We’ve gotten our book stamped, had tours, and have been learning a bit of history along the way. Our first stop of the day was in St. Louis to see the Archway National Park. Boy, was it ever hot walking from our parking space to the park! Speaking of parking spaces, you should have seen how well Papa maneuvered that RV in the tiny space allotted to him. I was amazed and thrilled all at the same time. It was 97 with a heat index of 104 while we walked through this park. We melted.
From there we made our way to the Route 66 State Park. We drove through the park and ate our lunch all alone there. There’s quite a bit of history with this park, too. The visitor center is an old roadhouse that was built back in 1935 and it’s full of historical items. We had a fantastic time learning about the famous Route 66.
Then it was time to stop at the Fanning 66 Outpost. This is where First World’s Largest Rocking Chair is located. The one that beat this one is located in Casey, Ill and that’s the one we saw on our last trip out west. The outpost had some of Papa’s favorite things: fudge, candy, popcorn and soda. The popcorn comes in many different flavors and is all made right there. We sampled BBQ bacon popcorn, cheddar ranch and white cheddar. We walked out of the store with a bag of the bbq bacon and sea salt caramel. They also had a ginormous display of taffy! When I see taffy, I always think of Aunt Kara who loved her taffy. I bought a bag in her honor. ;)
Then we drove to the Pulaski County Visitor’s Center, and they gifted us with a little lapel pin, too! The sweet little lady convinced us that we must continue down Historic Route 66 and take a photo in front of the large Route 66 sign in front of the Court House. So, we did.
Our last stop of the day was at the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Museum. Papa really wished he could load the gas pump into the RV and bring it home with him.
Mimi stepped into a pothole while she and Papa were walking around the park they were in yesterday, and I fell flat on my face! Papa said, “It happened so fast! One minute you were standing next to me and then you were gone!” Oh goodness. Thankfully, no serious injuries; just a sore wrist, skinned knee and deflated pride.
Lastly, here’s a photo of our little tiny RV in the park next to the big ones. We had a good nights sleep and are ready to hit Route 66 and gather some more passport stamps.
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