Here’s your clue……

Yep, you’re right……we’re in St. Louis!!!! Yesterday we went to the Cahokia Indian Mounds and much to my surprise, it was VERY interesting! The museum is phenomenal! Howie is a big history buff but I think I enjoyed it just as much as I’ve always had a big interest in the native Americans. We spent several hours viewing the exhibits as well as watching a documentary film. Here are a few pics of some of the exhibits.

A replica of the village, population of 40,000, which existed from about 600 AD to 1300. The people eventually had to move due to over population, pollution of the land and exploitation of natural resources. Sounds a little too familiar!
Because it was about 50 degrees with winds around 18 mph we opted out of climbing Monk Mound – 156 steps to the top where the “king” had his house, He was high up so he could see the people (about 40,000) and keep them all in line. It took the people about 300 years to build this mound, carrying soil weighing 50-60 pounds per basket load!

We decided we needed a reward after contemplating climbing these stairs, so on a tip from my sister, Lori, we headed for “the best soft serve stand in the nation”. The hype is REAL! It was fantastic! Howie had a Hawaiian sundae and I had a “Christy” – a frosted brownie covered in vanilla ice cream and topped with fudge and caramel – yikes!

We asked that all the calories be removed!!!

Today we visited Gateway Arch National Park – a true engineering marvel. Howie’s been inside the arch before but I never was until today (My kids will argue that my memory has failed – they’re both certain that I was there years ago.) Something that “different” would have been deeply engrained in my brain so I think I’m right on this one. Anyway, it was certainly an experience. The weather was beautiful – a clear sunny day – perfect for viewing from the top.

Tomorrow is another travel day. We’ll be heading “south”, taking our time as we head toward Hot Springs, Arkansas. The weather’s been a bit nippy here so we’re hopefully heading toward a bit warmer climate. We are so grateful for all of you who have been “following” us and we certainly have been enjoying all the encouraging comments, well wishes and prayers for safe travels. To all of you who have welcomed us to “drop by”, be careful…..sometimes what you wish for comes true! Happy trails!

Published by Ramblin' Rosie

We are retired nurses with a desire to explore the United States, and beyond, in our Winnebago motor home. We are accompanied our three pups, Fanny May, Kaiser, and Rosie.

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