Gateway Arch in St Louis, made of metal, I thought it was concrete! - Nikon D90 with Tamron 17-50mm @ f/11 1/250th ISO 200
Kiki and I suddenly left Florida one Saturday night in early November. I had long been wanting to do it, but with such things sometimes they just happen all of a sudden due to the sudden rising of circumstances. We did have a destination though when setting out -- Iowa. To get there it brought us through a few U.S. landmarks that I had never been to before. One of them was Gateway Arch in St. Louis. This will be the first post in a series called Westward Bound.
To my pleasant surprise there was still foliage in St. Louis. It was a long time since I saw any colored leaves. However, it was a really warm day, almost felt like Florida with temps about 70F and the sun out strong.
I imagined the arch was made of concrete. I guess that would not make sense though to use such a rigid, easy to crack material to construct an arch shaped object of that enormous size!
The path to Gateway Arch is marked on the sidewalks of downtown St. Louis. I parked for free on a side street!
Unfortunately I could not walk under the arch like I really wanted to in order to symbolically enter the West. The entire arch was fenced off with some huge renovations going on for a new amphitheater and landscaping. Apparently, it had been going on for a long time or is often being renovated according to one person there.
Even with not being able to walk under Gateway Arch it was great to finally see it in person. I could not decide if I thought it was not as big as I expected or as big, its size is funny that way.