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I miss the Midwest SO MUCH

[personal profile] scrottie has declared that he's going to change careers and become head director of tourism for Iowa. I'll let him fill you in on the kinds of attractions he's planning to promote.

Let me see here: On Saturday I arrived in Mt. Pleasant, IA, and hung out in the town square for several hours while S got the brakes replaced on Princess TinyHouse. This town square, like many, had a beautiful fountain in the center, lots of large shade trees, and plenty of benches to sit and enjoy it all. While I sat and read through my random magazine stack, lots of small children came up to the fountain to play in/around it.

Then S finally came to get me, and we drove back up near Coralville to spend the night at an RV park overnight. On Sunday, after some breakfast and regrouping, we headed to Agudas Acham Synagogue for [Bad username: trifold-flame.livejournal.com]'s wedding! I got to help with collecting up wildflowers to decorate the chuppah, which, with the help of many hands, came out beautifully. It was so great to get to meet everyone and her community in Iowa, and of course the wedding cupcakes were DIVINE. What a day. I'm so glad we got to come out.

Given various logistics, we decided to start heading back across Iowa that evening, and wound up camping at Elk Rock State Park. As others have reported, the fireflies seem to be fantastic this year. In the morning, after we were awoken by raindrops landing on our heads, we ate breakfast and continued on to Omaha, to visit S's brother's family. While in Omaha, we finally made it over to visit Lauritzen Gardens, which was everything I'd hoped it would be (yay, plants!).

Today we're back in Lincoln, hanging out at Meadowlark. We'll catch the train back to California this evening.

There are interesting subtle distinctions between Nebraska and Iowa. I have a slight preference for Nebraska because it has slightly more wide-open spaces - more of a "plains" feel to the fields, slightly greater reverence for trees. But that's hairsplitting. Either place has a certain air of peace and possibility that I just don't feel in places like Texas, Arizona, or California.

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