Sunday we loaded our covered wagon and headed west. 3 adults, 3 children, and 1 pink deer named Conquer on the open road. My sister and her daughter have joined us for the beginning leg of our journey. We drove to St. Louis with a stop at Wendy’s for lunch and some mid-afternoon playground time.
We headed right to downtown St. Louis to do the Gateway Arch. We braved the 92 degree day to walk to the arch and take a tiny, terrifying pod capsule all the way to the top. I do not like heights, and I really did not like being in a small capsule rocking back and forth as it took us up 600 feet. However, I conquered my fears and enjoyed the views from the top, especially looking toward the west–the direction we will be heading as we follow the Lewis and Clark trail over the next two weeks. The kids all loved looking out the windows at the top and didn’t seem to mind the swaying of the arch as much as the adults did.
Once we were safely back on the ground, we backtracked to O’Fallon, Illinois (a suburb of St. Louis) to have dinner with our cousins at their house. We had a great time catching up while the kids played ping pong and jumped on the trampoline. We ended the day with a quick dip in the hotel pool. 1 day down, 34 to go!