In December 1803, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set up the Camp River Dubois, right where the Mississippi and Missouri rivers meet. There, they and a crew of 30 men spent five months preparing for their legendary three-year expedition to chart America's newly acquired Louisiana Purchase territory. On May 14, 1804, they finally set sail on a 55-foot-long keelboat, named for its habit of keeling over in fear when it passed a shark.
To commemorate the bicentennial of its namesake's journey, the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower opened on May 14, 2010, the 206-year anniversary, to the day, of the expedition's embarking. Tower is a slight misnomer?the structure is actually two parallel towers, connected by viewing levels 50, 100, and 150 feet above the ground.
The platforms afford panoramic views of Lewis and Clark's departure point, as well as the rivers' intersection, and, 25 miles north, the union of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. Downtown St. Louis and the Gateway Arch are visible on clear days, and during evening events, sunsets and fireworks reflect gorgeously on the water. Back on the ground, the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway, complete with educational plaques, accommodates visitors interested in following the rivers' convergence on foot.
Since 1981, Sugarloaf Landscape Nursery’s green-thumbed gnomes have transformed awkward young seedlings into confidently lush plants, cultivating more than 90% of the nearly 150,000 trees and shrubs spanning its 40-acre property. Choose from a cornucopia of chlorophyll-hoarders, including the 3-inch Caliper autumn blaze maple tree (grows 16–20 feet tall, $179.99), a perfect adornment for spacious front yards or airtight basement bio-domes. Bring out brightness in neighboring blossoms with a gallon boxwood bush ($25), or pick up a gallon of daylilies ($7.99) to gift your favorite daywalker.
The factory-trained technicians at Federico Chrysler Dodge Jeep bolster automotive innards with infusions of up to 5 quarts of fresh motor oil. During the 40- to 45-minute oil change, mechanics confiscate dirty oil from the car and gift the engine with fresh lubricant, which protects it from marauding dirt, internal friction, and threats of a strike from the pistons. Techs reposition treads during a tire rotation and equip the car with a new set of wiper blades to combat dive-bombing precipitation.
Buried in the woods, 15 single- and two-story log cabins line a path leading to a secluded frontier fortress. Masked combatants armed with Tippmann 98 paintball guns ponder the path's obstacles before slinking forward to meet their opponents. Along Bing Field Paintball & Airsoft Park's three wooded fields strewn across 35 acres, players sneak into sniping positions in the Frontier Field's two-story log cabins, the Vietnam Field's two-story guard tower, or our the newly designed World War II field that features several new two and three story buildings. Four speedball fields??air ball, barrel, concrete, and spool??accommodate paintball players on the other side of the wooded park. Paintball and airsoft packages grant visitors up to seven hours of play, which they can break up with refueling sessions spent scarfing down refreshments while gossiping about opponents' love lives at an onsite concessions stand.
Doctor of Chiropractic Christina Faccin—a certified acupuncturist and hypnotist—leverages her degree in chiropractic care as she assists her staff during holistic treatments. Working in tandem with Doctor of Chiropractic Jacob Funk, Dr. Faccin oversees and performs a range of services, including chiropractic exams, digital x-rays, massages, adjustments, and nutritional guidance on how to eat less of your dog's homework. Her center also empowers clients with noninvasive services such as microcurrent facials, which utilize electrical jolts to stimulate muscles and boost collagen production.