Archive for July, 2005

Sunday and the Road Home

After checking out of the hotel, we headed off to worship at South Telegraph Christian Church. I think this is the same church we visited several years ago, but when we arrived at the address we found a Walgreens! We called the church and learned that they are now several miles from their original location. We headed down the road again and found their new facility. They had a youth service as well as an adult contemporary service.

South Telegraph Christian Church moved into their new location in April. We found the congregation to be very friendly. Both the minister and the building manager offered to house us in their facility when we’re in this area again.

After morning worship we drove down by the river where we enjoyed the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (better known as the Gateway Arch) and the Museum of Westward Expansion. Tourism soon gave way to hunger (and the desire to shop) so we took a quick trip over to the St. Louis Galleria. We didn’t find any Chinese food for Bobby, but everyone ate their fill anyway. A few more hours on the road, and we were safe and sound back in the Valley.

Thanks to everyone who helped us along the way with our fundraisers!

Six Flags, Pt. 2

Everyone slept late Saturday. After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we made our way over to Hurricane Harbor for some fun in the sun at the Six Flags’ water park. A day in the water certainly gives one an appetite, and our group was ravenous by the time we arrived at a restaurant for a late lunch/early supper.

Ronnie and I have been trying to get Bobby to try Chinese food since our walk through Chinatown during last year’s New York trip. We devised a plan whereby we would each select a buffet item for Bobby to try. This was with the understanding though, that we would only choose things that we liked ourselves. Bobby looked skeptically at a couple of our choices, but he was a good sport about it and played along. He wasn’t extremely enthusiastic, but he finally admitted that our choices were “okay”. His lack of enthusiasm earned him the nickname “Chop Suey”, and for the rest of the trip we kept asking if he was ready for more Chinese food.

After supper we headed back into Six Flags for our last shot at the rides. I had challenged Bobby to a round in the bumper cars, but he mysteriously disappeared as soon as we got into the park. (Bobby said that he didn’t want to embarrass me, but I think that he was just afraid to take me on in bumper car competition.)

Six Flags, St. Louis

What a long drive! St. Louis is only about 6 hours away, but it sure seems a lot longer when we leave at 3:00 in the morning.

When we arrived in St. Louis, we headed straight for Six Flags. Amanda, Becky, Tedrick, and Tadricka had never ridden a roller coaster before, so we eased them in gently on the River King Mine Train before graduating to larger rides like the Screamin’ Eagle and the Boss.

After lunch at the Mooseburger Lodge, part of the group headed for the hotel leaving the rest of us to brave the thrills and chills of Batman, Ninja, and Mr. Freeze. St. Louis was unusually hot this time of year, so frozen lemonade and Icees were the order of the day.