Friday, September 2, 2011

Saint Louis, Missouri

Over summer, my mom and I drove to Saint Louis, MO with Maddie to visit my dad.  As you may or may not know, he has been working in Saint Louis for part of the week, and is home for the other part of the week.  The weekend we chose to drive out there, was incredibly hot and humid, sort of gross.  Nonetheless, we did all the usual touristy, fun things.  Bringing Maddie Beagle complicated the vacation a bit, since she isn't allowed inside most places, but I think she still had fun.

Gooey Butter Cake
Yellow Watermelon at Soulard Farmers' Market
We really enjoyed the Soulard Farmers' Market.  They sell all the usual fruits and vegetables.  At the market, we came across the "Gooey Butter Cake".  The vendor explained to us that this cake is one of the signature items of Saint Louis.

Since the pooch came with us, and we needed outdoor activities, we went to the pool at the hotel.  Maddie wasn't allowed in the water, which was okay since she is scared of water anyways.  We're not sure if she knows how to swim, and she'll probably never get close enough to the water for us to find out.  She does love to sunbathe though, so we soaked a towel for her, and let her lay out on the pool deck.  It was so nice to just relax and get some sun.  Who would have thought that swimming in the Midwest could be so sunny and fun?

Forest Park at Sunset

In the evening, we went to Forest Park.  Forest Park is a great outdoor park to explore.  It's better to go there during the day than the night, but we ran out of daylight and decided to go anyways.  There were tons of bridges over rivers and nice walkways.

The following day, we went to the Laumeier Sculpture Park, which conveniently had an interactive exhibit of scented sculptures for dogs.  So Maddie did her beagle thing, and we enjoyed looking at the artistry of the sculptures.  Fortunately, many of the sculptures were in the forest preserve, where there was shade from the trees, making it about 10 degrees cooler.  There was a sculpture of a gigantic eye ball that we thought was pretty sweet.

Look familiar?  In case you were curious, Panera Bread started in Saint Louis, MO, under the name "Saint Louis Bread Co." The restaurant pictured here is in the Saint Louis Galleria Mall.
I look like a giant.
Of course, since we were in Saint Louis, we stopped at the arch quickly.  It's official name is the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, because it is supposed to reflect the westward expansion in the 1900s.  I didn't go up inside the arch.  My mom dropped me off at it so I could take a few photos, then she drove around the block, picked me up, and we continued on our way home.
Saint Louis Arch
"Jefferson National Expansion Memorial"

Midwest road trip...I assume this is what "amber waves of grain" refers to
On the way home, we saw a few notable street signs:

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