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authorBlaise Thompson <blaise@untzag.com>2022-08-17 20:05:28 -0500
committerBlaise Thompson <blaise@untzag.com>2022-08-17 20:05:28 -0500
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@@ -6,144 +6,182 @@ _This memory is written in first person from the perspective of Blaise Thompson.
# 2022-08-10 Wednesday
-Hello world.
+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.
<figure>
<img src="./dry-river.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>Platte Riverbed dry on a hot August day.</figcaption>
</figure>
<figure>
<img src="./kingbird.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>Western Kingbird.</figcaption>
</figure>
<figure>
<img src="./windmill-campground.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>Our campsite at Windmill State Park.</figcaption>
</figure>
# 2022-08-11 Thursday
+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.
+
<figure>
<img src="./diner.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>Lunch at the Diner.</figcaption>
</figure>
<figure>
<img src="./windmills.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>New electric windmills dominate the horizon near an abandoned farm house.</figcaption>
</figure>
<figure>
<img src="./pronghorn.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>A wild pronghorn.</figcaption>
</figure>
<figure>
<img src="./highpoint.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>Nebraska high point marker. Note the horned lark taking shade.</figcaption>
</figure>
<figure>
<img src="./kevin-highpoint.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>Kevin signs the highpoint log book.</figcaption>
</figure>
<figure>
<img src="./hola.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>A horned lark sits on the fence, with horns visible.</figcaption>
</figure>
+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.
+
<figure>
<img src="./pigeon.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>Pigeons crowd around a telephone pole near Crow Valley campground.</figcaption>
</figure>
<figure>
<img src="./plover.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>A mountain plover, rare bird that we were very lucky to see. It is taking shade near a fence post and signage.</figcaption>
</figure>
<figure>
<img src="./band-winged-meadowhawk.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>A band winged meadowhawk dragonfly seen in the ghost town of Keota.</figcaption>
</figure>
<figure>
<img src="./twelve-spotted-skimmer.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>A twelve-spotted skimmer dragonfly seen in the ghost town of Keota.</figcaption>
</figure>
<figure>
<img src="./cows.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>Cows enjoying the grassland near our campsite.</figcaption>
</figure>
<figure>
<img src="./pawnee-campground.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>Our grassy campsite. It was so hot we slept without the rain fly.</figcaption>
</figure>
# 2022-08-12 Friday
+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!
+
+<figure>
+ <img src="./blaise-fences.jpeg">
+ <figcpation>Blaise prepares to lose to Felix in a friendly fencing match.</figcaption>
+</figure>
+
<figure>
<img src="./fort.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>Wedding guests enjoy dinner at The Fort. Kevin enjoyed rocky mountain oysters.</figcaption>
</figure>
# 2022-08-13 Saturday
+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.
+
<figure>
<img src="./kevin-blaise-church.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>Kevin and Blaise pose in the church after the wedding ends.</figcaption>
+</figure>
+
+<figure>
+ <img src="./bates-banner.jpeg">
+ <figcpation>Kendall, Amrita, Kevin, Blaise, and Felix hold the Bates banner at the reception.</figcaption>
</figure>
# 2022-08-14 Sunday
+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.
+
<figure>
<img src="./magpie.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>A magpie seen preening itself near McDonalds.</figcaption>
</figure>
<figure>
<img src="./damselfly.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>Damselfly seen at Lake McConaughy, Nebraska.</figcaption>
</figure>
<figure>
<img src="./halloween-pennant.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>Halloween pennant dragonfly seen at Lake McConaughy, Nebraska.</figcaption>
</figure>
<figure>
<img src="./northern-leopard-frog.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>Northern Leopard Frog seen at Lake McConaughy, Nebraska.</figcaption>
</figure>
<figure>
<img src="./kevin-dam.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>Kevin poses in front of the large dam at Lake McConaughy.</figcaption>
</figure>
<figure>
<img src="./kite.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>Mississippi Kite seen in downtown Ogallala.</figcaption>
</figure>
<figure>
<img src="./tire.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>Our burst tire which caused quite the delay.</figcaption>
</figure>
# 2022-08-15 Monday
+Waking up late, we enjoyed a simple meal and a walk at Palsades Kepler before heading back to Madison.
+
<figure>
<img src="./nancy.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>Nancy poses at Palasades Kepler state park.</figcaption>
</figure>
<figure>
<img src="./fetch.jpg">
- <figcpation>CAPTION</figcaption>
+ <figcpation>David and Karaby play near the Cedar River.</figcaption>
</figure>