Tuesday, October 7, 2014

St. Louis

Back in September my work ended up sending me to St. Louis last minute. I had put a ton of work into a conference, and usually someone from our conference team attends, but no one was attending this one, and they really needed admin help, so I graciously offered to go.

And then I realized how much work I just volunteered myself for.
30 binders later I was off. I was only there overnight, and a huge part of it was attending the conference, but we had a few hours during the day to see the arch.

Both my co-worker and I thought the arch wasn't what we expected. Both of us thought that it spanned the river, which it does not. How did I not know that you can go up inside of the arch as well?

Well since it's kind of "the" site to see in St. Louis, we decided to go up in it. 
The little pods that you go up in are so interesting. They're what I imagine the 60s version of space age was. They're these little pods that are tiny tiny and have 5 seats, I'm not a tall person, but the middle seat is the only one I could sit in without hitting my head on the ceiling. I guess there's a reason they ask if you get claustrophobic before you go up.  Because it's an arch, the pods have to go up and over and tip a little bit and you seat moves, and it's all a little strange, but it gets you up to the top in like 2 minutes.
 Getting to the top isn't what I expected either. It has these small slanted windows, which I was skeptical of at first, how can you see much with these small windows? But they offer great views of the area, the magic of engineering. You can also feel the arch sway a bit on windy days. It swayed a bit while we were up there.
 
This was my first time actually seeing the Mississippi River. It's so iconic in US history that it was cool to see how big it is.

I wish I had been smart enough to take more than a snap chat of my amazing room at the Four Seasons. I had the most magical view of the arch, and the most amazing bathtub. Instead you'll have to settle for the view from the restaurant where we held an event.

It was a super fast trip and was a ton of work, but it was great to be there and ensure things went smoothly, and it was great to see a new place and an iconic landmark.

11 comments:

Susannah said...

How fun! I'm glad you got the opportunity to do that! :-)

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

Love St. Louis...so glad you went up on the arch. That ride is just hilarious...I remember. hahahaha

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I've only ever passed through there and haven't got to ride up!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I've only ever passed through there and haven't got to ride up!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I've only ever passed through there and haven't got to ride up!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I've only ever passed through there and haven't got to ride up!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I've only ever passed through there and haven't got to ride up!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I've only ever passed through there and haven't got to ride up!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I've only ever passed through there and haven't got to ride up!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I've only ever passed through there and haven't got to ride up!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I've only ever passed through there and haven't got to ride up!

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