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Road to Cedar Rapids, Hannibal, St Louis and Cape Girardeau by Ann Treacy
March 31, 2013, 10:52 pm
Filed under: Iowa, Missouri

OK I’ve been *terrible* about the blog and maybe I’ll go back and fill in the last few months – but today I’ll at least pick up to talk about our 2013 Spring Break. We drove down the New Orleans with Grandpa and back with Patrick.

The trip seemed a little ill fated at the onset. Poor Aine was sick – begging to stay home, which is very unlike Aine. I forgot my charger, so we had to go back. Grandpa forgot his sunglasses, so we had to go back. But after a series of false starts we were on the road. First stop – Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We had a fancy French lunch – well not really fancy, but pretty French.

Then we made a pit stop in Hannibal Missouri, boyhood home to Mark Twain (aka Samuel Clemens). We took some pictures at the commemorative lighthouse – which is kind of strange in that it way up on top of a hill. Kind of bad placing it seems for warding off ships on a stormy night. Seems like it might be more useful to low flying planes. It was fun to see the town. Most of us got an ice cream treat and Grandpa showed Aine how to play some brain teaser game at the ice cream parlor.

Three facts about Mark Twain:

  1. He was born in 1835 and the lighthouse was built 100 years later
  2. Twain was born and died during a visit from Halley’s comet.
  3. The name Mark Twain comes from his river boat days, it is the cry for a measured river depth of two fathoms

Next stop was St Louis. We had an old school Italian dinner on Italian Hill. We felt almost like interlopers when we were the only ones that the host didn’t know by name! Then we caught the big Arch as night was falling. It was cool – much more silvery than I expected.

Three facts about St Louis’ Gateway Arch:

  1. It is 630 feet tall
  2. It is 630 feet wide
  3. It was built from 1963-65

We spent the night in Cape Girardeau – a new town for us. Actually I think Missouri was a new state for the girls. So that’s always fun!

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