The Trip Home

After Friday evening, the National Leadership and Skills Conference was over. We decided to split the trip home into two ten-hour drives, rather than drive all the way through from Kansas City to Baltimore. We stayed the night in Louisville, Kentucky.

The other nice thing about splitting the drive up (besides just making for an easier and safer drive back) was that we got to spend some time in St. Louis and learn about the engineering that went into the building of the Gateway Arch!

Here was our first view of the arch, driving into St. Louis from the west:

First view, Gateway Arch

First view, Gateway Arch

And, less blurry, a few minutes later:

Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch

We parked on the riverfront, in a garage between the Martin Luther King Bridge

MLK Bridge

MLK Bridge

and the famous Eads Bridge.

Eads Bridge

Eads Bridge

Here are views of each from below:

One small arch of the Eads Bridge, St. Louis

One small arch of the Eads Bridge, St. Louis

MLK Bridge, St. Louis

MLK Bridge, St. Louis

We walked toward the arch:

Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch

Once inside, we watched a documentary on the building of the arch. It was terrific! Here are two smaller models of them putting the last piece of the arch into place to finish its construction:

Model in the arch's lobby

Model in the arch’s lobby

Model in the northern base of the arch

Model in the northern base of the arch

We had some time to kill before our ticketed time to ride the tram all the way to the top of the arch. We visited the museum of westward expansion, and the old-timey general store. Abhishek and Bhola played checkers in the store.

Then we made our way to the top of the Arch. We had to stand in line several times, during one of which they had exhibits about what St. Louis was like as a pioneer town in the nineteenth century. We spotted a box of oysters from Baltimore:

Signs of Baltimore, even half way across the country!

Signs of Baltimore, even half way across the country!

Here was the door to our tram:

Door # 3

Door # 3

On the ride up,

Bhola and Abhishek inside the tram -- the National Park rangers described the tram as a mix between an elevator, a train, and a ferris wheel

Bhola and Abhishek inside the tram — the National Park rangers described the tram as a mix between an elevator, a train, and a Ferris wheel

We could see the stairs (off-limits to pedestrians – we had to ride up in the tram):

Looking out the window as the tram heads up

Looking out the window as the tram heads up

From the top, we could see several different views of St. Louis,

St. Louis downtown and green-domed courthouse

St. Louis downtown and green-domed courthouse

the Mississippi River,

Mississippi River and two bridges

Mississippi River and two bridges

the park that the Arch is in,

Gateway Arch park

Gateway Arch park

and the little tiny people and cars down below.

Look at all the tiny people!

Look at all the tiny people!

The arch is 630 feet tall.

630ft tall at the top of the arch

After staying in Louisville, we headed on home. On Sunday evening, we made it back to Baltimore. And thus ended our 2200 mile journey!

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