Missouri Meanderings 2008
All of the postings from our October 2008 trip to St Louis, presented as one long article, in correct chronological order.

Table of Contents
Fleming Park, Fall 2008
Sunset Over the Mississippi
Hannibal Fall Colors
Views of the Gateway Arch
Lily Ponds, Tower Grove Park
Misc Mississippi Fall 2008
St Louis Scenes

Even more photos from our trip at flickr!


Fleming Park, Fall 2008

originally published on 18 October 2008

We spent the weekend visiting our friends Fulton and Phylis this weekend and on Saturday took a drive through scenic Fleming Park. It’s located in the Blue Springs area of western Missouri, just a few miles southeast of their house in Independence.

There are a few more related pictures at flickr.

Fleming Park, fall 2008

Fleming Park, fall 2008

Fleming Park, fall 2008

Fleming Park, fall 2008

Fleming Park, fall 2008

Fleming Park, fall 2008

Fleming Park, fall 2008
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Sunset Over the Mississippi

originally published on 19 October 2008

Here are a few pictures of sunset over the Mississippi River. They were taken from the eastern side of the river in Quincy, Illinois. We’re making our way to St. Louis, and traveled from Independence to Quincy today, via Kirksville.

The last time I was this close to the Mississippi was back in ’74 when Sheryl, a buddy from the army (Whitmore) and myself found ourselves crossing the river, at night, on a creaky old ferry as we traveled to Lindsborg from Columbia, South Carolina. What a trip! Today we found a ferry in Canton, but it was only for use by grain trucks.

I lived in Kirksville for about a year back in 1961; way too too young to remember very much in the way of details. This trip was also one of those times where you miss your mom just for the quick simple questions you can no longer ask. (Like, what was our old street address?)

I couldn’t find the house we lived in, though I’m pretty sure we were close; it was now either a vacant lot or a was converted to a small car dealership. We did find some interesting vaseline glass at the local antique store, and it was fun driving around and exploring Kirksville as I tried to fully recall vague childhood memories. We also found the small shopping center east of the house and it was pretty much as I remembered.

After leaving Kirksville we hit the Mississippi River at Canton, and right after we parked the first time to look at the massive body of water we saw 2 bald eagles. What a treat, though they were gone before I was able to take any photos.

sunset over the Mississippi

sunset over the Mississippi

sunset over the Mississippi
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And there’s a few more at flickr.
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Hannibal Fall Colors

originally published on 22 October 2008

On Monday we drove from Quincy over to Hannibal where we found some great examples of the colorful fall foliage we’ve been seeking on this trip. Here’s a small sample; there are more photos at flickr.

Hannibal fall colors

Hannibal fall colors

Hannibal fall colors

Hannibal fall colors

Hannibal fall colors
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Views of the Gateway Arch

originally posted on 22 October 2008
Though we’ve technically been in St. Louis once before, in reality we only passed through on our way to a concert at Chuck Berry’s during an extended weekend pass while undergoing basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood. Hard to believe that was almost 35 years ago! (I’m sure Lisa agrees; happy birthday to you!)

So this being our first real visit to St. Louis, one of our first stops was the Gateway Arch. Very impressive.

Of course I took photos, and there are a bunch more at flickr.

Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch
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Lily Ponds, Tower Grove Park

originally posted on 23 October 2008

I’d long been interested in seeing the giant water lilies in St. Louis, and on Tuesday I had my chance. The following photos were taken at the Lily Ponds at Tower Grove Park. It’s fascinating how the individual lily pads are connected to one central “root.” The flowers, the lilies in question, are simply gorgeous.

Many more of these are visible at flickr.

lily ponds

lily ponds

lily ponds

lily ponds

lily ponds

lily ponds

lily ponds

lily ponds

lily ponds
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Misc Mississippi Fall 2008

originally posted on 19 November 2008

Here is the final batch of photos from our recent trip to St. Louis by way of Quincy, Illinois and Hannibal Missouri. Additional images available at flickr. Also worth noting, Sheryl took all but the 4th photo on this page; between the two of us, we do generate a few photos when traveling.

These first two show the high water mark when the Mississippi River flooded in June 2008. This is just a few miles northeast of Quincy.

misc Mississippi

misc Mississippi
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These shots are taken from Riverview Park in Hannibal. It quite lived up to its name with wonderful expansive views of the mighty Mississippi.

misc Mississippi

misc Mississippi
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The next photo is an old building in Hannibal, and the last image is taken from a scenic overlook a few miles south of Hannibal, looking south.

misc Mississippi

misc Mississippi
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St Louis Scenes

originally posted on 1 December 2008

Here’s the final set of images from our trip to Missouri and St Louis last month. Nothing spectacular here, but I wanted to share some of the photos we took, mostly at the largest park in St Louis, Forest Park. Additional images on flickr.

St. Louis misc

St. Louis misc

St. Louis misc

St. Louis misc

St. Louis misc
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