When it comes to taking trips or vacations … we are planners. I’ve never been the spur of the moment kind of person and doing so takes a huge leap of faith for me. Luckily I’m married to the kind of man that is perfectly calm about jumping in the car and just going wherever, whenever. He pushes me outside of my comfort zone whether I want to be pushed or not. And that’s pretty much what he did on Sunday.
Saturday night we were laying in bed talking about “what to do tomorrow” and he sprung a trip to St. Louis on me. So that’s what we did. Sunday morning the alarm went off (too early for my liking), we told the kids to get dressed and ignored a million questions begging to know where we were going. An hour later we stopped in Collinsville for a good old Waffle House breakfast.
I first discovered this little gem during our Florida vacation and have been craving the grilled biscuits with sausage gravy ever since. And the little bacon munching kids didn’t mind the pit stop but I could tell they were worried this might be the “surprise” part of the trip.
After a quick bite to eat we were back in the van and headed to St. Louis where they quickly recognized the St. Louis Zoo signs.
This time we made our way through parts of the zoo we usually skip and even dragged my hubby into the snake house.
After wearing the kids out at the zoo we stopped at my absolute FAVORITE sub shop. When we lived in St. Louis it was a frequent stop for lunch and we just can’t ever pass it up when we’re in the area. I’m sure the rest of the menu is great but I always get the chicken parmigiana hot grilled sub loaded with grilled peppers, onions and extra marinara sauce.
For the last leg of our mini trip we took the kids down to see the Gateway Arch. It was too late to take them up to the top but they had a lot of fun just looking at the structure, playing the grass and watching whole trees float down the flooded Mississippi River.
And I even conned my hubby into feeding my mug hoarding addiction with an Arch mug to take home.