Gateway to the West….


My family laughs at my “epiphany” that though on the road for almost a year, my mind finally feels like the “real adventure” is about to commence!!! We are finally heading to areas that have been “unknown to me.” Above all, years of planning are finally coming to fruition, and it is both thrilling and daunting…

Our first stop was St. Loius.. we were pleasantly surprise not only by the diversity of both history and modern commodities. A perfect example of such which we loved is Forest Park (
* Opened in 1876
* Host of 1904 World’s Fair
* Free
* 1,300 acres
* 6th most visited U.S. urban park
* Has several Museums on its expansive Grounds


Another life-changing stop was the Gateway Arch. For many of you, that know our family. Y’all know that we are a combination of height challenged and enclosed space issues. Though I have struggled with enclosed spaces (better known as claustrophobia all my life). I truly didn’t want to miss the view from the top of this majestic monument…so with God who is bigger than my fear and a willing son to tag along. I rode the 4-minute ride to the top of the Arch in what is best described as a seat in an “escape pod” in your best SciFi movie flick. And was graced with beautiful views and added a life experience to our journey…


If you have never had a chance to stop in this beautiful monument, you may want to add it to your “bucket list,” here are some great facts about it:
Gateway Arch celebrates the diverse people who shaped the region and the country. The dreamer, Thomas Jefferson, negotiated the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, doubling the size of the United States. The explorers, Lewis & Clark and their Shoshone guide Sacagawea, scouted the new territory and mapped a route to the Pacific Ocean. The challengers, Dred, and Harriet Scott filed suit at the Old Courthouse for their freedom from slavery, and St. Louis suffragette Virginia Minor sued for women’s right to vote. The artist, architect Eero Saarinen, designed the monument that honors them all.


The Gateway Arch is 630 feet high, making it the tallest man-made monument in the United States. It is as wide as it is tall. We don’t know if it is also the widest monument. Today, up to 6,700 visitors per day take the 4-minute Tram Ride to the Top. There is also a comprehensive historical museum at the bottom of the Arch about the history of the area.

A fun little stop if you have a family was City Museum (… best way to describe this unique museum: the biggest, most “eclectic architectural” playground for both the young and young at heart…



Remember is just not the destination, but the joy of the Journey!!!

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