Happy 7th Birthday!

Today I turned 7! Wow! Mom surprised me with a trip into the earth. We visited Merimac Caverns just west of St. Louis. They were huge and much more spacious than those of Ruby Falls from the other day.

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We learned a lot about Jesse james and how he robbed a train and then hid in the caves.

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The stalactite and stalagmites in the cave were very impressive.

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It was also really cold! All I had on was a very thin t-shirt. I just huddled inside of it.

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They lot up the rocks for dramatic effect but boy was it cool!

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Here is the same shot but not lit up fancy.

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This is called “the wine glass”. I thought it looked more like a dragon or a camel.

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They called the the “bubble room”. You could see where the old water line was and how the bubbles were formed as the water eroded the limestone walls.

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The curtain in the theater was fun because they played music and had a light show.

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What a great birthday gift!

Gateway Arch- St. Louis

We had a great trip to the arch. You have to climb throughout these little 4 foot by 20 inch doors.

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We had pod number 4.

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It was very cramped and only fit 5 people. Emmerson cried nearly the entire was up the 620 feet. That lasted 4 minutes!

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Checking out the view from the tippet top.

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There is the Cardinal’s stadium.

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Having a blast!

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We went down in south pod 8.

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Here is a photo of the pod unloading.

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Empty pod!

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Ready to go!

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Still a bit nervous.

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Playing in the “display pod” at the bottom.

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Glad I found the ground.

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Meet me in St. Louis

We stayed the night near Nashville, TN and I was up bright and early the next morning. Emmerson slept in until 7 and I was up at 5am. I got to watch TV for a bit before he even stirred.

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Then we were off for a 5 hour drive into St. Louis. We saw the Gateway Geyser shooting off. That was interesting. We drove down along the Mississippi River to take a riverboat cruise on the Tom Sawyer. We parked on the levy and it was very uneven and steep.

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We had a nice view from the top of the boat but it was very windy.

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I learned that 11 planes and 1 helicopter have flown through the arch. One skydiver landed on top of the arch with his parachute but he lost his footing and slipped to his death. Another man used suction cups to climb the south tower and then parachuted off. When he hit the ground he was arrested and jailed for six months! Cool, huh?

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This is a cool statue of Lewis, Clark and their dog Seaman.

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This building was built for the Worlds Fair in 1904 (??).

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The mighty Mississippi River is carrying us along.

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We also visited the Westward Expansion Museum where we earned our Jr. Ranger Badges.

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I talked with Merriwether Lewis.

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We played with some toys kids had on the Oregon Trail.

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I still want to see a real live buffalo but this will do for today.

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The entire back wall of the museum was dedicated to Lewis and Clark. I talked to Mommy and Emmerson for an hour about everything I learned. One man complimented me and asked how I got so stinking smart. I said my Mommy and my gifted teacher!

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Time to wait in line for the tram to the top! More later.

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On the Road!

Mommy got us up super early and I fell back asleep int he car for a bit. I hid under my blanket to stay warm and dark.

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After a long 12 hours int he car we stopped at a place called Ruby Falls. We hiked in the caves and had a great time.

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What a goofy grin.

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Looking up at the super high ceiling and crack that splits the mountain into two pieces.

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The tour guide was so funny. I had to keep correcting him.

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The rock formations all had names. This is the “donkey” because it looks like a donkeys tush!

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If you find and take pictures of a few select formations you get a free ice cream at the end.

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The falls at the far back of the cave were awesome. They light them up so you can see them better.

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The guide kept telling us that the power was going to go out and we would be in total darkness. We were both a bit scared.

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We made it safely out and then up to the lookout tower. What a great surprise stop.

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