wildlife wildflowers and waterfalls: St Louis April 2007

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St Louis April 2007

Saturday, April 14, 2007

We are in downtown St Louis as I write this. We decided to slip away for a Roadtrek trip. On the way we stopped by Columbia, Missouri, to visit Amy Kay, Sebastian, and Dane. Amy Kay is Associate Minister at the First Christian Church and our niece.. We enjoyed our visit and tour of her historical church. We learned that a minister of the church was fired in the in the mid 1800s for advocating slavery. The church is celebrating their 175th anniversary this year. Dane is the girls basketball coach for Stephen's College in Columbia. He could not eat with us as he just signed a exciting recruit for his team. We drove by the college on the way out of town. It is a beautiful campus, although overshadowed by MU in Columbia.

From there we visited the grand opening of the St Louis Cabala's. For the record, the Kansas City store is better.

I made reservation at a camp ground located in the downtown area. We didn't know what to expect, but what a pleasant surprise. It is indeed a campground right in downtown St Louis. We can see the arch and downtown skyline. The couple in charge said the campground (actually more like a parking lot) is patterned after one located in San Francisco. There are many museums, a zoo and botanical garden close by. We are here to visit the "acres of guns" at the National Rifle Association convention. We had hoped to visit the zoo, but it is raining as I write. Keep tuned.

For those familiar with St Louis this is at the corner of 23rd and Martin Luther King Drive which is where the St Louis RV Park is located. When we checked in, we were told twenty years ago we would not have wanted to be at this location. St Louis has worked hard on urban renewal. If you look near the light pole behind Dan you will see the Arch. Perhaps that will give those familiar with the city an idea of where we are located.

We decided to stay another night here. I had hoped to take the Metro from the convention center to several locations nearby. The weather was discouraging. It has been windy, rainy and downright cold here. The nightly fee for the RV Park is $25 which might seem a bit high, but it includes electricity and free WiFi. For where it is located, we felt it was a good deal. Especially since we walked out to the street and paid a mere $3.50 for short ride on the bus to the convention site. We probably saved the price of our RV lot rental on the parking fees as we heard $20 just to park near the convention hall.

Actually, I found the NRA convention interesting. It was a wonderful place to people watch. I am not a hunter, but I do find guns to be quite beautiful. Many are almost pieces of art. It is obvious people have taken a lot of pride in their firearms down through the ages.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

We went to the Botanical Garden today instead of the zoo. It was beautiful despite some frost damage. I would like to see it again in two to three weeks.

To our the garden had numerous statuary covered with burlap. All of them sat on top of tree stumps. At first we thought they had cut down all the trees, then noticed some of the stumps were upside down. We were told there will be an unvailing the last weekend of April. We were mighty curious. I am sure they are well done.

The Garden is a "must see" in St. Louis. We both agreed we will return.

True to form, on the way home we stopped by Sugar Creek winery. We had to "eat and run" but could have stayed longer. There was live music and good wine.

Our goal was to get home by 7:00 pm. We made it, barely.

Pictures taken last weekend in St. Louis. Click on the picture and then "slideshow" if you wish to view them.

St. Louis slide show

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