We had pretty much hit the end of all the fun sightseeing after we left Utah. Colorado was beautiful, but we didn't have time to stop. Kansas was just an immense sea of flat nothingness. Honestly, just grass all the way to the horizons. Missouri gave way to rolling hills and a few more trees and...what's that?... another arch?!
The elevator/tram to the top was the coolest part of the visit. They were little, 1960's, space-age, round capsules that sat five, but we managed to squeeze Julia in on my lap. In order to get in, you had to duck through a tiny, Willie Wonka-type door. The walls were round so certain tall people had to watch their heads. We sat there knee to knee to knee to more knees listening to the cables grind and creak as we rolled and jerked our way to the top.
We also got quite a view of the floodwaters. Notice the trees that really shouldn't be submerged? The road sign below was just about twelve feet below where we parked our car. If it had rained or if a levee had decided to break, I think our car would have been drowned.
Now that we've seen the natural arches and a man made arch, it seems only proper to go have lunch at the golden arches!