After a beyond delicious lunch in Kansas City, we got back on the road for that day’s final destination: St. Louis. I hadn’t really read much about the city before we left on the trip, so I wasn’t really too excited about touring the town once we got there.
But Jeff forced me out of the hotel room and I was definitely glad he did! We headed downtown and were able to see the St. Louis Arch and tour the beautifully crafted (and free!) westward expansion museum beneath the arch. Call me a nerd, but I love museums. I could have wandered through the entire thing for hours, reading each diary entry of Lewis and Clark, the dust bowl, and native american relations. I guess that’s why I’m a teacher!
The next day, we opted for a brief layover in Charleston, West Virginia, before making the final 3 hour drive into Blacksburg, Virginia on Day 7. We were getting pretty excited at this point–we even pulled over in a gas station and hiked up a hill to take a picture on the side of the freeway of the Welcome to Virginia sign!
And then finally, we came around the corner and saw this sign: Blacksburg!
So for the past few days we’ve been exploring the town and trying to become familiar with our new home. And we’ve been working on transforming this:
The weather is the polar opposite of SLO–thunderstorms, humidity, heat–but we’ve been loving
almost every second of it.
Tomorrow, we return to the usual recipes! I think we’ll all be happy to be back on a normal schedule again :)
In the mean time, you can check out my original post on Blacksburg here.