In A State Of Missouri
I left it up to a Facebook vote as to my next destination and it was a tie between St. Louis and Kansas City, so I decided on St. Louis first and I’ll hit KC on the way back west after I go east some more. It’s my first time here, so I took a day to explore some of the free museums and wildlife parks they have here. I think it’s fantastic that they provide so many free alternatives for going out to budget minded people. The World Bird Sanctuary is a great place to educate yourself about the various wild birds you may come in contact with while traveling through the mid-west. They host a number of majestic eagles, falcons and owls who have been injured and cannot fly or survive in the wild anymore. I had the opportunity to get up close and personal with many of them. The place even has a monster python or two….shivers. I also had a bit of fun with their bucket o chalk that they provide for random walkway art.
Next up was a visit to the St. Louis Science Museum. This place was like kid mecca. The little tykes were everywhere running around and playing with all the fun little projects they have. It was great to see kids take an interest in science, but as for me, the environment was a bit too touristy for me so I didn’t stay long. I opted to skip the art museum and zoo and instead made for the downtown city garden.
Downtown was an interesting experience. I’ve always pictured St. Louis as a bigger city with more culture, but the place seems run down and a bit dilapidated. The great arch is definitely something to behold. However, it’s surroundings don’t match up to it’s ode to architectural wonder. I wasn’t really feeling the flow of the city, but the city garden was a fun little area. There are many peculiar sculptures and I got to splash around with kids at the fountain garden. I met a curious fellow by the name of Ronnell who kept pestering me to take photos of him to show his mom. I couldn’t help but oblige. Outside of the city garden I strolled a bit further into the main square. As I was setting up for a photo of the great arch on the horizon, I noticed a skateboarder doing ollies over a homeless guy. My curiosity got the best of me, so I introduced myself and got to grab some video footage of the feat.
I then ran into a random family taking photos of their daughter in her sweet sixteen dress. I had no idea people still did this. It was a strange scene to behold watching a girl in a big pink dress pose while being surrounded by homeless people and kids playing in the fountain. Surreal. Well, just another random day on my random road trip. Next stop…who knows? Want to vote on it?
– Missourable Rabbit
Stroll Through The Garden
Model Citizen Ronnell
For The Birds