Recently I had a “comments conversation” with an expat blogging friend, Allison, about seeing our own country through tourist/expat eyes. I wrote that “I find the entire experience of ‘visiting family’ has changed since I’ve moved out of the country, as I see the world differently – and that includes my native part of the world!”
One aspect of the U.S. that I particularly like now when I visit are views from the car windows as we drive. Watching the changing scenery, especially those of the flatter central U.S. landscapes (since I’m so used to my mountain views now!), is different and refreshing to my eyes.
I have a lot of photos that I’ve snapped from the car and I’m sure will eventually make their way to my blog. Since Allison is from St. Louis, I thought I’d share a few that my daughter and I took on July 2, 2011 while we were traveling to the family reunion in the Smokies.
Traveling from Iowa, we had to cross into Missouri.
… and then into St. Louis County.
Approaching St. Louis we saw the evidence of an air show. Researching it for this post, I discovered it was the annual Fair Saint Louis – so much more than an air show, but as we were just passing through on the Interstate that’s all we saw. Watching some of it through the car windows, with the backdrop of the city and especially the Gateway Arch, was fascinating!
The first time I saw the Arch was in 1980 – from a train window, as I was headed to U.S. Army Basic Training at Ft. Leonard Wood. The next time was driving through with these views. I hope to get there for a proper visit one day … but in the meantime, Allison, I’m eager to one day see *your* real St. Louis images on your blog!