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We awoke to foggy, damp, deary conditions yet again. By the time we finished breakfast (enjoying the deer in the back yard) and headed out, the fog was still heavy. Our first stop was going to the be the Old Courthouse located at the base of the Gateway Arch. Remember the view from the Arch yesterday? It was a good thing we visited the Arch the day …
... it is not the way we do it in the USA.
When we didn't get what we wanted, we wandered to several other stores that our local guide, Gaston, said were good. We entered a small jeweler, Manu Lizarralde, where we bought a raw amethyst necklace. Very unusual. Very pretty. Semi-precious.
Argentina is known for its rodochrosite, a pink stone mined only in Argentina. Many folks bought earrings, pendants, etc.; the high-end clear pink stones should ...
We drove to the Arch this morning. We had no idea how huge that sucker is! 630 feet! That's taller than the Space Needle! You have to go up 90 steps, sit in a tin can to ride up into the top, where you can look out over the city and the Mississippi River. Three problems, no four...
1) We have the dogs with us
2) We are both afraid of heights
3) My knees are not in good shape and 90 steps would kill them
4) That sucker sways ...
The Gateway Arch also known as the gateway to the west is another American iconic landmark. I've been here several times on my layovers, and it's still one of my favorite places to visit.
I've often wondered why they chose that shape and its true purpose. Some conspiracy theorists say they built it in stainless steel structure so it can produce an ionic pulse, ...
... wilderness... I have a movie of the camp site somewhere.. I will post it at a later date... I had four different sleeping arrangements at hand..at once of course it was much to much sun on the tent in the earlier part of the day.. it got a good airing.. and of course as it cooled off in the evenings well crawling into the 7'x7' palace and bug free zone had a good feel to it.. the sprawl...inside my fabric kingdom, on ...