Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Road Trip!

I'm back from my little break.  We took a little road trip to St Charles, Missouri (just outside St Louis) for Bob's nephews wedding.  It's about a 7 hour drive from West Michigan if you don't stop.  We went with Bob's brother Tom and wife Bonnie, and his brother Larry.  Larry's wife Lynn couldn't come because she had prior plans for a little trip with her sister who lives in Montana.

Here we all are on the road; Tom and Bonnie in the front, then Bob and I, and Larry took the back.

It was fun watching the scenery gradually change.  Michigan is pretty black and white yet, with very little green on the trees.  As we drove it got greener, trees were flowering and we saw a lot of fields with these purple wildflowers.  In Missouri, the tulips were almost done blooming!

I don't remember where this was, but this enormous cross was a neat thing to see along the road.

Here we are crossing the Mississippi river!

Shortly after crossing the river we got caught in a traffic standstill.  It was caused by this 3 car accident, with a car in the middle that was pretty damaged.

 This is the Missouri river.  There were 2 of these little buildings in the middle of the river.  We couldn't figure out their purpose or how anyone would get into them.

We made it!  We had such a nice hotel room.  It was a suite, with a sitting area, which is nice when you are spending more than one night there.

 Bob's brother Tom had spent quite a bit of time in the area for work and knew some good places to go while there.  One of them was the Sugar Fire restaurant.  They specialize in BBQ, and it was so good! The BBQ sauce with tape on it says Dragons Breath.

 When we left the restaurant, these bikes were in the parking lot.  It looked like they had just taken part in a funeral.  We thought the helmet with the blood type on it was interesting.

 We also went to Fast Lane.  It's a place that specializes in old cars.  They have several buildings full of cars, motorcycles, bikes and other memorabilia.  It was very interesting to walk around and look at everything.

 Here's Larry, Bob and Tom in front of the cars.
I don't want to overwhelm you with pictures, so will share more tomorrow.


Jenny said...

What a great time. It looks like you saw some pretty scenery and had some great BBQ. I love crossing the Mississippi! The little buildings are water intake towers. xoxo

Sally said...

How wonderful,Mari! Love all the pics. Sorry to hear about the accident though. Looking forward to more photos! :)


Simply Linda said...

I love road trips, glad you had an nice time. Have a beautiful Wednesday, friend.


Irene, my daughter lives so close to St. Louis.
All the scenery looks familiar to me.

What a whirlwind trip...but fun, I'm sure.
Enjoyed the photos I did!!!

Mildred said...

Looks like a lot of fun. You mentioned visiting a Polish Pottery store.....I would have loved that! My dad and I always enjoyed looking at old cars. Great photos!

Connie said...

Sounds like a nice iMessage with family...always a good thing.

Jean Stauffer said...

Looks like fun!!! I love road trips with siblings. A few years ago my uncle in Western PA passed away, so a van load of my siblings and Grandma Mary came here from Lancaster County to pick me up and we traveled to the funeral together. It was just a one-day trip, but we had the most fun!

Connie said...

Sounds like a nice iMessage with family...always a good thing.

Arlene Grimm said...

What a fun trip. We visited St Louis several years ago and we loved it. It is about a six hour trip for us coming from Alabama. And you are right...blood type on the helmet is a bit troubling but probably useful if you are in a wreck!

Karen said...

Road trips and family weddings are two of my favorite things.

Doris said...

Sounds like a fun time!

Terri D said...

You guys take the most fun road trips!! I can't wait to see more photos and hear more about it tomorrow!

Cherdecor said...

I am glad that you had a good road trip with relatives and to enjoy a wedding too! I have only been in St. Louis one time and that was on our way home from Las Vegas. We landed for just a few minutes. I would love to see the arch and even go up in it sometime.

Kimberly Hoyt said...

Just finished catching up with your trip. How fun! I've never been to Missouri but it looks like a place we'd enjoy going. And the trip back and forth with family must have added to the enjoyment -- probably not too often y'all get to spend that much time together :) Lovely, lovely photos!