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.