We made a quick trip to St. Louis last weekend so the girls could compete in two feis (Irish dance competitions). And while we didn’t have a lot of time to do anything extra, we did find time to visit the Gateway Arch.
Four years have passed since our last visit to the Arch, and with the girls a bit older – and more likely to remember this visit- we spent a couple hours.
The girls were excited to earn a new Junior Ranger badge and worked hard to complete their workbooks.
Then we made our trip to the top. If you’ve never experienced a ride to the top of the arch, it’s very sci-fi and slightly surreal.
These doors slide open, quite 1960s spaceship-like, and you enter a small pod. The pod, which seats 5 in a rather cramped semi-circle, has windows which allow you to see the interior of the arch. Which I understand is really quite interesting – if you can take your eyes off the fact that, if the pods stop somewhere mid-arch you are nowhere near any steps that would allow you to leave the pod. If the pod doors would even open.
Yes, I might have a slight fear of heights and maybe even a bit of claustrophobia.
Of course we make it to the top of the arch, 630 feet above St. Louis, and are awarded with simply stunning views for miles.
I’m always amazed how people in St. Louis can pass by the Arch without a second glance. I suppose that comes with it being there every day. But every time I pass through I always take a few minutes to stop and look at it as it changes with the light, reflecting clouds that pass overhead.
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