It would not be hyperbole to say that The St. Louis Arch (properly known as the Gateway Arch) is one of the most easily recognized man-made monuments in the United States.
It’s a massive structure, one whose size you really can’t grasp from a distance. Completed in 1965, the Arch is the tallest man-made monument in the U.S. at 630 feet tall, and the second tallest freestanding monument in the world after the Eiffel Tower. (You can read a detailed history of the Arch, and a lot of downtown St. Louis, as well as some very detailed description of the Arch’s construction, here: http://interestingamerica.com/2011-04-09_Gateway_Arch_Architecture_by_R_Grigonis_41.html.)
Of course I had to get the Arch for the “monument” Scavenger Hunt location!
On a cold day in November (the same day that we found this awesome location), we headed over to the Arch grounds. We didn’t go for a Scavenger Hunt specifically (or I would have dressed with fewer layers to make getting the snap easier!) we actually went as bonafide tourists, showing my friend L around the city. B-u-u-u-t…well, y’all know me. It wasn’t far from my mind.
It was a cold, blustery day, the wind like a knife’s edge, and the sky such a deep, bright blue it was almost painful to look at. The Arch was beautiful against it.
(Click on the tiles to see the Arch in its glory.)
As we got closer, I knew I had to try to get a Scavenger Hunt. The cold had kept away the crowds that can usually be found there on a Saturday (though not everyone. I was surprised at how many people there were, wandering around.) Unfortunately, as we discovered, the Arch grounds and museum are under renovation.
A flash next to it, somewhat hidden from passersby, wasn’t going to happen, and there were too many people to manage it in the plaza or on the stairs. Then I saw a little hill off to the side. If I could stand at the crest of the hill, with my back to the Arch (and prying eyes)…it might just be possible for a quick flash!
It turned out that there were people on the downside of the hill that could easily look up and see me, so I had to be discreet, and I had to be fast. And it turned out that my sweatshirt and bra were quite a hindrance to both speed and getting a good flash. But…I finally manged it, even if it wasn’t quite as “monumental” a flash as I had hoped for!
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