Did the Arch

Trip Start Aug 01, 2009
Trip End Sep 14, 2009

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

We packed up and left this morning around 10:00. It poured during the night, but cleared up in the morning. All the people in tents got soaked, fortunately we stayed dry in our little pop upJ. A really neat scene on the way out from West Virginia was one of an old shed surrounded by pastures and high hills. There were black and brown cattle on top of one of the very steep hills. For lunch we ate at Kentucky Fried Chicken (while in Kentucky). We are now on our way again to see the Arch in Missouri. Amber

Last night we stayed at a little camp ground on the west side of West Virginia. Thanks to the GPS we found ourselves back an old one lane road going to a camp ground that we new nothing about. Fortunately we found the campground without too much trouble. The campground was next to a lake and had a few smaller streams. Because it had been raining an unusual amount lately the lake was very high and muddy. We got a campsite close to the lake, and at the same time close to the bathrooms.  After picking our spot, we popped up the pop-up and ate dinner inside it. We had burgers and noodle soup. After dinner we tried to connect to the internet, with no avail and then went to bed. During the night it started raining again, and woke some of us up for a while. When we woke in the morning our campsite was just a puddle of mud. Eager to put the Pop-up down before it started raining again Dad got up and started drying the outside while us kids slept a little longer. While he was doing that some random guy in his late sixties pulls up in a car and started talking to dad about politics. I overheard some of the conversation and he was basically saying that under the Democrats freight would be moved from trucks to rails, and the steel industry would start picking up. Other than that he also talked about how he would be dead by the time the democrats were out of power, and sharing his part in the whole industry problem.  After about fifteen minutes of following dad around the trailer he started repeating himself and dad told him he had to eat breakfast. So the man said goodbye, went to his mini van, and drove away. Following that interesting experience we ate breakfast packed up and left the campground. On the way out we saw old farms and houses on steep grassy hills and little lawns. Before long we entered Kentucky. Because none of us kids had ever eaten KFC's and we were in Kentucky,  it was the perfect place to eat lunch! We got a bucket of the original fried chicken.  After we ate and started traveling again we entered horse country. We passed acre after acre of green fenced fields, huge sheds, and many horses. We even saw a practice track for horse racing. It is two twenty five now and we just passed through New Albany and crossed the Ohio River. On the river there were several barges, tub boats, and an old fashioned steam boat. Over the river there were several old rail bridges for freight trains. One of the most noticeable things about the area is the industry. There are huge steal factories, refineries, and power plants. Currently we are still driving in Kentucky looking for a rest station!  Marshall
I must have a sign on my forehead "I am game for strange conversations" Drove about 400 miles past two days.
Justin the GPS is great, can't believe this thing, makes it so easy I almost feel I have to give up my man card:)

Letting the kids who feel like blogging do so, so pardon the repitition.
We arrived at St. Louis around 6:00p.m. There were lots of festivities, concession stands, and a concert going on right under the Arch. Supposedly they have concerts there every weekend. We were able to find parking really close to the Arch right along the Mississippi. We went up and got in line to go into the arch. Once we got inside, we walked through the museum until 7:15 when we could get in another line to get in the shuttle elevators that took us to the top. They were really small, and could sit five people. I was worried that I would get claustrophobic, but didn’t luckily. When we got to the top it was amazing! There were twenty-six small windows that you could look out of. At first when you would lean over to look out one, it felt like the whole building was going to fall over!!Freaky! The view was great!! As you can see in the pictures you could see pretty much the whole city. Underneath the tower was a sea of color from all the people who were packed on the lawn to see the concert. When we went back down and got back outside, we listened to the concert a little bit. It was a Christian band, but they were the kind of the loud, crazy, screaming type of band. It was pretty lame. Then we headed out to our camp ground a couple of hours away. It was pretty nice, had a really weird name though, Jellystone Camp ground. Wonder who came up with that name.

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iat on

Yogi bear park (hey boo boo):), space shuttle looking chairs that take you to the arch and Kentucky fried chicken in Kentucky, good stuff! :-D Praying you don't run into any more problems with the van. Looks like you're having a blast. Great pictures! Hugs from E, Me and Tytus

blaineyblue on

Hi Guys
Hi guys, sounds like you're having a good time. Marshall, I agree that was a very interesting encounter with a sixty year old. I'm actually pretty surprised you didn't start talking to him about politics too.:) The arch sounded fun. I still remember sitting in those little pod thingies to get up the arch. How many sets of pods did you need? Like three I guess, if three people sit in each. We just got back from camp today. The second week was ok, we missed you a lot. We played with Bart some, Dan, and just sat around some of the time. Hope you're having a fun time!!!


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