|Everyone must wear beautiful hats to the Derby!|
Then we got in the car and headed on our way, passing into Indiana first...
Where we went about 30 miles out of our way to visit Santa Claus, Indiana! (You thought I was kidding when I spoke of Mr. Claus sightings in my other post?)
|America's Christmas Hometown|
|Had to get a picture with the sign|
My only disappointment in Santa Claus was that nothing was open, no stores, no Holiday World (oh this is a thing), nothing, since the season does not really start opening up for another couple of weeks!
Well after an ever so brief side trip, we were back in the car and passed into Illinois. One thing to note is that everywhere out there wants to claim Lincoln. We have Illinois--the Land of Lincoln, Indiana--Lincoln's Boyhood Home, and Kentucky--Birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. There is a lot of Lincoln pride going on over there.
Since we had visited Illinois on our last road trip, we did not even bother stopping, just snapped a picture of the sign as we drove through the state. We finally arrived in Missouri late afternoon and stopped by Forest Park in St. Louis.
Forest Park is a really beautiful park. Last trip, we made our way to the St. Louis Zoo, one of my favorite zoo's and it is unbelieveably free! But this time we stuck to walking around the park (the zoo is actually within the park), and took in the scenes and information from the 1904 World's Fair that was held in St. Louis. The below picture is from the World's Fair Pavilion.
|The flowers were gorgeous|
Our hotel was right near the Gateway Arch, so we snapped a few pictures and walked around the "downtown" area.
|Night View from our hotel balcony|