Between Christmas and the beginning of the new year our family had a mini vacation in St. Charles, Missouri. It was such a pleasure to have our children and their families altogether for a few days. The nine grandchildren enjoyed time with their cousins.
We learned that Lewis and Clark left from St. Charles for the Corps of Discovery Expedition in 1804. The town has the Lewis and Clark Boat House Museum with boats that are a replica of ones used by the expedition. The museum elucidates the historical facts about St. Charles, the people of the town and the expedition.
As we walked around town we noted a number of sculptures of a large dog. Meriwether Lewis had a black Newfoundland dog that he brought along on the expedition.
The appearance of the town is reminiscent of New England towns, with quaint shops. St. Charles was the capitol city of Missouri in the years 1821 to 1826.
St. Charles is just outside of St. Louis so we also enjoyed the St. Louis zoo and museums (many have free admission).
The grandchildren had fun climbing on this bronze gorilla.
There was so much to see at the zoo. I only captured a few of the birds and animals.