Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Summer Vacation 2011 - Part 1

We just got back from 9 days in Missouri and Illinois.  Josh had a Botany conference in St. Louis which gave us an excuse to goof off a little and also visit some of his family.  About a week before we left, my mom decided to join us!  We already had camping sites reserved for the whole trip, so she agreed to sleep in a tent for the first time in nearly 40 years.  What a trooper!  She was an excellent navigator in the car, and it was fun to have an extra person along.  Another benefit of having Mom along was that we actually have pictures of both of us together on this trip.  That rarely happens.  I'll break up our trip into a few posts since there are so many pictures.
Day 1:  Drive to Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, set up camp, go to bed
Our campsite- very peaceful

Me and Josh at the campsite
Day 2:  Missouri Botanical Garden - $8 for all 3 of us since Josh got in free with the conference and we had a BOGO coupon!
St. Louis Cardinals game - free hotdog and drink with our seats saved us nearly $30
Pizza at Imo's - had to try St. Louis style pizza.  It was pretty good!
Trip up the Arch - Josh and I had been before, so I took Mom up while Josh went to the conference
Botanical Garden
Botanical Garden
Botanical Garden
Busch Stadium
Another picture of both of us- it was very hot this day, but our seats were in the shade.
Pujols came back early from being injured, so we got to see him play!
Pujols batting
Little kids got to run the bases after the game
Notice the arch is mowed into the field- I loved that!
By the way, Cardinals won 4 to 2!

The Gateway Arch
Mom and the arch- had to use panoramic to get it all in one shot, not perfect but ok.
The itty, bitty pod that you cram into to ride to the top of the arch
Looking west from the top- the sun was setting so there was a lot of glare on the windows
Looking east from the top
At the top!
Ok- that's enough for one day.  I plan on putting all of our pictures on our Flickr page, so check there if you want to see more as we go along.  This link should take you to the pictures for this trip- I'll update it as I post about each day.

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