Gateway Arch (June 18th, the date is incorrect)

Trip Start Jun 17, 2009
Trip End Jul 24, 2009

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Friday, June 19, 2009

News from Debbie:

We were up early and caught the first ride to the top of the Gateway Arch.  It was really cool.  It was like entering a spaceship.  We rode to the top with another family and found out they were from DC.  Once you get to the top, the view is awesome.  You can see St. Louis and the Mississippi River.  We also visited the Museum of Westward Expansion.  The exhibits followed the additions of land and states to the US.  We also saw the covered wagon many settlers rode to the west in.  They had to fit there entire household in the back of the wagon.  No air conditioning and no shocks.  I can't imagine how long it would have taken to get anywhere.

After the visit, we made our way to I-70W for the trip through Missouri and into Kansas.  The traffic was a lot heavier today and we didn't make as good of time.  We saw more farms and a ranch for buffalo but not the actual buffalo.  Maybe tomorrow.

Since it was a long day yesterday, we decided to call it a day earlier and have stopped in Manhattan (The Little Apple), Kansas.  

Enjoy the pictures.  

To everyone that has sent us notes, thank you so much.  It's great to hear from you!

News from Sara:

Mom made me set the alarm for 5:30 this morning so we could be downstairs as soon as they started serving breakfast. Not all that great, but at least we got waffles. :). We left the hotel around 7:30 and drove up to the arch. We made it just in time for the first ride which was cool. Mom says it was like a spaceship, I thought it was more like a dryer. Claustrophobic people be warned: this is not a good tourist destination for you! After we left there we got back on the highway... again. I slept alot... again. :) It felt like it took us forever today, and we didn't even make it 400 miles, but it was nice to stop early and get a chance to relax. House is on! :) Kansas is definitely an interesting state. Kind of reminds me of VA just... slightly less inhabited. :). We're off to Denver tomorrow, hopefully it'll be a better day for driving!

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