A Day in St. Louis

The last time I was in St. Louis was 1993 and the Great Flood of ‘93 was underway. Our car was one of the last to cross the Mississippi as water lapped at the sides of the bridge and the famed St. Louis Arch was unreachable as the base was under water. On my recent…

Battle of Fort Davidson Historical Site

When it comes to the Civil War, the Pacific Northwest isn’t exactly dripping in history. So when I was in Missouri recently I didn’t want to pass up the chance to visit a battle site. I have visited a few battle sites along the Eastern Seaboard and those tend to consist of a big field…

Missouri’s Elephant Rocks State Park

It wouldn’t be a vacation for me without some sort of hike. So when I found myself in St. Louis recently visiting my good friend, Chris, his girlfriend, Jenna, wanted to take us to this strange rock formation located in southeast Missouri. While winding your way through dense forests of deciduous trees you start to…

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

Drive around the sprawling metropolis of St. Louis, Missouri and you are likely to see the Cathedral Basilica’s giant green dome in the distance. While the Cathedral is stunning on the outside in its own right, what is hidden in the interior is truly breathtaking. The 83,000 square foot building was built between 1907 and…

Exploring Titlow’s tide pools

One of my favorite classes in junior high might surprise folks if they know me well. I would never say that science was a strong point, as I was happy to just get a passing grade in those classes. But in junior high I voluntarily took marine biology twice as an elective. For a brief…

Our garden is planted and hopefully it grows

It’s been such a cold, wet spring that I’ve been unsure when I would plant our garden this year. We finally hit 70 degrees recently, so I figured I’d take the risk of planting and hope for the best. The past two years, we’ve just stuck a bunch of seeds in the ground without really…