I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck had part of a day in St. Louis. What should we do? We drove downtown and parked across from Busch Stadium.
The St. Louis Cardinals baseball team plays here.
St. Louis Cardinal at bat
The Cardinals have won many World Series of Baseball and the fans are very loyal. Then we heard fireworks. A man on the street said that means someone hit a home run. Well, what are ducks and moms to do? We bought tickets, went into the stadium, found our seats and then bought hot dogs. For a last minute idea, we had pretty good seats.
Watching the baseball game
This was an exciting game. The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburg Pirates 7-0. Lots of action in this game and the crowd was happy and cheering as their favorite hometown team continued to score. The game ended and as we left our seats, we noticed the cardinal on the end of each row of seats.
A cardinal on each row of seats
Isn’t that great? We like this stadium. We did need to take a quick look at the Cardinals store inside the stadium.
Store inside Busch Stadium
Here we are perched on a can by the doors. Outside more fans were celebrating.
Cardinals Nation. Across from Busch Stadium
Across the street from Busch Stadium, Cardinals Nation was feeding and refreshing many fans. The weather was warm with the sun shining through the beautiful blue sky. What could we do next that would not seem like a let down after that great game? The sidewalk had the answer.
St. Louis has an arch
St. Louis has The Gateway Arch, the world’s tallest arch, located on the banks of the Mississippi River. The Gateway Arch opened June 1967. This, the tallest monument in the United States, is dedicated to “the American people” and a tribute to the westward expansion of the United States. Our moms have been here before and they loved this area.
That is a big arch! The Gateway Arch is 630 feet tall, compared to the Washington Monument at 555 feet. The arch has a stainless steel skin and glimmers in the sunshine. Before we ducks joined the family our moms went inside the arch to the observation area. There is a tram in each leg of the arch to go to the top. With 8 cylindrical 5 seat compartments with a small window in each compartment, 40 humans ascend at a time from each side. The cars, or compartments, swing like Ferris wheel cars, half Ferris wheel and half elevator, it takes 4 minutes to arrive at the top. At the top observation area each side has 16 windows, 7″ x 27″ (180 mm x 690 mm). Through these small windows, you can see up to 30 miles (48 km) into Missouri and southern Illinois. We did not go inside the arch this time. Near the arch, we saw Harry.
Harry the horse and his carriage
Harry pulls this carriage. We wanted to ride in Harry’s carriage. We are riding with the Mississippi next to us.
Mississippi River and bridge connecting Missouri and Illinois.
That bridge over the Mississippi River goes to southern Illinois. This is graffiti wall.
Graffiti wall. We love it!
We enjoyed the pictures painted here. We must like artful graffiti. After a ride along the river and through part of downtown St. Louis, Harry, who likes apples, carrots and peppermint candy, took us to our car. We were asked not to feed Harry as he is not done working for the day. If he gets fed, even a snack, he wants to go back to the barn. So we petted Harry, paid and tipped our driver and left our carriage. Our car was parked across from White Castle hamburger restaurant. Naturally we went to White Castle for a light dinner.
White Castle hamburgers. Arch in background
Looking through the window of White Castle, we liked seeing the Gateway Arch. We enjoyed our time in St. Louis.