October 12-13, 2013
Louis, MO, and vicinity
Transportation: 2009 Dodge Grand
Jessica, Andrew, Scott, Trish & Catie
Click to see Ottertoberfest II
headed south on another Indian Summer weekend for Ottertoberfest at the
St. Louiz Zoo. This trip is really just an excuse to get outside and
take a quick break from work until brutal winter sets in.
stopped once again at
Jefferies Orchard near
Springfield in search of apples but ended up enjoying beans instead. A
short trip to Lincoln's tomb a few miles to the south seemed to be in
order because what is better than starting a fun weekend in an
atmosphere of sober solemnity?
We headed to the
City Museum in St.
Louis, which has become a favorite destination. The bright day saw us to
the rooftop where we climbed and jumped and slid. There is no better way
to learn than descending a ten story slide.
The evening was not as much fun since the government
shutdown the nation was experiencing darkened the famous Gateway Arch
and JNEM park. After a
terrible pizza dinner, we all settled down for bed and hoped the morning
would be better.
And it was because the
St. Louis Zoo was full of animal
babies, bratwurst, and polka music. We were particularly keen to see the
little elephant newborn who was only recently released into the
enclosure for public viewing, but were surprised to see so many other
After the zoo, we drove around scenic
Forest Park, one of the best parks in America, and explored the
small St. Louis Science Center.
Before heading home we drove out along the Missouri River west of St.
Charles for some sight seeing.
Weather was perfect, company was great, and another
exciting weekend went down in St. Louis.