Trip Start Jun 09, 2012
9Trip End Jun 14, 2012
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Where I stayed
The hall we are using as our bedroom is the only air
conditioned place at The Rock. On Sunday
mornings, it is also a place of worship for a new mission church. So after breakfast where we ate as a
community, the team stacked the air mattresses (and restacked them as the pile
reaching nearly to the ceiling came tumbling down) and brought in the pulpit –
we turned the dormitory into a church.
The Illinois kids went to St.
for worship, and the Florida team went to see the penguins, gorillas, bears,
prairie dogs, camels, zebras, giraffes, swimming hippos, and birds at the world
famous St. Louis Zoo…seemed like they had an animal from every place on the
planet. It was like a BIG ark. Yesterday Pastor Randy asked us what Noah’s
wife’s name was. No one knew, do you? Please enter your answers on this blog…thanks!
A trip of “firsts” for some – flying, adding the state of
Illinois to places visited, sights of St. Louis, worshipping on Saturday
evening – provided new adventures.
Last year on our day of celebrating relationships in St
Louis, we hoped to go to the Zoo. Poor
planning, however, and the heat of the day made us give up on that
adventure. The cool of the morning today
made the visit much more enjoyable.
After lunch back at The Rock, we briefly greeted Steve
Rockey and said goodbye to Rachel as they were off to Valparaiso for her campus
orientation, and the Florida team was off to the Mississippi riverfront for a
one-hour tour on Huckleberry Finn’s best friend’s riverboat, the Tom Sawyer, and
saw tug boats pushing coal barges; the new I-70 bridge 400’ tall pillars – it’s
slated to open in 2014; the statue of Lewis and Clark’s Newfoundland dog, Seaman,
and Lewis and Clark (we didn’t even know they had a dog); the flood wall; and a
really spectacular view of the old courthouse, famous for the Dred Scott Case,
framed by the Gateway Arch; and a 1.5 hour visit to the Gateway of Westward
Expansion museum under the St
Did you know that the stainless steel Gateway Arch is 630
feet tall, AND 630 feet wide from the south to the north leg? One of those things where you just have to be
there, Brandon was Lois’ tour guide and pointed out facts that some people don’t
ever get to hear. Intrigued, Lois
learned to stop asking questions when, at the photo of Custer, Lois asked for
Brandon’s expertise on the subject, and he informed her: "that's Custer…he died." She had no further questions!
Heading north on Laclede’s Landing we went to the Old
Spaghetti Factory for dinner…another of the day’s opportunities to give away
hand-made cross necklaces
bellies were full, and then they served the spumoni which came with the meal…and
spumoni brought a giant smile to Jan Poch’s face!
Doug wore his Met’s shirt and caused the Cards to lose to
the Indians – all the St. Louis fans in the restaurant were VERY quiet.
Back at The Rock, we enjoyed an informal evening of kids
intermingling in their different activities – inside the bldg. and out,
including piano practice outside our bedroom door, book reading, journal
writing, chatting, cross necklace making (Pastor Rockey taught Lois how to macramé)
and blog writing. Amen. (Aren’t you proud of us, Rachel?!)
The St. Louis Crew