An American Pilgrimage

I just have to write something about the last leg of a spiritual road trip I took last week:
                                (Earlier blog entries about it follow below)

1) If you've never seen the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, you're missin' out!
This is the Gateway to the West, wrapped in all the mythos of frontier America.

2) Afterwards, my girlfriend & I crossed the Mississippi River to visit the nearby Cahokia Indian Mounds (below) in Illinois. These are huge 1000-year-old manmade mounds reminiscent of Mayan pyramids, made by the Cahokia "mound builder" people (Native Americans).

Atop the so-called "Monk's Mound" (above) was where the Cahokia people held their spiritual ceremonies. As we reached the summit, it was beautiful and certainly felt like sacred ground to me. I was reminded of the Bible verse: "Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy."

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