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Road trip: St. Louis Arch and City Museum, driving long hours takes its toll

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I love the unexpected. And today truly felt like an adventure. We passed the world's largest wind chime this morning in Illinois.  We stopped in Vandalia, Ill., to see the former capitol building where Abraham Lincoln did his first politicking as part of the Illinois General Assembly in 1834.

After the Arch and City Museum, we traveled to Kansas for the night and found a store called Nostalgiaville in Missouri. This store was loaded with blasts from the past...Betty Boop, The Three Stooges, Elvis, even Scooby Doo paraphernalia plastered every inch of this three store front shop. My daughter, Colie, was thrilled to find a pair of pink Elvis heart-shaped earrings for herself. And I could indulge in teaching a little historic pop-culture.

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