The short version
Had to flip back and forth through radio stations to hear the Rangers win their way into the World Series. We pulled into Oklahoma City just in time to watch the celebration.
Saw the last of the sunflowers and bought wheat snacks (think taste like corn nuts) as we entered Kansas. Went to the Oz museum in Wamego. Dad's big thing was to eat Kansas City BBQ. It was the greasiest, grossest thing ever and I thought I was going to be sick. I never want BBQ again.
Found the bridges of Madison County and rushed into John Wayne's birthplace gift shop so Mom could by a shot glass. Fastest Dad drove anywhere the whole time since it was about to close. Let me just say because of all the pig raising in Iowa, the whole state smells.
Went to the national farm toy museum. They painted GI Joe figures to look like Indians. That was kind of funny. Went to the Field of Dreams because if you build it, they really will come. We did. Too bad the corn was already cut down. We went far enough into Wisconsin to find a cheese store and stumbled upon the home of Ulysses S. Grant.
Walked our tails off in Chicago. I'm just now able to stand without shooting pain. Didn't get to do the Ledge at the Skydeck at Willis Tower because the Midwest was having winds equal to a inland hurricane and I guess the building was swaying too much. We had even convinced Dad to at least go up since he wouldn't do it last time we went. He either A) said that after he heard someone say it was closed or B) had a little talk with Jesus and prayed for wind. We saw the Lion King, but I wasn't able to enjoy it as much as I would have liked since my legs were throbbing the whole time we were in cramped seats. I loved the hyena costumes.
The Skydeck was still closed. Extremely Windy City. Instead, we went to Navy Pier and took an architectural tour of the river. Since the ESPN Zone was closed down, we had Chicago style pizza in the room and watched the Rangers stink it up in game 1 of the World Series.
We wondered through the boyhood home town of Ronald Reagan. When I get the pictures printed, I hope we can tell the difference between John Wayne and Ronald Reagan. Dad was desperate to see Antique Archeology in Le Claire, IA, but they were closed for taping. We stayed in that town 2 1/2 hours and kept driving by to see if Dad could get a glimpse at Danielle.
We spent half the day in Pella, IA which is a Dutch community. I bought the girls wooden shoes and we toured a windmill.
Because we didn't want to come back through Kansas, we stayed in Joplin, MO Friday night and drove within 60 miles of Branson (by way of the crow) and came through Arkansas. Dad did speed through Dallas so we could get home to watch World Series Game 3.
I will post pictures, but I'm too lazy at the moment. Something to look forward to!