"Arch" ya glad we stopped in St. Louis?

Trip Start Aug 21, 2010
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Trip End Dec 31, 2010


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Friday, September 3, 2010

When we left Enid, we stayed the night in a Holiday Inn right outside St. Louis. So then, on Friday morning when we left, we drove downtown to visit the St. Louis Arch--commonly called the Gateway Arch, but officially called the "Jefferson National Expansion Memorial."

After we parked, we grabbed a bite to eat at Hannegan's, a nice soup and sandwich pub on the Riverwalk. We ate outside on this beautiful day.

Following our lunch, we walked over to the monument, and bought our tickets to the top.
We browsed some educational displays as we waited for our tram ride. Doing so, we learned that the arch design was conceived by Eero Saarinen in the context of a competition to design the memorial. He valued the simple shape of the arch, but the symbolism of it being a "gateway" was only thought of after the fact.

When it came time to board our tram car, we were a little unnerved by the small size of the capsule door. It was no more than five feet high. However, it was sadly proportionate to the inside of the tram itself. Kelsey and I, along with the two other guys in the capsule with us, felt like we were the yolk of an egg. Space, needless to say, was at a premium.

When we got to the top, we were able to view the entire city from little observation windows. the pictures came out pretty well, actually. We got our money's worth at the top of the memorial, and we took our identical tram ride down the other side.

Kind of interesting, that tram. There are eight cars, and the mechanics behind them resemble the workings of a ferris wheel, in order to keep them level even as they ascend the varying curves of the memorial. It was by no means a smooth ride, but it was an experience.

And that was all the time we had for St. Louis. Kelsey wasn't feeling well, and we had to get to Indianapolis to visit the Whitesell's.

But scratch off one more major US city, one more famous US landmark, and one more family vacation.

Pictures are attached--enjoy :)
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Lacie Vasquez on

Those little tram things to the top are insane! However, they work as a perfect debut spot for emerging musicians...everyone can hear you and they are stuck there for at least five minutes.

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