This post is going to rely on the old adage: "A picture is worth 1,000 words."
Less narration, more phtoto highlights of the second half of the St. Louis trip:
|Walking on the train tracks by the river behind St. Charles Historic District.|
|Me and my little Beastie with downtown STL.|
|The Arch is REALLY tall.|
No, we did NOT go up there.
|Saw this all over downtown. I kept thinking, "Monsters, Inc!"|
|Oh, such creative marketing :P. The best "in the whole wide world."|
Did make for a good stop while....
|....Jeff's cousin took Beastie 1 to the Wax Museum|
|Insert "Pretty Woman" theme song....|
|Even with my dairy allergy I totally indulged here. |
150 people standing in the parking lot at like 10:00 at night can't be wrong.
|At the zoo...which is the Beastie?|
|An inordinate fondness for beetles...|
|Oh, the implications when both Kat is me and Me is me....|
|Does this really need a caption?|
My husband is the awesomest.
I'm kinda breaking my own rule here. THIS needs explaining. After the flat tire, we pulled into the nearest town. A tiny place (population under 14,000) called Jackson, MO.
This gas station was the cleanest I have EVER seen.
The bathrooms had granite counter tops and granite tile. The mirrors were all decorative. It was like going into the restroom at a nice restaurant. No joke. I know--why the big fuss? Well, a two-day drive up, a two-day drive back...lots of stops at fast food places and such to use the restroom...this was a little slice of heaven :P.
When I came out, I noticed a rack of books. NOT the typical Nickolas Sparks or whatever you'd expect to see in a gas station. Nope, books like these:
Yeah, YA spec-fic. So I bought these. (There were plenty others, too!)
Not that either of those titles ended up all that great, but it was like, wow, I'm in the middle of nowhere, in a clean gas station, with YA spec-fic books for sale at $3.99 each....am I being punk'd?
And....that brings us to the second day driving, mostly through Alabama to avoid the state in which I shall never live. Lovely rolling hills and lots of green, and lots of heavy rain. But we are safely home, and days later I'm sorta recovered :).