If you are having a bad day, here's an adorable photo of my 🐕 Madison. She enjoys short walks to and from the backyard, car rides, and going #daydrinking on patios around St. Louis. Civil Life Brewing has an awesome patio! You can boop her nose if you want. *BOOP* #becivil#boopmynose
I've crossed under this bridge in canoes and kayaks many times, but yesterday was my first time there on foot. A friend and I rode the River Trail from the Arch all the way north to this landmark. It's awesome. If you have a bike, you should ride this trail. Along the way there were countless opportunities for exploring and taking photographs. We saw rad public art sculptures and peeked in abandoned buildings, some that were preserved and some that weren't. They'd instead become canvases for graffiti artists. We passed Cement Land- art in progress that I hope will someday be completed. We passed industries that are otherwise invisible from normal routes I'd take. We viewed water treatment facilities, mills, junk piles, junk yards, factories and countless shipping containers. We also rode through a beautiful park in North City that gets little attention from the St. Louis Parks Department, but always has fisherman along its shoreline. On this day, it was filled with families taking advantage of the green space in their neighborhood. We crossed the historic bridge and found marsh lands on the other side and watched catfish swim below in the shallow water. Best of all, we saw the Mississippi River many times in many different lights. We saw a crew of paddlers in a big red canoe ferrying across the river to one of its many wild islands. These islands are home to eagle nests, coyote dens, and all sorts of other flora and fauna.
If you think St. Louis is boring, you haven't looked hard enough. There are wild spaces and places all around us. You just have to #gooutside and #explorestl .
TGS->River Trail->Old Chain of Rocks Bridge->Back
The North Gateway of the @gatewayarchnps has reopened as a part of the massive @cityarchriver renovation project. The entire Arch project is set to be fully complete by end of 2017.
April 15, 2017. St Louis, Missouri
I've been on such a burger kick lately. This massive burger was covered in BBQ onions, pineapple, and cheese. I would say that Stacked was a hidden gem, but with over 300 Yelp reviews, I guess the secret is out. 😋
No. 6 was the first number retired by the Cardinals and will forever belong to Stanley Frank Musial. Playing his entire career with only the Cardinals and a .331 batting avg. over 22 seasons, he retired holding 17 MLB records, including 1st in hits (3,630) and 2nd in home runs (475) and was never ejected from a game. He played in 24 All-Star games, won 7 batting titles, 3 MVPs and elected to the Hall of Fame. On top of being a baseball God, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the US highest civilian honor. The list of baseball and lifetime achievements are endless, I guess that's how you get a statue with a view!
I was locked up in the hospital for two weeks then trapped by my oxygen leash for another month. Finally able to get back into the world and explore again. Had a wonderful messy burger lunch and beers at @StackedSTL in #Carondelet and found this #mural on a sexy brick building. It's hard going out in public looking different than before-happy to be done with my oxygen tanks. What are you happy about?
Last night I was able to attend an amazing art exhibit in STL. If you're in the area until May 20th, I highly encourage you to go! I had the great pleasure of meeting one of the artists and I kind of gave him a mini interview since I'm so interested in art. I'll be working on that post today and it should go live tomorrow to stay tuned for that!
Anyways, #takingittothestreets is kind of supposed to bring us to awareness of what's going on in STL, the country and the world. The artist I spoke with drew his inspiration from Ferguson, and he wants people to realize their impact on our future generations. He included tiny details that symbolize a lot (a jail cell embedded in the collar of a turtleneck on a young boy) and I was taken aback at how much detail and thought went into his work. I quite literally got goosebumps.
This was the most impactful art exhibit I've been to yet. Don't miss it. On display at the @kranzbergarts center! #kacgallery