It is almost spring in St. Louis
Let me correct myself, my crocus flowers are blooming, therefore it is spring. You can flame me all you want and tell me about the vernal equinox, I don't care the crocus have voted and it is spring.
So... what to do about it in St. Louis. There are lots of choices, but for my money only 2 count (I'll tell you about the other choice when it is azalea time). When it is crocus time redbuds and dogwoods will not be far behind then what you want to do is drive the river road from Alton to at least Grafton and if you are still in the mood go all the way to Pere Marquette State Park (it's only 5 more miles) and when you are done cross over the Golden Eagle and Brussels Farries to get home driving inbetween through Calhoun County. Now I can hear the nay sayers now, "Rob that is what you do in the fall when you pick apples", to which I would reply "true enough" but dogwoods don't bloom in the fall, nor do redbuds, so... this trip must be done in the spring.
When, you ask? Look for those trees with the small purple flowers all over them (I didn't name them red buds, I just call em as I see em) When they are blooming in St. Louis it is time for your trip.
Be sure to stop in at Grafton and get yourself something to eat, or if you like try the fare on Calhoun County at the little old hotel/restaraunt (it's the only one you will pass) the food is good but you have no choice they only offer one choice.