Even though I'd seen pictures of the Gateway Arch, I wasn't prepared for how beautiful and shiny it'd be in person. And boy oh boy, it sure was shiny! I swear, it got prettier and prettier from every new angle; I couldn't stop taking pictures. (It also didn't hurt that it was a perfect weekend with temperatures in the high 70s and cloudless blue skies.)
We decided to ride to the top of the arch to check out the views. I talked a big game of being fearless about the climb, but once I saw just how small the pod was that we'd be riding in, well I have to admit, I got a bit nervous.
Well, we made the 630ft. climb safely and arrived at the top. You guys, the views were AMAZING! My favorite pictures from the top are the ones where you can see the shadow of the arch down below.
And as much as I loved the Gateway Arch, I loved the surrounding park even more. I kept thinking just how awesome it'd be to run there while training for my next half marathon! It's seriously gorgeous!!
There was an event on Saturday in the park that encouraged families to get outside and be active. They had a course set up for the kids to buckle up and drive their "cars."
The best part was a little boy with a train car. Periodically, he'd blow the train whistle and push the train across the tracks. The kiddos would have to stop their cars and wait for the train to pass. I just couldn't stand the cuteness!
Check out all of the people doing yoga by the arch! What a fun Saturday to be out and about in the gorgeous St. Louis weather!!
There is quite a bit of construction happening downtown. They are building a new green space that will go over the interstate to connect downtown St. Louis to the Gateway Arch. It's going to be so awesome when it's done!
And finally, to close out my love affair with the Arch... Ladies and gentlemen, my best attempt at a photo of the two of us together. Nice try, Newton.
Get excited because tomorrow we're exploring Citygarden!
(I could have spent hours there)