In 1992 or 93, our HS band was asked to play in Washington DC. On the way, one of the buses broke down (of course) in St. Louis. They left us at the St. Louis Arch, which was way grungier then it looks today, and they wouldn't let me ride to the top. "The bus could come back at any minute." Yea, like five hours later. So my one true goal for our trip to St. Louis this time was to get to the top of that arch. It was the first thing we did and it was oh so scary, but really great.
Over all, the entire trip was super. I'm still reeling from it all. I had no idea that St. Louis was such a great place with so much to see and do. We tried to cram as much in as we could, but it was impossible. You could spend a week alone just seeing and doing every thing at Forest Park, which is free by the way. That's right. FREE. The zoo, art museum, history museum and science center. All free.
One of the best things was getting to introduce my mom and sister to Trader Joe's. They finally get what Chris and I have been harping about all this time. But other then Trader Joe's, I was astounded with the Farmer's markets available to the people of St. Louis. I drove to St. Louis to grocery shop. I was just truly impressed with the availability of fresh vegetables and public transportation and the sheer green lushness of the city. Definitely worth a second or third trip back.
I've put together some of my favorite pictures from the weekend, but you can see them all here. Enjoy!