Tuesday, July 26, 2011

St Louis!

As some of you know, we took off for St Louis with my sister and her family for the weekend. The kids had gotten their Read to Succeed certificates in the spring, which gave us free admission to Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor - yay for free! We decided to stay overnight and see a few sights...which ended up being only one....but was so much fun, anyway!

We spent most of Saturday at Hurricane Harbor. It was so hot, I couldn't imagine staying in the main park - but a lot of people did! We enjoyed the wave pool a lot, and the kiddie area was very nice with the exception of multiple exits...my 4-year-old niece got separated from us for about 45 minutes and checked herself into Lost and Found! :O By the time my sister found her, the workers knew her full name, how old she was, what her parents' names were and where she lived - as worried as we had been, we were all very impressed with her informative abilities! ;) What can I say, she's a Craker!

We went back to the hotel to eat sandwiches and rest about 4. We headed back to the park about 6, thinking it would be cooling off as the sun set. Well, it was cooler, but not much. I can't remember the last time I was so sweaty! But regardless, we still enjoyed it all. We rode Batman, The Ninja, Pandemonium, Superman, Tidal Wave and Collossus. The kids played and rode the things in Looney Toons Town, and the big girls rode Mr. Freeze. We all really enjoyed Scooby Doo's Monster Chase. And the little ones were thrilled to meet Bugs Bunny and Shaggy. We stayed till closed and danced our way back to the car - they play some great dance music in this park! ;D

We took our time getting around Sunday. We decided to go to the Anheuser Busch Brewery tour. I had gone on it on my senior trip, but Kelly had never done it. We were all impressed. This family business has created a legacy rivaled by none, and whether you drink their product, you know their name. Over 150 years of planning, growing, striving for excellence, and surviving the Prohibition has made this company learn and grow and become the one of the greatest companies in the world. And don't forget about the Clydesdales!

Some little known facts about Anheuser Busch/Budweiser:
-it is an all natural product, the five ingredients being, rice, hops, barley malt, water and yeast.
-Adolphus Busch studied and implemented pasteurizing in his brewery even before the milk industry began to do so.
-Budweiser was the first nationally distributed beer.
-The Budweiser Clydesdales were first introduced to the public on April 7, 1933, to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition. One of the first cases of Budweiser to be delivered was to FDR at the White House as a thank you for his support of the repeal.
The recipe yeast starter from 1876 is under lock and key at the St Louis brewery, and is still used today. So basically, their guarantee is that their beer from the first batch will taste exactly like their brew from today.

We were there for almost 3 hours, and the kids didn't complain once - well, except for the smell! But that was fine with me. I just told the boys when they were offered their first beer, just remember the smell from the brewery and say no! :D

We had lunch at Steak N Shake and talked about what was next. The plan had been to head to the St Louis Arch, but we all decided we had had enough fun for one weekend. We had a 3 hour drive ahead of us, and it was already 4:30. It was a great weekend, and I can't wait to go back again. St Louis has so much to offer, and two trips in the last year hasn't even touched it. We are very blessed to have such an awesome destination so close to home!

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