Somewhere in Missouri

Somewhere in Missouri

We’re not exactly sure what happened and we’re not exactly sure when it happened but thank goodness for gas stops because believe it or not we didn’t feel a thing. Luckily roadside to the rescue and we were on the road within the hour. It’s actually a nice feeling having a set back and not feeling like it’s the end of the world, pretty sure this is the first time for me hahaha…who knows maybe this trip is actually working

Museum of Westward Expansion, St.Louis, Missouri

Museum of Westward Expansion, St.Louis, Missouri

I found this journal entry to be especially fitting. There were a few dozen on the walls and I was trying to skim all of them before the museum closed and then this one caught my eye and I chose to read it thoroughly. To my surprise as we read through our history book today we briefly covered a portion of the Lewis and Clark history and this quote was used in our text…I love moments like that 🙂

Museum of Westward Expansion, St.Louis, Missouri

Museum of Westward Expansion, St.Louis, Missouri

Now this place was AMAZING, just didn’t have enough time to see everything. Inside chronicles the entire expedition of Lewis and Clark amongst other things. Beautiful pictures, props, animations and more. I could have spent the whole day here and it was free!!! That’s a heck of lot more than I can say for the arch hahaha OK so I let just a bit more negativity come through, can you tell I really didn’t like it 🙂

Gateway Arch, St.Louis, Missouri

Gateway Arch, St.Louis, Missouri

Now onto the Arch. I have to say this wasn’t the most fantastic experience. In fact I thought it was pretty awful. But, I don’t want it to be totally negative so I’ll get it all out now . This place was run down, dirty, inefficient and just plain gross. It is the epitome of a government run operation. Perhaps things would be a bit different if this was taken over by the private sector. It sure wouldn’t be any more expensive. OK we can move on now 🙂

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour, St.Louis, Missouri

Anheuser-Busch Brwery Tour, St,Louis, Missouri

After your tour you receive 2 complimentary samples of a product of your choice. Hubby sampled Shock Top Lemon Shandy and Shock Top End of the World. I sampled Shock Top Lemon Shandy and well the glasses were really big so I never made it to my second. I had no idea they made so many of my favorite beers.

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour, St.Louis, Missouri

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour, St.Louis, Missouri

The grounds were just spectacular. You felt as if you were transported into an old east coast village. They have managed to create their own little city complete with a schoolhouse, now used as an admin building. We learned that they have used the same yeast culture since the start and if they were to lose it essentially they would lose “their beer”. So in an effort to keep it safe, out of the 12 breweries only the St.Louis location manages the yeast culture and only 5 men have a key. They process the yeast once a week and ship it off to the other breweries.

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour, St.Louis, Missouri

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour, St.Louis, Missouri

We had such a great time on the tour. We got to see the Clydesdale horses. The production floor and packaging. We learned that at this one factory they have 20 million gallons of beer at any given time and if they were to stop production, every drop of beer would be gone in just 18 hours all of it consumed by the Midwest, the highest consuming group in the Nation.

St.Louis, Missouri

St.Louis, Missouri

Well we made it to Cahokia, Illinois. Right on the border of Missouri across the Mississippi River. I was pretty excited when I found an RV park so close to St.Louis but in a completely different state…YES!!!! Another one on the map! We did the complimentary Anheuser-Busch brewery tour yesterday as well as the Gateway Arch. St.Louis is a beautiful city. I love, love all the brick. Hubby made a good point, it really is the Gateway to the west, the architecture here is very eastern nothing like the west coast, it’s pretty cool to see the rapid change.

Thanksgiving, Waynesville, MO

Thanksgiving, Waynesville, MO

One of the ways we celebrate Thanksgiving is our “Thankful Tree”. We would build a paper and tape it up in the window and add leaves to our tree from years past and present. Each year we write down the things we are thankful for and read them around the dinner table. We started our tradition 3 years ago and have collected several leaves from the family. They are definitely a treasured keepsake for our family. This year was only slightly different instead of a tree we made a wall but it was still fun writing our leaves and sharing them during our meal. Here is Olivia reading her leaves. Olivia made sure to include being thankful for her dad being able to find Jambi when he runs out of the RV.

Happy Thanksgiving from Waynesville, MO

Happy Thanksgiving from Waynesville, MO

Well we did it. We managed to cook a modified Thanksgiving feast in the RV. And considering we didn’t even start shopping until about 3 o’clock this afternoon we did pretty good. We paired down the menu quite a bit but we still wound up with stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, salad, pumpkin and apple pie and of course Ryder’s chocolate chip cookies and whip cream. Yes, I realize there is no turkey hahaha but we realized that we just didn’t need it, besides it left more room for pie 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving everyone, I hope it was a fun, family filled day!!!

Lone Jack, Missouri

We are here in Lone Jack, Missouri continuing the journey east. It’s days like today that totally make me appreciate what we are doing. We were all hitched up and ready to leave when the kids decided they found new friends. So, dad being the awesome guy he is unhooked and told the kiddos we could stay another night. It is absolutely gorgeous here. Who knew Missouri was so pretty. Pics to come 🙂