What a beautiful start to our stay in St Louis. The sky is crystal clear and apparently it’s a heat wave at 60 degrees. That is funny because it’s in the 30’s back in Houston. Who knew I had to go north to find warm weather! We got started by sleeping in to the late hour of 8:30. Such luxury is not found in our house anymore what with work, baby, devotion time, baby, school, baby, and did I mention the baby? Someone asked us what we were doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day and we just laughed. Just being together in a hotel far away from kids and home is celebration enough. That and the sleep we are getting. It’s sad and you know you are getting into the second half of your life when you are in bed by 9 while on vacation.
We were able to watch Pastor Kerry at our home church Fellowship of the Woodlands back home. I am constantly amazed at how technology has truly changed our lives. I hated missing the messages from Pastor Kerry whenever we were away from home. I always felt like my Sunday just wasn’t the same when I couldn’t take part in the praise and worship singing time. Now, with just a click of the mouse I am transported hundreds of miles away back home to church. It’s like being there in the building. And just this Sunday they announced that I can now get services on my Iphone. Isn’t that crazy? Watching church on your phone! If you had told me when I was a child that one day I would be going to church by phone I would have thought you had lost your mind. Now it seems like a Sabbath day because it starts off the right way.
After church, we headed down to The Rooster www.roosterstl.com for breakfast. As you know, sweetheart and I loathe chain restaurants so we use Yelp www.yelp.com to find places to eat that are loved by the locals.
Most of the time it works out very well, although on occasion we have been led astray. Not this time. What an feast we had. We knew it was a great place when the line was out the door. But coffee in nice thick glass mugs kept us warm and happy while we waited. I don’t know what type of coffee it was but mmmmmmm. How yummy it was. Of course, I wave coffee over my sugar and cream but still. You just can’t go wrong when you have the right coffee in your hand. Once inside, the atmosphere was so much fun. Lots of laughter, great wait staff, and such cool artwork. Then you get the menu. They try to use local foods and wow! do they succeed in making the most out of what is available. I had a sausage, apple and cheese crepe and sweetheart had caramelized banana and nut french toast. Needless to say, not a tiny crumb was left on our plates. Oh my goodness were we full. Grace was our very cool waitress and we will definitely be back when we visit again.
Then it was off to walk off breakfast. It was a long walk! We checked out some very beautiful churches and some very detailed architecture on some very old buildings. One of the churches we found was Christ Church Cathedral which is a national historic landmark. What a magnificent steeple and stunning stain glass windows. They were having service so we couldn’t get any inside pictures. Next time though. It was built in 1860 and the old part is so much more stunning than the additions through the years. Isn’t that true about so many things though?We walk through the cities searching for the old stuff because it’s so much more interesting than the new stuff.
I found this very cool sculpture was on a walkway in the middle of a street. Very odd placement but very cool fountain for those of us attracted to all things dog! The water comes out of the laughing dogs mouth and goes into the fountain. I want one for my house! St Louis has a wealth of sculptures and gardens to visit. There are some cool parks that we didn’t get to. One is where the World’s Fair was in 1904. I read a little of the background of the fair which was to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Louisianna Purchase. The new inventions alone at World’s Fair’s were staggering. Waffle Cones, Ferris Wheels, Iced Tea, hot dogs, and other cool stuff all came into national prominence at these fairs.
It’s hard to see this sculpture but it’s the point on the bank where Lewis and Clark left to explore the great unknown called the West. St Louis was the starting point for their journey. The arch (which I will show you tomorrow) is the tallest man made monument in the united states. It celebrates the beginning of the
westward expansion which began here. We watched a film called the Lewis and Clark Expedition. I learned so much in that less than 30 minute film. Things I never learned in school. For instance did you know that the young Indian girl, Sacajawea, was only 16 when she left with Lewis and Clark. Sixteen and pregnant? Her son was born outside, on the journey west, with the help of Meriwether Lewis who was not a doctor. She carried him all the way to the Pacific Ocean on her back. Can you imagine one of our daughter’s carrying their child on their back almost 4000 miles, while riding in a canoe or climbing the Rocky Mountains? I laughed out loud when I thought of dearest youngest daughter carrying sweet Lyric on her back to the end of the road and back, in a rainstorm, in below zero temperatures, while dressed in animal skins, and going without food for 3 weeks. Can you even imagine? Without this brave young woman, the entire expedition would have ended several times. Read the story. It’s a fascinating journey into the way God’s Hand was guiding our nations earliest beginnings.
Before we headed back to the hotel, we took a horse drawn carriage ride along the river and up on the landing. It was very cool to see the things through a historian’s eyes. The couple who drove the carriage were very funny and turns out, he is a marine getting ready to deploy so we spent time afterward talking about the military. The river area is rundown but they are working hard to get it put back together. The horse was a very cool Percheron named Buddy Love who had his own theory about pulling a carriage. We laughed at his laziness but loved the ride. That’s two cities we have learned the history of while riding along in a carriage. Well three if you want to count the history of Disneyworld in a horse drawn carriage. Thank goodness sweetheart is very tolerant of my little girl side that still loves the romantic silliness that he so willingly provides me with.
Our day ended on a downside. We couldn’t find the restaurant that everyone suggested, the gps (which you all know I can’t stand) got us lost twice, and we ended up just going back to the hotel. We ventured out for dinner at a place suggested by the lady at the hotel. Suffice it to say it won’t get mentioned here as it was a seafood restaurant that had run out of tuna and scallops which were what we went for. Since we didn’t want to brave the fish we couldn’t pronounce nor did we want sushi, we opted for chicken and pork and it was barely edible. We stopped on the way home at a cold stone creamery knock off which was very good and made up for the yucky dinner. We didn’t let that discourage us and we decided that tomorrow would be a better day and we went to sleep. Well, one of us did anyway. Did you know that airplanes taking off outside a window can keep you up all night? Who knew! Pilots think the strangest things are sleep inducing!