Many thanks to Kate for both hosting me and for taking all the awesome pictures. Tim gets thanks for hosting too, and Tony gets thanks for driving me to the airport, and Cat gets thanks for just being awesome.
The *new* *improved* attraction of Saint Louis is the City Garden downtown. Not only does this place have tons of awesome sculptures like the dancy chimes, the rabbits, and the giant-legged starhorse, but it was also chock full of fountains. Prime fountaining location. And they actually want you to play in them!
We also ran off to IL for a gathering with a bunch of Tim’s friends, which was lovely. There was a nice fire, a delicious hammock, plenty of great people and good conversation, some learning about companion plants, a shrimp boil, and tons of other awesome food to play with. I did get bitten by mosquitoes quite a bit, and the tent was a bit rough on my ancient bones, but otherwise, a splendid time. I especially enjoyed playing with my food.
Finally, on Sunday I was part of the crowd watching True Blood at Cat and Tony’s place. I had prepared for this, my first-ever viewing, by reading the wikipedia articles and all the online synopses I could find, and filling in my gaps with Kate’s extensive knowledge of the show. I felt as if I’d seen the whole show from the beginning. Alas, I had not, a deficiency which Ivy in Portland has decided she will soon correct. And then I have to read the books. In my copious spare time.
This concludes my travel section for the summer. As of now, I am in Portland, settling in, mentally preparing for law school, and generally making a nuisance of myself. Hooray!