I should now mention that a backdrop to this entire day has been debating our plans for the next few days. Mom’s traveling style in general could be described as "spontaneous," although she prefers “adaptable” or “flexible;” regardless, we had some options to consider
. It had occurred to us late last night that we really should have factored into this trip completing the LIW circuit and going to Independence, Kansas (site of the “Little House on the Prairie”), which Mom and Bro went to about 18 years ago on their own road-trip, as well as Mansfield, Missouri (site of Laura and Almanzo’s Ozark Farm), which we visited a few years ago. In addition, while flipping through a travel guide, Mom had stumbled upon the “National Quilt Museum” in Lincoln, NE and was now itching to go visit it. So, rather than stay our course back east toward home, we’ve reverted. We are currently heading back west again, like true pioneers in search of another great adventure. We entered Nebraska around 12:10am and staying the night in Lincoln, preparing to be at the National Quilt Museum first thing in the morning. Mom promises we will head east again soon; we’re just considering our Des Moines/Iowa City trip to be like a daylong detour. We also decided that Mom’s job is to drive and my job is “not to get anxious” (along with making sure we don’t lose the credit card).
More pictures of Days 5 & 6 at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=193525&id=837899636&l=2613d68c03
We haven't actually gotten together with the Rethwisches in years; we knew them back in DE, a few children ago for both our families. We’ve stayed in touch over the years though and it was great to meet Mary and John Paul (briefly) and see Mr. and Mrs. Rethwisch (Ellen and Dave) and Rebecca again. We enjoyed a great snack of lemonade and freshly made chocolate chip cookies at their house, courtesy of Mary, while we caught up, saw pictures, and shared about our mutual roadtrip advantures. Then we had dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Rethwisch at the Amana Colonies right outside of Iowa City (Mom can post more about this historic religious settlement). The family style salads and rhubarb pie were particularly noteworthy!