St. Louis!

Mama and I had a very nice time visiting my cousin and her family in St. Louis.  Melinda kept us on the go and we were able to do quite a few fun things.

The first day we went to a St. Charles, a cute town on the Mississippi.  It was raining that afternoon, but it didn’t stop us from shopping.  It cleared off later on and we ate dinner at a restaurant overlooking the Mississippi. 

The next day we spent the morning at a gorgeous botanical garden.  If you ever get the chance to travel to St. Louis, put the botanical garden on your “must see” list.  I could have spent an entire day or more here.


There were quite a few glass sculptures around the gardens.


The Lilies were just starting to bloom. 







We visited Grant’s Farm, home of the Busch family, in the afternoon.  Ulysses S. Grant once farmed this land.  The park is now operated by Anheuser-Busch.

We rode a tram around the park to see Grant’s farmhouse and various animals.  This had to have been a large farmhouse in the 1850’s.



Next it was on to feed the baby goats and then watch an animal show. 


The boys enjoyed a pretzel while the adults enjoyed a free beer.  Each adult could have two free samples.  The cups that you see here are the sample size.  Too bad I don’t like beer!



Our last stop at Grant’s Farm was to visit the Clydesdales.  I loved seeing these big boys!


Thursday morning we went to a butterfly house.  I’ve always wanted to do this and really enjoyed it.  The variety in the butterfly species was incredible to see.  They aren’t easy to photograph!




I couldn’t go to St. Louis and not see the arch, so see it we did on Thursday afternoon. 




The cars that take you to the top of the arch are tiny!


The view was great!


The Mississippi was really high during our visit.  There’s a parking area and steps that are underwater behind Mama, Melinda, and the boys!


This poor guy’s horse (Lewis?/Clark?) was underwater.


That night we went to a play about Huck Finn.  It was a very good play, but I must admit that I dozed through a good bit of it!!

We had an easy flight home on Friday.  Mama went home and Mr. SP and I headed to our club to watch tennis.  There’s a big tournament going on all weekend making it a night to watch tennis and socialize.

Our friend, John, played singles.  He’s a great player but he didn’t win.


Traveling wore me out!  It’s fun to go somewhere, but it’s always good to get back home again. 


  1. St. Louis is a cool city–we used to stop there every year on the way to Nebraska when our kids were little. DOTR had an old roommate who lived there, so it was perfect. I haven’t been to the top of the arch since I was in high school and I remember it so clearly because when I got into that tiny little elevator I bonked my head so hard that I saw stars and felt nauseous. Also not so fond of heights so I can still feel the tingling in the back of my legs when I looked out the windows! I think that was probably the first time I was up so high!

    Glad you had a good time…and wow, that river is high. Bad floods there not so many years ago.

  2. A friend of mine just got married last Sunday under the Arch- her pictures are gorgeous!! Glad you had fun
    xoxo Pattie

  3. You must of had a wonderful time. It looks like you saw a real variety of sites. I always enjoy trips twice-once when I go and once when I return home.

  4. You have some great photos, Paula! The ones you took of the arch are fabulous. 🙂 So glad you enjoyed the trip!!

  5. I love Botanical gardens and try to visit anytime I am in a new place!
    And, boy, I sure like the size of those samples!!!

  6. Looks like y’all had sooo much fun!! The botanical garden is like a family portrait about to happen. It’s gorgeous!!! And the free beer? YUM! The clydesdales (sp?) are so cool! I’ve seen them before. I was totally impressed with how HUGE they are! FUN! FUN!

    So glad y’all had a good time!

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