Stay awed at the Gateway Arch, the iconic symbol and beckoning National Monument in our home town of St. Louis. It’s easy to be awed, in fact, because this 630-feet, stainless steel marvel, is, according to Wikepedia, the world’s tallest arch, the tallest person-made monument in the Western Hemisphere and Missouri’s tallest accessible building. It was also particularly glisten-y one recent morning. This is a view from the new Southern entrance, still under construction at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Gonna be very nice when done. Go down and walk around the area if you haven’t lately. And may you have a bright, bright, sunshiny day. [Photo by Walt Jaschek. © StayAwed.com]
Here’s how October manifests itself at a spot on Fine Arts Drive in St. Louis, atop Art Hill, in front of the wonderful St. Louis Art Museum in equally wonderful Forest Park. The blooms of the native plants, saints themselves, seem to strain to see the march of King Louis IX of France. Saints be praised. [Photo by Walt Jaschek, ©StayAwed.com]
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“Wait til you see where all this water is coming from,” said a man hiking back down from Hanging Lake, along Dead Horse Creek, which flows down Glenwood Canyon, Colorado, from a dazzling aqua pool. He was saying that to us as encouragement — because the one-mile hike up is one of the most rigorous we’ve ever experienced: steep, with rocky, uneven terrain. Recommended techniques: bring lots of water, travel light, and stop frequently to catch breath. Don’t be in hurry. And, yes, it’s worth it. Hanging Lake, about 10 miles east of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on 1-70, is, in two words, a geologic wonder. We spent a lot of time there. Just hanging. [Photo by Walt Jaschek. © StayAwed.com]