We stayed at a downtown hotel where the staff was as friendly and helpful as could be. The accommodations were clean and comfortable, cheerful and colorful in sharp contrast to the city outside. I thought that perhaps since it was a Sunday night, we’d caught the place asleep. But Monday morning didn’t bring a whole lot more activity. We easily found our way around to the monuments and places of interest that we wanted to see before getting back on the highway to continue our trip.
Today’s route through the state of
was not nearly as scenic as yesterday’s, but that’s what you get when you travel on the interstate. It’s built for speed. The countryside would have been rather pretty, save for all the billboards. Much of the landscape was similar to western Missouri , but there were areas that were heavily wooded and dense with dark green trees, that I imagined them to be bushels upon bushels of broccoli! Kansas
Our destination today was
, primarily to see the Cardinals at play in Busch Stadium. It’s amazing how the promise of a baseball game will get a 16-year-old up and out of bed by We drove the length of the state and arrived mid-afternoon, in time to explore the downtown area of St. Louis . St. Louis
I should mention that we’ve planned our trip around hotels available using Dan’s free points for all the traveling he’s done in the past year. I felt bad that he wouldn’t benefit from all the stays, but he said it would be like a busman’s holiday to spend his vacation in a hotel for four nights in a row. So, we divvied up the points between all of the various hotel chains and had enough for one big splurge at a luxury hotel in downtown
. Our room has a view of Busch Stadium – much to my son’s delight – and is steps away from the Arch and the St. Louis – much to my delight. Emily is delighted to have found a friend to play with in the pool. So, we’re all happy. Museum of Westward Expansion
Our hotel is right smack in the middle of the picture, just across the street from the ballpark.
The Cardinals have some of the most enthusiastic fans I've ever seen. At game time, the stadium was a sea of red. I searched in vain to see if there were any other teams represented among the crowd. There were a couple of Orioles and a few Giants (the opposing team.) And I have to say, during the seventh inning stretch, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" was sung with such enthusiasm, it would have made a choir director weep. Great people, those Cards fans!
For the history buffs among you,
was once a city where dreams began. It was the gateway to the west, where thousands of Americans began their journeys to new lands in the western territories of the St. Louis . The courthouse, which is just diagonal from our hotel, is filled with ghosts of history past. It was where the initial trial for the Dred Scot case was tried. And it was around this building that wagon trains gathered to prepare their way west, loading their beds with goods and lining up for the long journey ahead. A museum dedicated to these missions is located beneath the Arch, underground. Tomorrow, we’ll spend the morning exploring this area. And then we’ll take to the road again, heading off to the United States . Land of Lincoln