Today’s planned adventure:
St. Louis, Missouri
Early to bed, early to rise, works out great when there’s a long drive ahead and not as helpful if the first scheduled activity starts at 10ish.
I eased into my day, eventually strolling over to the Arch, through the really pretty grounds, and arriving 10 minutes before they opened.
I got my Tram pass swapped from 10:30 to 9:10, among the first “up” for the day.
For those who haven’t tried it, the elevator up into the Arch is a small circular pod with 5 seats and small glass windows that let one watch the gears and stairs go by as you ascend. There are 8 pods that travel up together. I was alone in my pod/elevator, but it was still pretty small even with 4 empty seats. Full, it would have been cramped. The window, which might or might not offer any consolation to a claustrophobe, was actually the worst of it for me: The pod felt safe and enclosed but the window emphasized that I was going UP.
At the top, there’s a hallway with outlook points along it. Small rectangular windows offer a view out over the city or the river… If you are willing to lean out on the overhangs to get a look. I looked, because heights are something I’ll face in pursuit of adventure, but I didn’t like it. AT ALL. I imagined I could feel the sway and creaking of steel but I might just be dramatic.
I forced myself not to be the first to ask to go back down, but I was ready. Plus, you know, there’s only so much to do up there.
Pod windows notwithstanding, “down” was easier than “up” and afterwards I checked out the Westward Expansion museum, got a coffee and some kettle corn for brunch, and waited to board my river tour.
Let me just shorthand a bit because my battery is low (charger requires vehicle) and I would hate to leave you hanging: St. Louis has a really interesting history, and still very active ports, and is a nice place to visit.
It’s also really freaking cold in St. Louis today.
Tomorrow I’m Branson bound… Once again, suggestions are welcome.