St. Luis, MO - Olney, IL - Hillsoro, OH

Never been to St. Luis or seen the Gateway Arch. Scratch those off the bucket list.
I always imagined the structure to be bigger in person than in pictures. Don't get me wrong, it's still 620 feet tall, so it isn't small. When I saw it in person I was reminded of the National Monument because they both appear bigger in pictures and compare in size. The Gateway Arch is only 75 feet taller. Anyways it's still a spectacular site to see.

From up top you can see downtown St. Luis and Illinois passed the Mississippi River. It is very small up there and not a lot of room to move around. Speaking of not a lot room, the elevators are like little eggs that pack 5 people in. If you're claustrophobic, that could be a problem. 

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After we left St. Luis and drove through Illinois for a while, we stayed at a town called Olney. Apparently it's home to the white squirrel and sure enough we did find some in the park.

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Shoals, IN

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This is the Jug Rock, the largest balanced rock east of the Mississippi River. 

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Shoals, IN

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Madison, IN

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Cincinnati, OH

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Emporia, KS - Union, MO

After we crossed into Missouri, the trip began to feel more familiar to what I'm used to on the East Coast. More trees and green vegetation. This day was a stretch and couldn't find a lot to photograph along route 50. I had to bring out my phone and creatively search for interesting stopping points. Unfortunately sometimes you can only do so much. 

Points of interest were the Ragtime Museum,  a 2000 Foot Radio Tower, the Giant 8 Ball Water Tower, and Jefferson City.

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