Princess Gail and I just returned from a trip to St. Louis with our new friends Hal and Diann. We went for the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits (the exhibits, really!) But first, we decided to catch a couple of famous St. Louis sites on our first day. It was a cold, wet, dreary day, but we made the most of it!
Our hotel, The Hyatt at the Arch, was across the street from the famous St. Louis Arch, right on the banks of the Mississippi River. We could see a bit of the arch, the river, and The Casino Queen, from our room’s window.
It is possible to ride a small capsule (and I mean small) to the top of the arch and take a look from tiny windows. A warning to claustrophobiacs: just look at other people’s pictures!
The doors to the capsules at the bases of the arch are only about 5 feet tall. You have to step up and crouch at the same time to get in.
Here’s Princess Gail in one of the capsules, which seat five, tightly-squeezed people! She is sitting in the only seat where one can sit up straight.
After a 4 minute ride we arrived safely to the top and were treated to some nice views despite the tiny windows and the rainy weather.
We could see our hotel and the Old Courthouse from one window, and from another we could see Busch Stadium, home of the World Series champions St. Louis Cardinals. On the other side we saw barges on the Mississippi.
We posed for pictures. Princess Gail and Ferd:
Diann and Gail:
Diann and Hal:
After this, we headed to the Anheuser-Busch brewery. Details on the next post!