head to whatever area...

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2012 Travels

Jun 27, 2012 - On our Way!

We got on the road around 10:30 am. Once we got on the highway, Paul was pretty disappointed that he didn't have stop lights to see and tell us if they are green or red. We stopped in Lincoln, IL for gas, which was $3.25 (a lot cheaper than home). While stopped, we discovered the big pitcher of drinking water in the back was completely empty and much of the things around the pitcher were wet. The lid was not fully tightened, so when we drove down the road it must have tipped over and lost all the water. The good thing is, most of what got...

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Jun 26, 2012 - Nashville, TN to St. Louis, MO

We begrudgingly left our lakeside paradise for more adventure – St. Louis. We arrived in a record heat wave! So, our “Niece Tour” begins. My sister’s oldest daughter, Krista, just moved to St. Louis and she joined us for 2 nights at Babler State Park. We talked, ate, played games, hugged, hiked, shopped as much as we could in 2 days. Bonnie attached herself to Krista as soon as she arrived. We didn’t want to leave her, but knew she had much to do as she is working on her thesis to complete her Masters in Biology and job searching. Isn’t she...

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Jun 16, 2012 - The Westward Expansion

After our wonderful night's sleep at the rest area we quickly "cleaned up" (term used loosely) in the rest rooms and heading off in search of breakfast at our favorite roadtrip spot - Cracker Barrel. After driving all day through what Jason Aldean correctly refers to as "Fly Over States": Indiana and Illinois (the highlights being a Barnes and Noble in Terre Haute, Indiana on the college campus and the football stadium in Indianapolis) we reached St. Louis. We thoroughly enjoyed our two hours spent at the Arch. We toured the Museum of...

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Westward Bound

May 27, 2012 - Forest Park, St. Louis

Today we visited one of the must-see locations in St. Louis - Forest Park. WOW! Such a surprise to find a wonderful park like this in the middle of St. Louis. Forest Park was the site of the 1904 World's Fair (actually Louisiana Purchase Exposition). It celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase, which meant so much to this state and the city. Most of the buildings for the fair were torn down after the fair, but a few remain - including what is now the Art Museum. Forest Park is also home to the famous St. Louis zoo,...

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May 27, 2012 - St. Louis - Gateway to the West

Saturday May 26, 2012 I’m sure you recall the NASCAR skidding incident with Toad the other day. Well that skid put a flat spot on a tire that is affecting Toad’s drivability. In honor of the Indy 500 we decided we needed a pit stop; our pit crew was in an Evansville, Indiana Sears Automotive Center. Unlike a NASCAR or Indy pit stop, this one took us about 25 miles off our intended route and added about 3 hours to our driving time on the way to St. Louis. While Cindy did a trip through Sears, I moved LUCY into a shady spot next to the...

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