Bass Pro and St. Louis

Bass Pro, REI, Academy Sports are three stores that have received a large chunk of our fun money over the years.   So when I was looking at different routes to get to Michigan from North Texas, I chose the one that would take us to the Granddaddy Bass Pro shop in Springfield.  I really wanted to see the part of the store that I was sure had been named after us:)

We spent nearly six hours in the store and still didn’t see everything we wanted to see.  We’ve been in several Bass Pro stores in different states, however this one was PHENOMENAL.  Two museums, an on site gunsmith and knife sharpening, lots of mounts and fish tanks.  There were even live ducks swimming in a large tank.  A big draw for kids (and me) were the alligators and the huge alligator gars.  There must have been 1,000 different fishing rods and we practiced self control and didn’t buy any.  We did buy a cool fold-up fish net which will fit better in our storage bag on the front of the camper versus our current one (which will now be property of my brother).  No pictures of the inside — they just didn’t turn out but trust me it is worth the visit. It is a tourist destination complete with coffee shop, restaurant, and snack shop.  We overnighted in the parking lot which is a nice service by the store.

The catalog outlet, which is in a separate building,  was not that great.  It wasn’t very large and consisted of mostly clothes – very little fishing or hunting gear.  Even the clothes were not the performance type gear (Columbia etc) but instead were cheaper quality t-shirts, jeans, etc.

Normally we stay away from cities, but wanted to do the tourist thing in St. Louis so we stayed at a RV park two miles from downtown.

Completely paved RV lot

Completely paved RV lot

Excellent convenience for us to either walk or take the bus into downtown and then catch the train to several sites.  St. Louis RV Park is a little pricey for us $36 a night to stay on what is basically a parking lot,  but the location is fabulous and the laundry and bathrooms were SUPER clean.  The wifi was not so great, however they are upgrading it in a few weeks.    Before we made the reservations, I  called the police station to find out how safe the neighborhood was and the policeman said the location was safe — that his precinct office was directly across the street from the campground!

view from an outdoor deck at the RV Park- see the arch?

view from an outdoor deck at the RV Park- see the arch?

We went to the arch, a bargain at $10 each, and then free tours of the old Courthouse, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis  and the Laumeier Sculpture Park.

 

 

 

The Cathedral is one of the largest collection of  mosaics in the world with over 41.5 MILLION pieces of glass.  The mosaics were started in 1912 and completed in 1988.  It is breathtaking and we’ve included some pictures but they don’t begin to capture the beauty of the artwork.

20150331_15332820150331_150257Outside of Cathedral Basilica of SL

Inside the Cathedral

Inside the Cathedral

One of the many domes

One of the many domes

 

 

 

 

 

Old oil tanks - do you think these were OSHA approved

Old oil tanks – do you think these were OSHA approved

The Laumeier Sculpture Park was a great park to walk and enjoy a pretty day.  Glenn and I decided after viewing many of the pieces of ‘art’ and laughing hysterically or shaking our heads that we don’t have the appropriate background to appreciate many of the pieces.  We decided that if some of the pieces were considered art, then we’ve seen LOTS of displays in peoples fields, yards etc and didn’t know it was on display for appreciating.

The really neat thing they have done is to create a small replica of some of the pieces with a braille information post so visually impaired visitors can enjoy the sculptures.

Really - 23 hours of survellience?

Really – 23 hours of survellience?

This was for dogs to smell - and we thought it was just an outhouse

This was for dogs to smell – and we thought it was just an outhouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

In case it doesn't jump out at you it is a poodle

In case it doesn’t jump out at you it is a poodle

Was the artist trying to get calls fordates?

Was the artist trying to get calls fordates?

In front of an old set of bleachers

In front of an old set of bleachers

Probably the coolest piece

Probably the coolest piece

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2 Responses to Bass Pro and St. Louis

  1. Jolyn Derouen says:

    We love that Bass Pro Shop and plan on making a trip up to it in May when we are up there doing our trout fishing. Wish I would have known you all were heading that way, you could have checked out Roaring River State Park in Missouri, that is where we fish each year. A good restaurant near Springfield is Lamberts, Home of the Throwed Rolls, they actually throw the rolls to you at your table, hot out of the oven. It is a lot of fun!!!!

    Glad you all are having fun, keep the blogs coming we enjoy seeing them.

    • gconthemove says:

      Thanks for the name of the park you go to in Missouri since you seem to always catch fish while you are there. The area is so pretty and we didn’t even get to the Mark Twain Forest so that is another trip for sure!

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