New town, city, country? Buckle up and GO explore!
I’ve explored many of the neighborhoods and surrounding cities since moving to the St. Louis, Missouri area a year and a half ago. Recently, my explore-mobile (formerly my mommy-mobile) took me over the Mississippi River bridge into Illinois, where I visited a winery.
The street lined with shops, car repair businesses, Elks Lodge, and family restaurants changed when I turned left onto Main Street. At the end of the street, I caught a glimpse of the rolling hills, straight lines of vineyards, and the hanging barrel welcoming me to the winery. Ahhh, a day out in the sunshine, looking out over an orchard. That’s a good day.
Today was all about friendship, culture, exploring and FUN. Another new friend is relocating out of St. Louis soon. I took her on a whirlwind tour, from 9:45 am until 4:30 pm, ducking out of the rain, zigzagging through the city, taking in a fragrant tour. We’ve made the most of our time together.
The exhibit of artifacts found and retrieved from the bottom of the sea in Egypt’s lost cities taught us so much.
(see http://slam.org/exhibitions/sunkencities.php) for more details)
Then lunch in a historic neighborhood, surrounded by red-brick homes, tall trees, and interesting passers-by.
Finally, our private tour of a chocolate factory, replete with samples galore, and a trip to the Jewel Box, a lovely glass building in the Forest Park expanse, ended our adventure.
How was your day? Keep your eyes out for FUN around every corner of your city.
While I ride, I read. I listen to audiobooks through my earbuds. As an adult, I’ve been a good, almost voracious, reader. I’ve even missed a train stop due to an engrossed reading session. Now, I read and ride. I enjoy the fresh air, the sunshine, and the occasional sighting of a snake, a cardinal, old farm tools, or a rabbit…yes, on the trail!
I read about people, self-development, and anything I’m recommended to read.
In the books, I learn. On the bike, I escape. In life, I am grateful.
Life lessons I took away from my visit to big sky Montana:
Friends are invaluable; keep them close. Squirrels, hummingbirds, chipmunks, and red Robins are beautiful in the sunrise and sunset. Food tastes better when it’s fresh and prepared together with love. Saying “good-bye” always bruises the heart.
A hui hou, Robin and John. Thank you for the memories.