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:
And, less blurry, a few minutes later:
We parked on the riverfront, in a garage between the Martin Luther King Bridge
and the famous Eads Bridge.
Here are views of each from below:
We walked toward the 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:
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:
Here was the door to our tram:
On the ride up,
We could see the stairs (off-limits to pedestrians – we had to ride up in the tram):
From the top, we could see several different views of St. Louis,
the Mississippi River,
the park that the Arch is in,
and the little tiny people and cars down below.
The arch is 630 feet tall.
After staying in Louisville, we headed on home. On Sunday evening, we made it back to Baltimore. And thus ended our 2200 mile journey!