Tag: Saint Louis

Through the Gateway

Last weekend we made a trip to St. Louis and Columbia. In St. Louis we saw the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra perform the Top 99 Concert. The first half was terrific, beginning with Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro Overture, then Strauss' On the Beautiful Blue Danube, followed by Mendelssohn's Reformation Symphony 5 (Ein Feste Burg ist Unser Gott), and my favorite Holst's The Planets Jupiter. I would have left at intermission if I knew just how boring it would be… Bernstein's Candide Overture, Beethoven's Romance 2 in F Major, Dvorak's From the New World Symphony 9, and Tchaikovsky's Marche Slave. Tchaikovsky's okay, but with the Beethoven and Dvorak were so unbelievably slow, and the Candide being only so-so, I wasn't caring too much.

Saturday was fun. Up the Gateway Arch and to the Missouri Botanical Gardens that was hosting a Chinese Culture festival. We met up with Hoyt's grand-aunt and shared our wedding/honeymoon albums, then burnt to a nice crisp walking around the gardens and watching a Chinese parade. We hightailed it to Columbia to visit a good friend staying up very late sharing our pictures again. Sunday we walked around the Mizzou campus and enjoyed an organic restaurant, bookstore, and custard shop. After watching Drop Dead Gorgeous, we drove back, slightly pinker than when we left and feeling pretty good and tired.

A few pictures from the trip, but still on the camera for now…

Six Flags!!

Yesterday we went to Six Flags: St. Louis. It was a beautiful day, opening day for the theme park, and we got there an hour early, but just has the gates were opening for parking. I have to say that the first day a theme park opens (not the premier though) has to be the best time to go! It was sunny and warm, and not a lot of people. The longest wait was the last ride we went on, and it wasn't even worth the fifteen minutes. All the coasters took less than five minutes, and most we just stood at the gate for the next car to come by. I think my favorite was the Batman ride, we went on that first and second to last. I really enjoyed how smooth the Boss (I believe…) was, and a couple of the other rides. We even went on the slow rides like the train (of course) that went around the park and the Ferris Wheel. It's a fun little park!

We'll end up going again, probably to the ones in Oklahoma as they are the next closest (or maybe it's Greater America in Chicago area?). I say this with confidence as I bought season passes… I hope it was worth it! I am looking forward to going to a waterpark this summer though, it seems like it gets hot in Kansas! I love that Hoyt will go out and do things like this with me, even if I am paying for everything right now. Ugh… money… but oh so exciting!