As you know from yesterdays post, our first day in St. Louis was mostly about driving and food. Luckily day two had a lot less driving and a lot more food!
We started off day 2 with a little race that you may have already read about from my previous post. The SpeRUNking Sand Mine Challenge! After the race we headed back to the hotel to shower and de-sand ourselves.
Once cleaned up we headed to the attraction that St. Louis is most famous for……The Gateway Arch! The arch is our nation’s tallest monument at 630 feet tall! Yikes! When I was gathering information about our trip I discovered that you can actually ride to the top of the monument and get
nauseating spectacular views of the city. Since I am deathly afraid of heights I made it very clear that I would only be observing the arch from the ground, as all sane people should. In fact I think my exact words were, “The one thing I will not be doing in St. Louis is going up to the top of the arch.”
Guess what this is!
It is the view from the top of the arch! And I saw it first hand! And I did not die! And guess what? I am really glad that I did the one thing that I said that I would not do while I was in St. Louis. I have to thank Chris for convincing me to go and holding my sweaty hand the entire ride up.
After defying death at the arch we got lunch at Joey B’s on the Landing. The combination of racing in the morning plus taking on one of my biggest fears left me ravenous! The three of us devoured some St. Louis style pizza. Yes, St. Louis has its own style of pizza, that was one of the fun facts that I learned while I was stuck in the car on day one of the trip. As luck would have it, the restaurant we stumbled upon for lunch had their pizza featured on Rachel Ray! Another unique thing about Joey B’s is that they have a shot menu featuring 124 shots! We couldn’t resist trying one, so we had a creamsicle. One shot down, 123 more to go!
After lunch we wandered around the city and then headed back to the hotel to relax before we headed out for the night. I used the downtime to take a nap. Ahhhhh what’ s better than a nap while you are on vacation?!
We rounded out our final day in St. Louis by having dinner and drinks at a dueling piano bar called Jive and Wail. I LOVE piano bars. In my early 20′s I was a regular at a piano bar, but that is a story for another time. This was Chris’s first time at a piano bar, so it was fun to share the experience with him. The food and drinks were great and the piano players were very entertaining. It was a fun way to end our time in St. Louis!
St. Louis was a lot of fun and I would highly recommend that you visit it for yourself, if you have not already had the pleasure. It makes for a nice weekend getaway and I am sure that it would be even more fun to visit when the weather is warmer!