Gateway To The West

Earlier this week I was in St. Louis for work which was exciting because most of the Midwest is uncharted territory for me.  As I like to do anytime I’m visiting a new city, I went for an early morning run.  I was lucky enough to have company this time as two of my colleagues were just as eager as me to check out some morning views of the Arch before sitting all day at our meeting.


Early morning selfies with Laura and Arianne


Since we were staying downtown it was super convenient to find our way around, other than a bit of construction that made our search for the entrance to the Arch just a bit confusing.


Beautiful morning view of St. Louis

We first ran over Eads Bridge which connects St. Louis, Missouri to Illinois.  We thought it was very cool to say that we ran all the way to Illinois.  As I later learned, the bridge connects to a city called East St. Louis, Missouri (I find that so odd!) and (if only we knew) it is the home to the Gateway Geyser which is the second tallest fountain in the world.  eads-bridgeIt was built to complement the St. Louis Arch and spews water up to 630 feet to meet the height of the Arch. The Eads Bridge was built in 1874 and is on the list of National Historic Places as a landmark.  It was tall and I can see why–to accommodate steam boats that would make their way down the Mississippi River.


Happy to be out playing tourist!

We took some photos of the Arch from the other side of the bridge–pretty spectacular view!  If only a steamboat drove by!

We meandered our way back into the city and into Archway Park to take in the spectacular view of the enormous structure. Certainly puts the Washington Monument to shame!  It was even difficult to get a full shot of the entire structure up close. Photo credits for the morning shots go out to my colleague, Arianne, who was sweet enough to snap some photos of me running without me knowing!  What a great way to start the morning.

The following day after our meeting ended I walked down to the Arch again with some other colleagues.


The arch reminds of a rainbow shining brightly over this beautiful old Catholic church


We snapped a few more photos before heading over to the baseball game with colleagues–Cubs vs. Cardinals (Cubs won).  Perfect weather, great meeting and some good Midwestern fun built in.  ‘Til next time…meet me in St. Louis!






About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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