Rest Stop - St. Louis

Trip Start Sep 08, 2005
Trip End Sep 25, 2005

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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Time out for a family visit, a home cooked meal, and a comfy bed in a quiet room. No ice vending machines, screaming children (and their parents) in the hallway, or 18-wheelers downshifting as they go by.
We visited St. Louis' famous arch, designed by Eero Saarinen to echo the arches on the nearby 19th century Eads bridge, an engineering feat in its own time. We rode in a tiny(!) tram car up the arch to overlook the City and riverfront--a journey for neither the claustrophobic (Winkie) or acrophobic (Cousin Ann), but we challenged our fears. Then we rewarded ourselves with a good lunch in the restored waterfront district - outside and on the ground.
Later we visited historic St. Charles, Missouri's first capital. Lewis & Clark and Daniel Boone were all over this place. We strolled down its preserved riverfront area, which is an eclectic and pleasing mix of 18th and 19th century architecture, with a few fill-in modern buildings that blend with the old. North of St. Charles, the county is busily filling in the floodplain that was completely inundated in 1993 with new housing and commercial development, hoping, I suppose, for additional FEMA monies when the inevitable waters rise.
We ended the day with a family dinner in a local microbrewery, and got to meet Cousin Ann's daughters, Jennifer and Melissa, and Melissa's son, Alex. Jennifer is the assistant brewmaster at the restaurant, and we got an early taste of their Octoberfest brew and a satisfying pub meal.
Tomorrow maybe a few more local sights, and then begin our blitz through the Plains to the Colorado Rockies.
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