This memory is written in first person from the perspective of Blaise Thompson.
After stopping in Iowa City to swap the Accord for the Accura, Kevin and I drove on to Windmill State Park in central Nebraska. We camped, it was humble but adequate. The nearby Platte River was mostly dry, we visited Rowe Sanctuary where we saw many Western Kingbirds. This area is apparently a very popular and famous stopping point for Sandhill Cranes on their migragion.
Driving west through the panhandle of Nebraska, we ate lunch at a restaurant called simply "Diner". We then "summited" Nebraska, going to the highest point in the very south west corner of the panhandle. The electric windmills were a sight to see.
We drove south into Colorado and to our campsite in Pawnee National Grasslands. We stayed in the grasslands at Crow Valley Family Campground. What a stunning place and a wonderful campground.
On friday we headed south to Denver for a day of activities with Felix. We enjoyed breakfast at the Musgrave home, went to the bachelor party (fencing!), checked out my suit from Men's Wearhouse, attended the rehersal dinner, and finally enjoyed a stunning meal at a very fancy restaurant. What an exhausting day!
The wedding day! As best man I was responsible for transporting Felix and many other logistical details. It was a wonderful wedding at Trinity United Methodist Church in downtown Denver. The service was a traditional episcopal one, and the organ was used to great effect. After the service all enjoyed a long and joyus reception at the Musgrave home.
Our goal on sunday was to make it back to Iowa City. We stopped a few times to check out more birds and wildlife. Unfortunately a tire burst on the way home, so it became a bit more of an adventure than we would have liked. Still, we made it safely to Iowa City at just past 2 AM.
Waking up late, we enjoyed a simple meal and a walk at Palsades Kepler before heading back to Madison.
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