Last weekend, hubby and I were in Missouri. We were there for the city’s half marathon. He was a participant, and I was there to lend support. It was also an opportunity to see a bit of St. Louis. We couldn’t skip a visit to the Gateway Arch, the icon St. Louis is known for.It was cold and windy when we went to visit the arch. There’s renovations going on at the museum and visitor center, so foot traffic is redirected, and we had to stand in line in the cold for at least 20 minutes before we could get in. I was excited to go up the Arch, especially after learning how it was built. It’s an engineering marvel!The tram that brought visitors 630 feet from the ground is a claustrophobic’s nightmare. It fits 5 people who sit on stools anchored to the floor. The stools have no back and they swivel, or maybe mine was a bit loose. As the tram traveled up, my feet tingled a bit. I didn’t mind the tiny space, but I didn’t feel secure that there wasn’t anything to hold on to.I was relieved when we reached the top. We spent a few minutes there enjoying the view of the city and the Mississippi River.One can spend as much time at the top. Hubby and I soaked in the views for a few minutes. We both enjoyed going up the world’s tallest arch.
The arch was built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States. I am interpreting that as the nation’s awakening to what the west had to offer.