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... going over 50 straight days without a single day off!
I learned to say no to impulse buys and unnecessary spending. I could finally go to Walmart for shampoo and not walk out with 5 boxes of Slim Jims and a cat t-shirt. With Thailand constantly on my mind I got through those long days. I took extra shifts, stayed late, dealt with rude pizza enthusiasts, applied more duct tape to keep my shoes together, and wouldn't you know it, I made it. All of a sudden ...
... highways. No such luck. Next stop was Guttenberg which turns out to be quite a little tourist town on the river at a lock. Found a quaint motel in an old list building right on the river. Reasonably priced room, even free wifi.
Had dinner at a nearby cafe also overlooking the river. I tried cat fish and Wes had a smoked Iowa chop. Watched a boat push 12 barges down the river. Barges are tied together.
... watched it and liked it but Sydney wanted nothing to do with it.
Today was really special. A baseball team called the Ghosts, walked out of the corn and played baseball in the field dressed in 1920s White Sox uniforms I think. It was a scene right out of the movie and there were several hundred people there to enjoy it.
... Alex's and my mitts for just this moment. As a father, it was so satisfying to be able to stand on the actual Field of Dreams and have my son ask me "Dad, ya wanna have a catch?". it has always been one of my favorite movies, and now it has a special place in y heart and memories.
After playing catch, we headed back into town. The next surprise for Alex was I booked us a room at a hotel right on the waterfront of the Mississippi that also ...
... and even managed to experience our first small town diner for the lack of a better option. Our accommodation for the night was another historic B&B with a chatty owner, but on a much grander scale. This one had about 12 rooms, including one in the tower accessed by a narrow spiral staircase, which we got upgraded too. Not the greatest place considering Donelle's vertigo and the severe storms, but it was good even with the warnings interrupting our TV ...