And We're Off!
We are into our second week of our trip, and I'm just now getting around to writing my first blog post. Hopefully I can get caught up. If you are too impatient, Janet has been posting daily recaps of our trip on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/142253852846958/
So launch day came, and fitting everything into the car turned out to be a little more challenging than the test run we'd done earlier. We squeezed, shifted and manipulated everything to the point we couldn't fit another thing in the car if we could. We surprisingly hit the road on time (about 10am). Janet volunteered to take the first shift of driving which ended up being two whole days of driving. The drive went very well, and we managed to drive over 7 hours without hitting any accident or major construction. We took 94 to 80 and 80 into Iowa.
The first stop on our trip was Geode State park in Danville Iowa. It's a pretty small park and being late on Sunday it was mostly empty. After getting some issues worked out with our site's electric not working, we started to unload and get our tent set up. Setting up camp was a lot easier than I thought it would be, and packing everything up the next morning went surprisingly well for our first time repacking.
We went for a short walk down to the lake, but did not take my camera, because the place seemed a little boring to me.
We ended the night streaming Game of Thrones using my phone as a mobile hot spot. Adding that extra 15gb of data to our cell phone plan was a pretty brilliant idea, and the WeBoost cell signal booster helped a lot as well. Still not cable, but at least i didn't miss GoT.
The next morning we were off to the KOA campground in Grand Island Nebraska. The drive was pretty unexciting. We did see lots of open fields and farmland. We also saw a lot of wind mills, which is pretty awesome in my book. I don't understand the argument that they look bad, because I think they look pretty dang cool. I honestly don't understand the physics that allow wind to move giant pieces of metal. We managed to happen past a semi hauling a replacement blade for one. We sadly could not get the whole blade in one photo. Its a wonder of science.
We considered skipping the Nebraska campground altogether, because the entire state was experiencing bad thunderstorms all day and they were not planning to stop. We didn't want to camp in the rain, but the weather seemed clear when we got to Grand Island, so decided to give it a shot. We asked about getting a dryish campsite when we checked in, but that wasn't going to happen. The KOA manager then proceeded to offer us a cabin. It was an extra $28, but we really didn't want to set up everything at a wet campsite. And it was a good thing we did, because about the time we finished unloading the car, it started to downpour. $28 well spent.
The next morning we packed up and headed off to Colorado Spring, but more on that later.