Butterfly extravaganza

Trip Start Nov 15, 2011
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Trip End Nov 14, 2012


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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

As a rule we generally stay away from major cities in the US but, Christine decided we just had to visit St Louis, Missouri. In Duluth, whilst doing laundry at the campsite, Christine continued a jigsaw puzzle that someone had started and left on the table.  It wasn't a regular shape jigsaw, but was shaped like a tree.  Christine looked on the Internet, hoping to be able to get something similar on our return to the UK, but without much success.  What she did discover though was the largest jigsaw puzzle warehouse in the US - in St Louis - so of course we just had to visit.  They claim to have over 10,000 jigsaws, and Christine had a hard time choosing just a few.

We also visited the St Louis Butterfly Garden.  This was absolutely brilliant, the best we have seen so far.  Though only a relatively small area, they have nearly 2,000 butterflies from all over the world - there were butterflies everywhere.  They were constantly fluttering around but many never seemed to land long enough for photos.  In particular there was the Common Blue Morpho which we used to see in South America, they are rarely still, though one did get right inside Christine's lens hood.  We stayed for about an hour, until Cliff couldn't stand the heat any longer.  You are allowed to stay as long as you like, and may go out to cool off and then go back in again; it's a great place to visit.
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Brent on

Awesome flutterbye pics!! I hope you get a chance to visit two places in the area - St. Charles (historic German riverfront town) is where I graduated from High School - it's pretty and sort of a suburb of St. Louis. Also I hope you get a chance to visit the Lake of the Ozarks area - it's truly amazing - the Truman Dam is where I used to go fishing when i was younger. Branson is also down that way, which caters to folks who like old Western stuff and is sort of an amusement area for retirees :>>

Your trip looks wonderful - you've seen so much!!

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