In Kellen’s Country

I did something rather spontaneous last week. I realized mid-week that Dennis would be tied up with bike rides and the Lake County Bike Club Ramble all weekend…and that the rest of us really had nothing going on.  So I decided to load up the car and take Tania & Alex to Columbia, MO to visit #3 son Kellen…who is staying on campus to take a class & work this summer.  It’s a 7 hour drive and Alex remarked several times after the 5th hour that it was TOO far!

We left early in the day on Thursday so we could wander around the St. Louis Zoo for a few hours. It was 50 degrees and rainy at home when we left but around 80 and humid when we got out of the van at the St. Louis Zoo. Alex stepped out of the van and remarked, “Wow! It is sure hot in Kellen’s country!”  Tania & I smiled at that comment and the rest of the weekend we continued using that phrase.

The St. Louis Zoo was great!  It is beautifully landscaped and we moved quickly from one part to the next.  We loved the huge atrium that we wandered through with wonderful exotic birds.  The Penguin House was also a hit…inside it was freezing cold but we were up close and personal to all the penguins, which was great.  This zoo is FREE…also a plus…as the Milwaukee Zoo we like to go to is around $20 a person.  I recommend this zoo if  you are in St. Louis this summer!

Once in Columbia, we took Kellen out to eat several times, swam in the hotel pool (many times!), went bowling and hiked in the woods nearby.  All in all, we had a great time.  The kids all got along with each other, most of the time, which made it enjoyable.  Sat. night we said our good-byes to Kellen since we got up early on Sunday to begin the long drive home.  Again, Alex told Kellen he liked ‘his country’.

This time we stopped in St. Louis to see the St. Louis Science Center.  It had lots of hands on exhibits.  We wandered around it awhile and then went to the Imax Theatre to learn about the ocean and environmental issues effecting fish.  We also went to the Polar Bear and Penguin exhibit.  The Science Center is listed as one of the top 10 Science Centers in America.  It is also FREE.  However, parking was $8…lunch was around $20…and the Imax and Polar Bear Shows cost us $30…so by the time we left 3 hours later my wallet was $58 lighter.  Kids enjoyed it though.  I wish St. Louis was more mid-point on the way home but we had another 6 hours of traveling after the Science Center.

As always, it feels great to get home and crawl into your own bed at the end of the day.  It was a nice little vacation though.  My guess is it was the only vacation we’d see this summer…so I’m glad we did it!

Anyone else see sights in St. Louis, MO that were fun for your family?

Deborah Mumm, The Adoption Coach

Everything for Adoption


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