Monday, August 08, 2005

East St. Louis and the Arch

It's been a long trip away from Oregon and we are now winding our way home. We left Brookville, OH and drove through Indiana into Illinois and settled down in East St. Louis, IL at the Casino Queen Casino and RV park located across the Mississippi River from the Arch

Across the way was the Edward Jones Dome home of the St. Louis Rams. The Rams used to be in Los Angeles and moved here after the Cardinals moved to Arizona and the Oilers left Houston for Tennessee and got the Texans which was the name of the Houston Oilers biggest rivals out of Dallas in the American Football League before they became the Dallas Cowboys. Makes me wonder if the Packers are still in Green Bay and haven't moved to Portland to become the Portland Packers.... At any rate I took the picture because my old High School buddy Vincent Doucette makes Edward Jones money as probably it's best Financial Advisor.

The Musemobile was happy all decked out on an asphalt pad instead of rocks for a change.

To the south west was an old drab grain elevator that was actually pretty beyond the red flowers and green leaves of the landscaping.

Of course I took several pictures of the Arch. I got creative with this one of the Arch beyond the arches of the swingset at the RV park.

I got out in the night and took this one without my tripod and time exposure using the BBQ grill at the park to steady the camera.

...and this one of the city of St. Louis skyline at night.

Remember the grain elevator building earlier? This is taken from the road leading to it and the signs say "Helping - Farmers - Prosper"

Before we left I moved as close to the river as possible to take one last picture of the Arch. I liked the pictures I was lucky enough to take and only wish the sky had been clearer. You may not be able to tell from these pictures but it was very hazy while we were here.

The only way to tell is to look at the red at the bottom of the sun in this sunset image.

Scrabble Score - The Generous Scrabble Queen 324 The Hopeless Contender 325 after the Queen helped me make the last word.

Since this stay was all about arches
Quote of the Day
"It was not her sex appeal but the obvious relish with which she devoured the hamburger that made my pulse begin to hammer with excitement." ~ Ray Kroc who bought McDonalds from the McDonald brothers in 1961 for $2.7 million and held the first franchise since 1954.

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