Our prestigious group shall assemble at the appointed hour of ten in the morning on April 30, 2011 at The Colonnade and Music Pavilion. It is located in the Northeast District at the broad intersection of Gladstone Boulevard and St. John Avenue. Situated high on Scarritt Point in Kessler Park, it affords a grand and panoramic view. This stately structure is built on the side of the bluffs in a most sightly location overlooking North Cliff Drive and the valley of the Missouri River. It is connected by a broad flight of stone steps with the driveway some forty feet below the building. The outlook from the Colonnade embraces one of the finest landscape views about the city, north, east and west portions. The valley of the Missouri River and the hills of Clay County to the north make it an exceedingly picturesque and attractive location.
We shall depart on our sojourn at the hour of eleven, traveling around the perimeter of North Terrace Park (Kessler Park to the current population) at a calm and leisurely pace. Along this path we shall pass the old city reservoir and Tiffany Castle.
We will then enter Cliff Drive for a scenic carefree (and car free) promenade with the majestic cliffs to our right and a stunning vista to our left. The road winds gracefully throughout the park for a distance of approximately two and one half miles. Nearing the end of its course we will pass the Carl DiCapo Fountain, finally exiting onto Gladstone Boulevard.
It is at this juncture that we encounter our only climb of any significance. While not at all steep, it does continue for some distance. Perseverance will prevail as all should be able to defeat this trivial obstacle. Once beyond the crest we will be in the historic Scarritt Renaissance neighborhood, filled with beautiful homes of a bygone era.
Just to the east of Corinthian Hall is Scarritt Point where we shall rest and refresh ourselves on the lawn, enjoying our lunch and the pleasure of our companions. Restroom facilities are available near the Visitor Center (follow the blue signs but do not stray from the path). There is also a drinking fountain near the gazebo at the park. Once lunch is complete we are only a short distance along Gladstone Boulevard from our starting location, The Colonnade.
A detailed map of the complete route can be viewed at: The Route