Monday, June 13, 2022

St. Louis Whirlwind Tour

My wife had to be at Scott Air Force base for work and we decided to turn it into a family vacation.

We flew out Wednesday on Southwest and the flight was uneventful.  We did not check any bags and the flight was a little bumpy, but on time.

Thursday started off exploring the base with the fitness center, lunch at the base exchange and splashing around in the pool.  Then we drove downtown to visit the Arch.  The was kind of a claustrophobic experience for me, but the girls seemed to enjoy it.  Then we headed out for dinner in Clifton Heights at Trattoria Marcella.  I had the Stuffed Chicken Spiedini which was the among the top Italian dishes I have ever had.  It rivals my previous favorite of Spaghetti Carbonara from Sweet Tomato in Lafayette, Colorado before they closed their doors.  We also ordered the Melanzane Alla Parmigiano (eggplant), Four Cheese Pizza and Pasta Alfredo.  The pizza had too much gorgonzola, but the other dishes were great.  Finally we ended up at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard.  I had the Cookie Sandwich and we also ordered a Concrete and Sundae.  The frozen custard was good, but we were pretty full.

Friday was just as action packed with at stop at the gym, leftovers for lunch, Bowling at the Stars and Strikes on base, procuring a military ID for my 13 year old and finally heading downtown to see the Cincinnati Reds take on the St. Louis Cardinals.  The game was fun with all of the action in the bottom of the first inning.  We started running late and just stopped by the grocery store to throw together dinner.

Saturday we packed up to head out.  Before departing we visited Grant's Farm, home of the Budweiser Clydesdales, which was interesting (but all outdoors and hot) and the Science Museum which was not all that (but was indoors with a great dining option).  Our flight was delayed and we ended up doing a late dinner at the airport at Vino Volo.  The travel trauma continued while waiting for bags at Denver.  It took an hour for them to hit the carousel and we got back home at 1:30 AM local time (we gained an hour on the way back).

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