Day 6: St. Louis and Columbia, MO

St. Louis was another unexpected pleasant stop.  We had great accommodations, ate good food, and had nice outdoor time at Forest Park.

Water Fountain Fun in Central West End

C trying to go in to the fountain

C + pine cone

A + sticks

Picnic lunch at Forest Park - C feeding A

Chasing butterflies

After eating Pappy’s for lunch at Forest Park, we drove about 2 hours west to Columbia, MO.

For this road trip, one of the things I was most looking forward to was visiting my sister and her fiancé in their new home.  It had been several months since we last saw each other.  To get a taste of their life in Columbia was a treat. My sister is an elementary school teacher with a kindergarten & 1st grade mixed class.  I had a chance to visit her classroom, meet her students, and watch her teach.  I was such a proud big sister!

My sister in her classroom

Another benefit of staying with family in a new city is having a local suggest food recommendations.  We had our best breakfasts, so far, at crepes: etc and Cafe Berlin:

crepes, etc: French Toast

Cafe Berlin: The Starving Artist

Cafe Berlin: Chilaquiles

It was so nice to stay with family, in a comfortable home, for more than one night.  Our visit was much too short, but luckily we’ll be seeing them in California soon.

L + A + Cali

Bowl of rocks - kids' favorite thing to play with at Auntie's L & Uncle D's house

Auntie L + the girls

We were also able to re-pack up the van during this stop, so that we could have a view through the rear window.

Re-packed van

Ready to go, we headed for our next stop: Fairfield, IA.

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