Saint Louis is a favorite stop of our family’s on our drive from Oklahoma to New York. It is about 4.5 hours from the Oklahoma eastern border. We usually stop for an early dinner or a late lunch. There are several restaurants in the riverfront district to choose from. We were boring and just ate at Subway, but everyone got what they liked! 🙂  The St. Louis Arch on the riverfront is a must see, especially the free Louis and Clark museum under the base of the arch. According to, “The structure was built as a monument to the vision of Thomas Jefferson and St. Louis’ role in the westward expansion of the United States.”  The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial includes the arch, the museum and the park surrounding the arch. It was named after President Thomas Jefferson who was involved in the Louisiana Purchase and was instrumental in sending Lewis and Clark on their expedition to explore the American West. The museum, which is based on the diaries of Lewis and Clark, has a lot of information to read at each display, so I would plan on spending a couple hours if you have time to really get an understanding of Lewis and Clark’s journey. Park rangers are available to give informative lectures about the different displays. The gift shop is large and has a lot of educational gifts to purchase. A candy/old time type general store offers candies and replicas of toys from the early days of America. There is a ride to the top of the arch, which takes you on a ride inside egg shaped capsules to the inside of the top of the arch. The view from the top is magnificent, but I would not go to the top in the middle of summer as we did, as the temperature in the small observation room and in the capsules was close to unbearable. I guess it is hard to pump air conditioning all the way to the top of the arch!



I Love Where I Live-Part III

These three women have very different experiences, where they grew up, and where they live now. However, they are all happy where they are. Great stories!

Marilyn R. Gardner

One of my friends from years ago—a friend who grew up in France and now lives in Canada—recently wrote on her facebook wall: I may not have gone where I intended to go…But I think I’ve ended up where I intended to be. I think that sums up Gloria’s, Sabine’s and Heather’s stories too. Each of these three women is exactly where they were meant to be!

Gloria P

I grew up in South Korea and moved to study in America at age 19 right after high school graduation. I’ve lived in Riverside, CA and Tucson, AZ.

Right now I live in Manhattan, KS with two beautiful girls, a somewhat boring but loving husband and a little Doxin boy, Boots.

  1. I love tranquility and small town feeling in Manhattan.
  2. I’d say it’s pretty safe here to raise kids and family.
  3. I love what K State offer for people here…

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Rainforest Adventure (well, sort of..)


Fun and maybe troubling facts about tropical rainforests:

-They cover about 6 percent of the earth’s surface, but MORE than half of the world’s animal and plant species live there!

-They recycle and clean water

-Tropical rainforests remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

-We get many of the foods we eat from the rainforests such as: Brazil nuts, Macadamia nuts, bananas, plantains, pineapple, cucumber, cocoa (chocolate), coffee, tea, avocados, papaya, guava, mango, cassava (a starchy root), tapioca, yams, sweet potato, okra, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, mace, ginger, cayenne pepper, cloves, oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, passion fruit, peanuts, rice, sugar cane, and coconuts.

– 70 percent of the anti-cancer plants identified so far are rain forest plants.

-Almost half of the Earths’ native forests have been cut down, and each year more than 30 million acres are lost.

-Tropical rainforests are not one ecosystem, but hundreds of ecosystems all working together.

We visited a local “tropical rainforest” at our zoo and enjoyed seeing some of the species of plants and animals that call the rainforest home. We left with an awareness of how fragile these ecosystems are.






Bento Box, Yummy!



We had quite a treat a few days ago when we went to a Japanese/Korean restaurant. We made ourselves comfortable on “floor seating” (chairs without legs, a low table, and a secret cut-out area under the table below floor level for your legs). Very ingenious! I don’t think that the Japanese actually eat that way traditionally, but it was great I didn’t have to kneel the whole time. The food was beautifully presented, and delicious. I got a picture of the Bento Box, but the other food was mostly eaten before I remembered about the camera. My daughter’s arm got in the picture; she couldn’t wait to eat! We love to try different foods and ways of eating. This was our first “low table” experience. The restaurant only provided chopsticks for eating, which was fun, but a little challenging when eating the rice. What are some of your favorite cultural eating experiences? I would love to hear about them!