While Turkey, Bunny, and Ladybug were at choir camp last week, Moose, Chickadee, and I looked for some fun things to do to help pass the time. One of our excursions was the result of a promise years in the making…we rode the red line of the St. Louis MetroLink from one end (Shiloh-Scott) to the other (Lambert Airport Terminal 1) and back again!
We’ve talked about doing this for years, and it was something Moose especially was interested in, so I figured the timing was perfect, especially since he and Chickadee are both currently still eligible for the 1/2 price child fare! We’ve never been to the Shiloh-Scott station before, so that was interesting in and of itself, as it has two separate stations, one for public access, and one for Scott Air Force Base personnel.
We were pretty much the only passengers on the train when we started out, and we saw many people come and go as we rode.
When we got to the airport, we went inside (as far as you’re allowed without a ticket, anyway), and were pleased to find the Cakeway to the West cake from the STL250 year still on display:
And then we got back on the train in the other direction. We weren’t alone at the beginning of the trip this time, but by the time we got back to Shiloh-Scott, we had the whole train to ourselves again!
So that’s it for our MetroLink adventure. The round-trip took us about three hours altogether, and I think we traveled close to 80 total miles back and forth. It was a nice was to spend a hot day (we were so thankful for the air conditioning on the train!), and we had a fun time seeing different parts of St. Louis as we sped by. I’m glad this was a promise that was finally kept!
This morning, we took a field trip to Cahokia Mounds, something we try to do around Thanksgiving most years. Chickadee enjoyed the climb to the top of Monk’s Mound, but she was a little reluctant to make the descent!
A few years later, and Chickadee still gets excited when we see a “Cakeway to the West” installation when we’re out and about!
When we were in Springfield, we came across a few pieces from the “Hats Off to You, Mr. Lincoln!” art project Springfield hosted in 2009, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birthday of Honest Abe:
We only saw three hats, but it was kind of like being back on our Cakeway to the West cake hunt last year, and the children loved it!
We spent a couple of hours this morning walking around downtown Belleville, looking at details on familiar buildings, and discovering a few new places, too. As we were leaving, I decided to see if the St. Clair County Historical Society Victorian Home Museum Cakeway to the West installation was still in place, so Chickadee could see it again. It was:
She still gets excited anytime she sees one of those big cakes around town!
Today we went strawberry picking at Eckert’s, and Dolly came along. She certainly fared better than Chickadee, who was quite stained by the time we were done! While we were there, we also walked around, and saw some animals…plus the Stl250 cake, which we were glad to see out and in good condition!
Maybe next month, Dolly will get to go blackberry picking with Chickadee!
I love that even over a year after our cake hunt began, I can still have an Stl250 cake to share!
The Missouri School for the Blind received one of the official cakes (originally located at the Green Center), via auction/donation after the celebratory year ended, and repainted it. The painting was done mostly by students from the school, with the help of a well-known Stl250 cake artist and one of the tireless Stl250 volunteers. I especially love the braille on the cake!
So, it’s an official cake in that it is one of the fiberglass cakes created for the event, but it’s unofficial because the school wasn’t one of the original locations, and it no longer has its original paint job. I’m so glad that it didn’t end up in a dumpster, and instead went to a location I thought deserved a cake in the first place!
One year ago today, our big Stl250 “Cakeway to the West” cake hunt began. We still hadn’t realized that we would attempt (and eventually succeed!), to find all of the cakes (that decision was made on March 15th of last year, if you were wondering, when Ryan posed it as a challenge that I could not back down from), but this cake at Eckert’s was the first one we went looking for, and one of the closest cakes to our home.
It’s the third month of 2015, and I do still miss our cake-hunting trips…it was a great way to celebrate St. Louis’ birthday, and get to know the history of the city even better!