Day 1 (Fri) rain
Day 2 (Sat:) rain (with some clearing near late afternoon). Tornado warning (sirens and all)
Day 3 (Sun) mist, rain, cloudy skies
Day 4 (Mon) mist, rain, cloudy skies
Day 5 (Tues) mist, rain, cloudy skies
Our first full day started out kindof rocky. We were on the 8th floor of the Hyatt St. Louis Hotel at the Arch. We got to the elevator, and two gentlemen were already waiting to go down. Oh about 10 minutes passed and finally an elevator going up came along. The two smart guys got on (even though it was going up). Rick and I decided we'd wait for the elevator to come back down so we didn't hop in. About five minutes later we gave up on that set of elevators, and lugging my camera gear downstairs (8 floors) was not an option (because I'm lazy) -- so Rick found the service elevator and down we headed.
Then, a very nice valet told us that our rental car had a flat and that he would gladly change it for us (thanks Alessandro). Poor guy had his workout for the week trying to get the lug nuts (whatever those things are called) off. After about 20 minutes, we were on our way back to the rental car place at the airport, exchanging cars.
The rest of the morning was uneventful. But not the afternoon. By then, we were in Des Peres, Mo. I was taking pictures inside an assisted living center that Rick was the architect on, when the tornado sirens sounded. Eeeeeekkkk -- I thought I left that kindof stuff behind in Texas. They huddled all the residents into interior hallways until the all clear signal was given. Whew no tornado -- what a day!
Luckily, as we headed back to St. Louis, the blue skies and sun broke out. Rick thought that this would be a great time to head to the arch. I'm so glad we did -- because there was almost no blue skies or sun for the remainder of our stay.
The Arch is one amazing structure. It is so beautiful, especially when the sun is shining on it. I was thrilled when a limo pulled up with a group of prom-goers. What a cool place to take pictures!
A few minutes after the prom-goers arrived, another limo pulled up with a wedding party! Wow -- did I hit photo opportunity pay dirt or what?
Anyhoo -- we had a nice time (which I'll blog about later when time permits) in St. Louis. I can't wait to go back. Next time, I'm calling my blogging buddy Kym and will meet her for some coffee. I didn't realize that O'Fallon was real, real close to St. Louis.
Well, adios for the moment -- and have a great evening!
; ^\ Frances