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9.7.13 … I guess I am not as cute as Meg Ryan …

The Gateway Arch …

The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot (192 m) monument in St. Louis, Missouri. Clad in stainless steel and built in the form of a flattened catenary arch, it is the tallest man-made monument in the United States,[4] Missouri’s tallest accessible building, and the world’s tallest arch.[4] Built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States, it is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and has become an internationally famous symbol of St. Louis.

via Gateway Arch – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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I missed  the last ride up to the top by seven minutes.  I have rarely begged, but I tried it anyway.  i felt like Annie, the main character in Sleepless in Seattle, at the Empire State Building.  But the national park ranger didn’t buy it, and he didn’t let me go.  I guess I am not as cute as Meg Ryan.  🙂
However,  I absolutely loved walking around the base of the arch on this absolutely gorgeous afternoon.
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it is 6 PM.  I relaxed in the park by the Mississippi River which was  much smaller than I expected. And there were casinos, helicopter rides, horse and carriage rides with a pumpkin Cinderella theme.
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The arch is just beautiful and sitting here in the cool grass makes me want to stay an extra day and ride to the top!
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After my mini break from driving, I continue driving west to Columbia Missouri … driving into the setting sun. It’s very rare that I have driven due west at sunset … beautiful sunset … water tower with the sunset in the backdrop.

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I see barns everywhere, corn and signs for National  Churchill Museum …

In 1946 it was at Westminster College that Winston Churchill delivered one of the most significant speeches of his long and illustrious career. That address, formally entitled, The Sinews of Peace, but best known for that evocative phrase, “An Iron Curtain has descended across the Continent”, effectively marked the beginning of the Cold War and linked, forever, Fulton and Westminster College with Winston Churchill.

via National Churchill Museum | About the National Churchill Museum, Fulton, MO.

Maybe I will pass this was again, maybe not … but I have to assume … “I

may never pass this way again!”


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