Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Drive So Far

I left Indy and immediately found myself in a traffic jam. There were two more to come...

I found a train when I entered Illinois

And saw the world's largest cross in Effingham, Illinois. Made of metal it stands nearly 200 ft tall, and features various speakers which recite the ten commandments at the push of a button. There is also a meditation path around the cross.

On into Missouri, I catch a glimpse of the state motto ... "The Show-Me State" No one showed me anything, but I never got out of my car in Missouri. So I guess "The Show-Myself State" is what I'll call it.

And the St. Louis Gateway Arch of course! Designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen in 1947, it's the tallest monument in the U.S. at 630 feet tall. You can take a tram to the top and peer out of the windows in the observation 'hall'. That is a long way up, I'm not sure I'd be able to actually look outside to the world below. I'm sure I'd feel very uneasy!

And I found the following picture online ... one of the tram cars that goes to the top of the Gateway Arch. Tis so very futuristic looking ...

1 comment:

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Wow, enjoyed your travelogue immensely and it reminded me of seeing the St Louis Arch as a kid...we didn't go to the top...we had a big family, lol.