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 had lunch, on the other. The Arch is huge! It is part of the Thomas Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. 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!
ST. LOUIS July, 1977
On truck with Chester! We saw the Gateway Arch, the symbolic gateway to the west.