As we were on our way to Indianapolis, IN, we stopped at Tulsa, OK, and here, St.Louis, Missouri. We stopped downtown along the marvelous Mississippi River, sturdy green trees, tall buildings, and cheerful people. And if you looked across the Mississippi River, you could see a whole new state, Illinois.
In downtown. Missouri, we looked at the enormous and historic Gateway Arch. My family and I were in awe, and you could see that 630-foot arch miles away! My dad made reservations for us to go up IN it. I already thought it was tall and amazing outside, I didn't think I could go up there! But I kept quiet and pretended I was brave. I started feeling nauseous, but super excited at the same time. After a quick dinner at a place nearby, and a carriage ride, it was time. Fortunately, the river calmed me down a bit with its’ peaceful shhh noise. Then our family was led into an underground building and it felt as if we were boarding a plane. We went through some long tunnels, got a whip of rules and information, and some boarding passes. Each group got a specific number and no more than five people could fit into a shuttle. Those shuttles must be tiny! Is what I thought. Good thing we were a family of five but the fifth was a baby so it would sit on my mom’s lap. We got to the stations with the shuttles in them. It was just stairs going straight down, with slanted shuttles next to it. Other groups were still about to come out so we had to wait.
The time got shorter and shorter as my heart started pumping more and more. I hugged my dad closely as it was finally time. Everyone came out either amazed or regretful. Some warned us and some encouraged us. We went into the tiny shuttle. It was circular/round, with two chairs on each side, and one in between. I sat as calm as I could when another young man came in with us since we had an extra seat. It took about 5-7 minutes until we finally go to the top. In the meantime, the man and our family talked. My mom had her eyes closed and my baby brother clutched on her lap. I was actually pretty brave and happy by then. We heard a beep and then the shuttle suddenly stopped. The door opened and we carefully stepped out to some stairs. We went up the stairs and we saw a long narrow slanted hallway with windows on the sides. It felt like you were about to fall off the earth! I rushed to one of the windows, and I saw the most beautiful view my eyes had ever seen. Tall building soared, the Cardinals’ stadium nearby shined brightly, and people were like tiny specks. On the other side was the river and Illinois. I couldn’t stop taking pictures and videos. I was so sad and didn’t want to leave, but slowly I walked down the stairs and back into the shuttle with my family. This time, a different man was there and he told us that he had traveled all around the world and gone onto some of the highest elevations, the crazy thing was that he was probably in his 70’s or 80’s! The man said he was here when they finished building the GAteway Arch!
At the bottom, the night sky was drizzled with stars and my family and I were proud of the amazing thing we had just done. Next stop, Indianapolis!
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Hi! My name is Ximena and I’m a 13 year old girl who loves to hand letter, make art, and share my passions with others. I hope you are here to stay and find something that’s for you on my blog. :)