I was the only person around when I got there just after 9AM, local time. I took three cameras and walked up that ramp to the very top.
Coming around the last turn, I was startled to see someone sitting on a bench, and started to say something to assure him I was there for the same reason he was. It was only when I got close that I realized I was talking to a bronze statue. It's Mr. Martin, with the "best seat in the house," watching his beloved St. Louis and its lovely arch.
Saying no more, I did clear away some ambitious spiders who were spinning a web under his chin before I got down to some business of my own.
Old newsmen keep their habits. Don't rest your luck on just one picture--take a bunch so you're protected and will have a selection, too. With digital cameras, that's not hard to do..so I probably walked away with about thirty good samples of a picture I've wanted to take for years.
Thank you, Mr. Martin. It's really grand.
In case you want to go and do likewise, don't do what I did. You can get to the park from the Illinois side of the river by going west along I-70 to Exit 2A (on the left). Exit onto 3rd Street. Go .3 miles on N 3rd, turn right at West Broadway/Riverpark Drive..go another .3 miles and take a left on South Front Street. Go .5 miles and turn left onto West Trendley Avenue. Park. Enjoy.
I'm in Topeka, KS tonight after what always seems like the longest part of this trip--the run between St. Louis to Kansas City. It's only 225 miles, but it just always seems longer. I compounded the misery by making a wrong turn and ended up circling through Kansas City to get back on I-70 West..in the process, learning more about Kansas City than I ever planned.
Tomorrow, it's off toward Denver.
I'll let you know how that turns out.