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15 Hours to Iowa

June 12, 2012

My cousin got married in Iowa last weekend and Mike and I decided to take advantage of the big event by making a little trip to my home town.  We don’t realize quite how big Texas really is until we’re trying to get out of Texas. And lord, it takes for-ev-ver. Instead of a play-by-play, here’s our trip in pictures. I’ll be posting more about my cousin’s wedding later this week!

1. Here’s a good idea: work a 10 hour shift til 3am. Go to bed at 4am. Get up at 8am. Drive 15 hours. Thank goodness it was a straight shot up the interstate ’cause we were zooommmbies by the second leg of that drive. 2.  Stopping for breakfast at the Colony Village outside of Amana, IA. 3. My view for most of the drive. 4. “Moore: Home of Toby Keith”. I really don’t know why I found this humorous. Looots of things got funny after being on the road for awhile (Like the billboard that read: Your wife is hot! Better get her A/C fixed this summer. Ha-ha-ha).

5. I have a slight obsession with suspension bridges. 6. Starting to get a pieice of that midwest landscape…where the trees are all the right height and the grass is the perfect shade of green. 7. My cousin had a beautiful barn wedding in the quaint little town of Amana, IA. 8. Happy Gay Day, Des Moines!

9. Slight technical difficulties on hour 7 when my car either a. had a flat tire or b. suspension was shot. (neither ended up being true…turns out it just needed an oil change. So that’s why my maintenance light has been on for so long. Ooooops). 10. All dolled up for the wedding reception. 11. The most beautiful door in the world is at the Colony Village Restaurant. I was temped to take them home with me.) 12. Even more views from the heartland. You can almost smell the hog farms, right?

13. We split the drive up on the way back and stayed outside of Oklahoma City–check out their kickass stadium! 14. Last sunset of the trip. You can’t tell, but on the other side of where this picture was taken (and right next to our hotel) was the biggest casino I have ever seen. We resisted the urge to play the penny slots. 15. Me, my cousin’s husband Chris, and Mike mugging it up while tearing down the reception hall. 16. We saw approximately 18 mile-by-mile signs for this place along I35. Apparently, it’s a pretty big deal. We bought a couple sandwiches and turns out, they were pretty darn tasty.

17. I don’t even think this one needs a caption. Remember, I was super easily amused the entire trip. 18. This cinnamon roll is BIGGER THAN YOUR FACE! Raaawwrr!! 19. The family of the bride—they are kind of my favorites. 20. Welcome to Zombie Burger, home of the Zombie Burger, can we eat your braaaainns?

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