Thursday, June 14, 2007
St. Louie trip
There’s not much sadder than coming home from a delightful, too short, vacation.
We took a “girl” trip last week — my daughter and my granddaughters and I went first to my sister’s house in Aniston, Mo. and from there on to sister Rahe’s house in Cape Gireaudau and then on to St. Louis to meet Rahe’s two daughters and two granddaughters.
My sister Jackie is a bit older than I — she’s 80. Rahe is 69. Dana is almost 36, I’m, well, never mind that, and Lorie and Amy are about Dana’s age.
Rahe ’bout wore us younger folks out! And Jackie kept up with her just about step for step.
Rahe is a school teacher and often brings her gifted students on field trips to St. Louis. She was an excellent tour guide!
One of her favorite places is the Missouri Botanical Garden and after a day spent there, I can well understand that. From the youngest (age 5) to the oldest, we loved it! It was almost like a wonderland it was so beautiful.
We didn’t manage much else Friday after the garden. Most of us were blistered and bedraggled! The little ones were still going strong though.
I did learn a new domino game Friday night. We played “Mexican Train,” which requires no math skills. And it’s lots of fun. There’s not much more you can ask from a game than that!
Saturday morning we went to the Arch. But that’s an entire column in itself and I’ll save it for next week.
After the Arch, which is fantastic, we went to Grant’s Farm. Apparently, the Civil War didn’t make as big an impact on St. Louis as it did here in the South. Looking through Grant’s home, which is a historical site, the Civil War was almost a ‘sound bite,” sized section. His entire miliary career, beginning at West Point, skimming the “War” and the joining of Grant’s Farm and the Busch family was much more prominent.
The actual farm itself is worth an entire day. Unfortunately, we only had a piece of a day.
We took the tram around the farm and came eyeball to eyeball with some really exotic animals. It’s very exciting to stare into the eyes of a buffalo and a Texas longhorn.
And there are goats, sheep, zebras and a vast assortment of deer species, as well as the animals in the petting zoo — camels being the most intimidating.
It was great fun watching and listening to the peacocks — unfortunately, my granddaughters are now going around imitating them.
Lorie works in St. Louis and lived there for several years, so she knew exactly how to get us to a yarn store for Dana. Lorie is multi-talented — she crochets and quilts.
Saturday morning, she gave us exact directions as to where a wonderful quilt shop was.
St. Louis is perhaps twice the size of Memphis, Tenn. and our two days there weren’t nearly enough. A return trip is a must!
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