I was very nervous leaving the house Friday - its only the second time I have spent more than a few hours away from my kids (and last time I was only an hour away). Once I got in the car I was feeling pretty relaxed - some of you may not know but I am terrified of flying. I was doing great right up until I pulled up to the airport and a plane takes off right over top of my car. The nerves were back in full force! I was nervous about security - I was afraid they would take my stick from me because they saw it as "club-like," they inspected it VERY thoroughly but finally let me get through with it - Thank Goodness! After waiting for quite a while I was on the plane to Chicago - the flight was rather uneventful and I was feeling good when I landed in Chicago. After a quick lunch at Chili's in the airport I was on my last flight for the day to St Louis. This was a much bigger plane and that seemed to make the flight easier for me. I even took pictures!
Upon arriving in St Louis I took the MetroLink from the airport to the stop at 8th and Pine (my hotel was at 4th and Pine.) I was surprised at how easy the train was - its DEFINITELY the way to go if you need to get from the airport to downtown and don't have a ton of baggage. It cost me less than $7 round trip - much cheaper than the airport shuttles or a taxi! I love the feel of a new big city - I am frequently just in awe of all the cool architecture and culture and St Louis was no different. I snapped a few pictures on my way to the hotel. I was pleasantly surprised by the room at my hotel - I was on the 21st floor and the room was awesome with a great view!
And, did I mention the VIEW?!?!
After dropping off my luggage and enjoying the view for a few minutes I headed over to packet pick up at the expo. I was pleased to find it wasn't too far of a walk. Nothing too exciting at the expo, a few freebies and merchandise for purchase. I was also able to get my ankle taped by a guy with KT tape - thank goodness it worked out perfectly for the half on Sunday. I don't have the greatest pics of our group at the expo, but here are a few expo pictures.
|Borrowed from "Wells L" because its so much better than mine!|
I had intended to write much more tonight but I am falling asleep typing this entry so the other details will have to wait.