It certainly has been a wet summer here in St.Louis! We experienced that first-hand last week-end when we drove to Farmington to help John's sister Carolyn move. One the way down there we passed the Meramec River, which has over-flowed its banks. We also drove over a flooded road just outside of Farmington, and shortly after it was closed to traffic. On Sunday we drove to Carbondale, Illinois to visit our daughter Melissa and encountered several detours on that trip because of flooded roads. Pictured below is a road near the Chester bridge, which is a major crossing of the Mississippi River between Missouri and Illinois.
We also spent time at the museum looking at the other exhibit, titled "State of Deception The Power of Nazi Propaganda". It was equally enlightening and fascinating. However, after 4 hours inside I was ready to step outside and into the heat of the day. Before leaving Forest Park we stopped at the Jewel Box to enjoy the beauty of the gardens and ponds. Many colorful water lilies are now in bloom.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
It is not our usual plan to stay in St.Louis during the hot days of summer. However, a variety of circumstances has made it necessary for us to remain here, and that is fine with me because it allows us more visits with our daughter and grandson. They spent the past week with us and we kept busy outside despite the very warm weather. Last Tuesday we visited the St.Louis Zoo where our first stop was the Children's Zoo. In the playground of this area I was pleased to see the concrete hippo which use to be located elsewhere in the zoo. Through the years our children loved to climb up into the belly of the sculpture and then come out of its mouth. Melissa could not get into it as she once was able to, but at least she could sit in it with her son Nathan.
Friday, June 5, 2015
The garden's first lantern festival was in 2012, our readers may remember my posting on that in July of that year. That happening was such a success, the institution's biggest single event in its 154-year history, it was decided that there should be another one. Wednesday evening we went to the garden with the purpose of hearing the country band Diesel Island, and instead spent a good part of our time while there looking at the lantern sculptures. There was no charge for the concert or for entrance to the gardens, the only downside to the evening was that the lanterns were not lit. However, we still enjoyed seeing them- as well as many other people. The garden had people picnicking and lounging everywhere, even in areas quite far from the concert shell. I guess they, as well as we, were there for the beauty of the garden as well as for the lanterns. And that is not to say that the music was bad, Diesel Island is a great band, one of the best country bands in St.Louis!
Monday, June 1, 2015
Whatever I know about horse racing I learned mainly by reading the novels of Dick Francis. For those of you who do not know this author, Francis was a steeplechase jockey and crime writer who wrote novels on horse racing. Unfortunately we did not encounter the intrigue and suspense usually found in his novels when we visited Fairmount Park, but still we had a great evening.
By the seventh race I realized that in the racing program, at the end of the listing of horses and riders for each race there are "mutuel ratings" which I should have been paying attention to. Those ratings give a best guess on how the different horses would place. So for race seven John and I paid close attention to those stats and wagered accordingly. We bombed in our bets on that race, none of our picks even came close to winning! Well, we had a fun evening and maybe next time we would be a bit more knowledgeable about the betting process. And, as with any gambling, there is no sure-fire path to winning!