|Sky changed from bright blue to dark gray in a matter of moments!|
We stopped for a brief period in Springfield, IL to visit the burial place of President Lincoln. This is when the sky first started changing. You can see that there is beautiful blue sky peaking through. The sky changed from clear blue to dark black in a matter of minutes. We didn't linger long at the President's grave.
|Stopped just briefly to grab this photo with the President. You think people like to rub his nose?|
Next we headed to the boarder of Illinois and Missouri. We stayed on the Illinois side. We arrived pretty late at night so, our adventures in St. Louis began the next morning.
|The Basilica Cathedral in St. Louis was stunning!|
|They have the 2nd largest collection of mosaics in America.|
|This is one of only a few bronze casts of the Pieta made during WWII to preserve the art in case of attack or confiscation.|
|St. Louis Arch -- Gateway to the West.|
We decided that we would take Eddie to the top, too. Little did we realize how cramped and unrealistic this would be. The car you travel to the top of the arch in is pod-like -- round and very confined. It wasn't easy for Lyle to get Eddie in through the hobbit hole entrance of the 5-seater pod, especially considering his lack of flexibility with the spinal fusion and rods. But, Eddie's a trooper, and he managed to adjust himself just so in order to get in.
Claustrophobic is just not descriptive enough for the conditions inside this pod. If you didn't know the people you were riding with up to the top, by the time you got there, you were almost family -- that's how close you are. And, there is a window in the pod; that should be a good thing, right? It shows you solid wall, beams and cables. I just tried to keep looking at my children, and hoped for the best.
|Annie & Meggie peering out the tiny windows at the top of the Arch|
|View from the little window|
Funny thing -- the ride up takes 4 min.; the ride down takes 3 min. That one minute difference made me nervous. I wanted out. And, I wasn't alone!
Next came the "Rusty River Ride". It wasn't called that but, we all nicknamed it that after the trip. There wasn't much to look at that wasn't rusty along that stretch of the Mississippi River. The chance to sit down and enjoy the breeze was welcomed, though.
|Girls on the Riverboat|
|The walk back to the car was time for bonding. It looks like dragging, but they were actually laughing and having a good time.|
I guess this is as good a reason as any to look into getting a new camera. I do have a birthday coming up!!
Hope you enjoyed the journey, as far as I could take you, in pictures. I can't wait for the next big outing to do another photo chronicle. Until that time, the family has decided that vacation next year is New England. I can't wait!