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St. Louis, Missouri Day 1/2

This week we are on vacation with my in-laws. My wife and mother in law decided they wanted to go to St. Louis, Missouri. We left around 10:30 am. We drove for maybe an hour and a half and stopped for lunch at Arby’s. Needles to say say not my favorite place to eat… but it could have been worse and it was for the greater good.

Once we were back on the road we stopped at O’ Fallen Brewery. They make a seasonal pumpkin beer that is very good. They have other flavor variations of the pumpkin beer. The pretzels we had were really good. So we decided to stop by and sample some other beers. We tried almost all over the beers they had on tap and some starter plates to try. And of course bought beer to take to the AIRBNB we rented.

When we arrived at the rental house; we realized we were in a rough neighborhood. It was a very nice house in a historic building and in a historic neighborhood. Not like founding fathers historic but still historic int its own right. When we unloaded the truck and took everything upstairs we realize it was very hot upstairs. It had been set to 89 degrees and it was 98 degrees outside. So we turned it down and went to dinner.

For dinner we went to The Vine Mediterranean Cafe. The cafe was maybe a five minute walk from were we were staying. We walked there a little before it got dark. The service was not great, we had to track down the waiter a few times to place our order. The staff was knowledgeable but that only goes so far. They messed up our order a little. Soup instead of salad. But we dealt with it. The food was over cooked. Chicken was very dry and rice was crunchy. So we finished the food that was edible and paid the bill and left.

At this point it was dark out. While we were waiting for dinner my mother in law took our daughter down the street and saw a couple performing life music. Mostly, guitar and singing. So after dinner we went back and watched some more. We let our daughter put a couple dollars in their tip guitar case. Our daughter loves the music and was dancing and was having fun. But like typical city with high crime we had a close call and almost got my wife’s purse.

So… the story. There were a group of two people trying to steal our stuff. A woman started hovering around my wife and standing behind her and not paying attention to the music or clapping when the song was over. When I walked over she walked away saying she didn’t have time for this. There was another man standing on the far side of the group where my step father was standing and playing with a toy fishing rod to try and draw our daughter over in order to get me to step away from my wife. So we walked off and they started following us down the street. We crossed over and we looked back to see where they were. They started yelling “What are you f**kers looking at”. So we kept walking and started turning the corner to our street. We noticed they had crossed the street and were walking towards us. So we turned around and I took us down an alley. Yes! It was a dark alley. But! It was dark and I wasn’t worried about them seeing us down there. Our daughter was feeling our because it was dark. I just wanted to make it back to the house.

We made it back to the house and it was about nine o’clock pm. Gave our daughter a bath and opened the windows, as it was still over 85 degrees. We were all in bed, sweating, and heard several gun shots. So,all and all it was an interesting night.

Beaver Creek, Colorado Day 8

Today we drove home from Colorado. We drove all ten and half hours. Of course we had to take numerous stops for gas and stretch our legs. For the most part things went well. Until we dropped off grandma and grandpa. We stopped at there house and had pizza for dinner before making the last hour and half to our house.

Beaver Creek, Colorado Day 7

This was our last day at Beaver Creek, Colorado. We kind of hung out and shopped down in the village in the morning. Looked in a lot of the same shops but didn’t buy anything.

They had adventure activities for kids and adults. Mostly like a trampoline, mini golf and panning for gems. There was a family with younger daughters that did it too. But they wakes away after awhile and left a lot of stones and sharks teeth in their pan. who would leave a shark teeth behind?! We helped our selves to what they left behind. We let our daughter pan for stones since she was to little for the trampoline and mini golf. She was nervous at first but she enjoyed it.

Every day we walked huh this pizza place called Blue Moose Pizza. It was closed most of the time we were there because of renovations. There was a lot of stuff they didn’t have since they were still in the process of opening. The pizza was really good. Worth the visit.

Of course we had to go play in the creek after lunch.

We decided to go back to the condo and relax after the creek. My wife was going to take a nap and parents were in their room relaxing. My wife only got sleep for maybe twenty minutes. So we decided to go down into the village and get cookies at 3:00. They bake fresh cookies every afternoon and serve them at 3:00.

Cookies with Benjamin Franklin

Picking Abraham Lincolns nose. Because why not?

For dinner we went back to the restaurant Hooked. It is a sea food place. Surprisingly it wasn’t as good this time. The food was over cooked. Even the rice balls! Who would have thought?! I had the Wago steak and it was charred on the outside and medium on the inside. For a $40 steak I expected better. It had a drizzle sauce that was really good.

Our daughter was extremely tired because she just stays so active on vacations and doesn’t sleep as much. She did not want to sit still and fall asleep like she did last time we were there. So my dad and I took turns walking outside with her. It wouldn’t have been so bad if there wasn’t a live band playing twenty yards from the front door of the restaurant. So we took turns sitting and watching the band.

Beaver Creek, Colorado Day 6

This morning we went to the Betty Ford Alpine Garden. It helps promote alpine conservation. The park it self is very large. They have a park area for kids, an out door theatre, tennis courts and a creek. Of course our daughter wanted to go in the creek and play but we didn’t bring any extra clothes or anything to dry our feet.

We were at the gardens for almost two hours. We decided to get some lunch. The gardens themselves were in Vail where we had been shopping just a couple days earlier. So we decided to go back in to vail and grab some lunch. We decided to eat at Garfunkel’s. Apparently it’s quite the place. Lots of celebrity photos with autographs with personalized messages for the restaurant.

We walked around and looked at a few shops, but many of them were ones we had back in Beaver Creek. After some lunch we went back to the resort and went swimming.

For dinner we made dinner in our condo. We just made pizza with bread we had and pasta sauce, sausage, beef and mushrooms. There were really good. We ate them to fast to take any pictures.

Beaver Creek, Colorado Day 5

This morning my dad and I went fly fishing. I figured it’s a very Colorado thing to do other than skiing or hunting. Since we weren’t there to ski or hunt…… We had our fishing license but we were doing catch and release. The company we used was Gore Creek Fly Fisherman. We were able to rent all the equipment we needed for just the half day trip.

When we went to go park the car there was a dog walking in the middle of the street. So we made a leash out of straps and walked him to a safe area.

The first spot we were at was a short walk from where we parked the guides car. The water was pretty cold and the rocks made it slippery. We did ok at the first spot. I maybe caught one fish and my dad has gotten a number of bites but they kept running off with the fly.

We hiked at least a mile up stream to change our luck. I managed to catch three more fish. My dad still had the same problem. Over all we fished for about four hours. For us it was just nice to do something outdoors and do something relaxing.

After we got back to condo we meet up with my mom and my wife and daughter. They had went swimming while the men were out catching dinner. Sort of! Catch and release of course! So since we wanted to stick with the seafood theme we went and had lunch at a place called Hooked. Our daughter has been exhausted and feel asleep during lunch. She has been sleeping well at night but she hasn’t been wanting a nap unless she crashes in her own so we just let her sleep when ever she crashes.

Since the girls all went swimming in the morning we decided to just hang out in the village. So of course our daughter loves to go over and touch the bronze statues and high five them that always adds time to every where we go. Today she brought her tickle me Elmo.

So Elmo had to join in the fun as well. At this point we had thought about doing a series on the adventures of a tickle me Elmo. But another day. When we got to the creek there was an activity camp at the creek that Beaver Creek operates so kids can be entertained while parents ski or what not.

Of course we had to play in the fountain on the way back to the condo. By the time we were done she was soaking wet. We were surprised she decided to go in because the water was really cold and the rocks well didn’t feel so good on our feet or at least mine.

My wife and I decided to have a date night tonight since we don’t get them very often and since grandma and grandpa were there to watch her. We went to the Italian place. Toscanini. Which doing this worked really well because we didn’t have to drive anywhere and we could both have a few drinks. While we were eating we saw my parents on the far side of the ice scaring ring with our daughter just watching people ice skate. They went and had gelato. We were going to order dessert but nothing jumped out at us so we ordered after dinner drinks. So after that we walked down to The Dusty Boot Saloon for dessert. We were both for sure under the influence but it was fun. When we got back our daughter had been bathed and in her pajamas.

Beaver Creek, Colorado Day 4

Today we went to Vail, Colorado. Vail was only a fifteen minute drive from the condo and Beaver Creek. For the most part we just shopped. It seems like many of the shops at Beaver Creek were also at Vail. The only difference was the stores were just bigger at Vail. The shopping area at Vail was large. Very much like an outdoor mall. But, again in each section many of the same shops. A few of the same restaurants, but also a few that were different.

For lunch we ate at a place called Alpenrose. It’s a German/Austrian place. My wife loves German food so when we find a new German place we give it a try. We all really enjoyed it. The web site doesn’t show the lunch menu.

After lunch we went back to the condo and went swimming. Surprise surprise!

Since today was my moms birthday we let her pick what we had for dinner. We had Mexican food at Coyote Cafe. It was really good.