I found out on Thursday that work would probably need me to travel to St. Louis, MO to meet with a customer. The trip got approved first thing on Friday morning with flight and accomodation reservations finalized that afternoon. Quite a quick little turn-around…but where the local sales dude scheduled the meeting for the following Thursday, it didn’t really leave many options available.
I fly out Wednesday morning for the 2-plane, 6-hour jaunt to Missouri. I arrive late afternoon on Wednesday and fly back early morning on Friday. My meeting is over early afternoon on Thursday.
Yeah…I’ll have a bit of spare time on my hands.
I obviously need to see The Gateway Arch…that one’s pretty much a given. They’ve got some type of tram that takes you to the top of it.
Here’s the thing: I’ve got an incredible fear of heights. It’s brutal. But much like going to the top of the CN Tower during my business trip to Toronto this past November, I feel that I must go there and experience it and attempt to overcome my fears.
Now, my hope is that there aren’t any f*ckin’ glass floors in the tram like there were in the elevator of the Tower…’cause that sh*t just ain’t right. Ain’t right at all (it scared the bejesus out of me).
Anyhoo…I’ll have some spare time and have been doing a bit of research on how I could potentially spend that spare time. Here are some of the things that I’ve come up with:
- St. Louis Zoo — I’m a huge fan of visiting zoos. When you come from a relatively small area and don’t get the opportunity to see wild animals up close and in person, a large zoo tends to have massive appeal. I’ve always wanted to go to a major zoo like the one in New York City or the massive one in San Diego, but I’ve been fortunate enough to visit large zoos in Houston and Toronto. The zoo in St. Louis is, apparently, a free year-round attraction. Depending on how late I get in on Wednesday or how early my meeting ends on Thursday, this is an attraction at the top of my list.
- St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates — I was lucky enough to see two major league baseball games during my 4-week stay in Houston a couple of years ago (Minute Maid Park is a gorgeous facility), so where the two clubs are playing each other both Wednesday and Thursday (and where I couldn’t care less about whether or not I’m sitting in a $22 bleacher seat), I think taking in a game is a pretty good bet. Where I live in an area without a major league sports team (the closest would be the Montreal Canadiens of the NHL…but that’s a 10+ hour drive one way…no thanks), experiencing something like this is just a fun thing to do.
- Saint Louis Science Center — This would be one of those things I wouldn’t mind venturing in if time allowed. While really more of a family-oriented place, there’s a planetarium there and my inner-dork is really interested in checking that out. There’s also an art museum and a history museum in the area, so those are certainly possibilities, too.
- Forest Park — This park is actually larger than Central Park in New York City, and a good number of tourist attractions can be found here. It contains monuments, historic buildings, wildlife, waterways and landscapes. The park houses everything from the zoo to the Art Museum, the History Museum, the Science Center and even the Muny Opera. So yeah…if I have the time (and if the weather cooperates), this would be a fantastic area to walk through and photograph.
So at this point, that’s all I’ve got tentatively planned. If anybody has more suggestions, know that I’m all ears.
I’m taking the company laptop so between that and the hotel internet services, blogging shouldn’t be a problem (y’know…for those desperate for your daily dose of CBG).
Oh…and if there are any restaurants that are either in the Forest Park area or close to the airport (and nothing too extravagant), please comment some suggestions. I’m keen on trying local eateries that aren’t named “McDonalds” or “Dominos”.