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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Great American Road Trip: Day 1--St. Louis

I warned told you I was going to share some pix from our recent family vacation to Yellowstone National Park.

We actually left on Memorial Day, so The Husband and BabyD wouldn't have to miss their annual pilgrimage to the Indy 500 for Race Day. We don't mess with daddy-daughter time.

To get everyone fired-up for our trip, we decided to make the first day a (relatively!) short drive, and take in the Gateway Arch of St. Louis. That put us on the road for only four hours (which was plenty, considering we NEVER seem to leave until about lunchtime, anyway, when we go someplace--I trust this is God's way of providing opportunity for Type A Me to practice patience... but I digress...).

The girls were actually quite excited to see the Arch.

It was evening when we made it to there.
By the time we got to the top, it was after dark, which made for some fabulous views.

This is what took so long...
Like father, like daughter.
There was a LOT of this going on during our trip!

But, that's to be expected when you look at this:
Yes, that's The Husband's camera bag... all 42 lbs of it!
He didn't appreciate us making fun of it.

But, how could we resist?
That Bag had to have it's own seat ticket to ride up to the top of the Arch!!!

 Here's That Bag, riding in the little barrel elevator to the top.
Glad to report:  It wasn't afraid of the heights or tight spaces.

Now, I'm going to have to do something about getting some of the really good photos of our trip to post.
The Husband and the girls had access to the really good cameras and assorted lenses. I, however, was making do with my Itty Bitty Nikon--which I am NOT dissing, by any means, because it's compact and does a great job, fits in my pocket, and doesn't need it's own passport to travel!

Our biggest challenge in St. Louis was finding a place to park this rig.
The waterfront parking, along the Mississippi was under water.
So, we had to park by Cardinal Stadium and hoof-it, which was fine.

The big question was: If you take up three spaces in the parking lot...

How many do you have to pay for?
We only paid for one.
And we didn't get towed.
So, we were scoff-laws right from the beginning. But, that made our adventure all the more memorable!


  1. Can't wait to read your posts! Be thankful waterfront parking was flooded that is where we parked on our way home from Yellowstone and our car was broken into!

    I hope you guys had as much fun on this awesome trip as we did last summer!

  2. I bet Hannah wishes they thought of parking at the stadium! Love the camera bag and its own seat.

  3. Hopping to you from the Making Friends Monday Blog Hop! I would love for you to visit me and GFC me back at!

  4. That is one huge camera bag.

  5. That looks like a fun family vacation. Being away from your daily routine and schedules and seeing new sights ..... WOw...Love the thought of it. And you'll have all the pictures for great memories.