Karen and I ascended St. Louis' Gateway Arch the morning of November 12, 1983. From the top, we saw Busch Stadium on one side and the Mississippi River and McDonald's riverboat, where we ate lunch, on the other. The Arch is huge! It was designated a National Park in 2018. The museum below stresses the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition. These events kicked off America's movement west. Karen took a picture of me in front of a stagecoach. I took one of her in front of a covered wagon.
Leaving the Arch, we sought out the zoo. We made a hurried tour through the zoo because of the weather and because Karen was pregnant. The highlight was the penguins. They were the first I had seen. We got a picture of a 2-humped camel: the Bactrian. It was our 6th zoo together!
We ate at Stan Musial's restaurant. Musial was the National League's answer to Ted Williams. He hit 475 home runs and got 3630 hits.
ST. LOUIS July, 1977
On truck with Chester! We saw the Gateway Arch, the symbolic gateway to the west.