OK, so its a month late, but here's the story of the first part of our adventure!
We were both dreading the tiresome and excessively non-existent scenery of Nebraska, so I came up with a brilliant plan to break up the near 12 hours of monotony before the site of the mountains breaks the boredom. I decided we would break it up into three neat little sections.
Step One: Four hours to Omaha.
We left on Sunday morning pretty early. Bosley got dropped of at his girlfriend's house before the sun was up. Erik volunteered to drive so I grabbed a pillow and tried to steal as much more sleep as I could manage. I love zoos, so I was very excited when we arrived. I had been to this particular one once in high school on a class trip, and it was great.
Here are some of my favorite photos:
Erik got me to face my fear of heights and got me on a sky-lift tour of the park. It goes all the way across the zoo. I mainly got on out of exhaustion because we had been exploring for nearly three hours and it was hot and I was tired of walking. I white knuckled the single safety bar the entire time, but I think it was worth it.
Shortly after, Erik and I just looked at each other and we both knew we had reached our limit. We had both hit our daily quota for screaming kids and large crowds. We nearly ran back to the car and devoured a sandwich before heading out on the road once again.
Part Two: Four hours to Gothenburg, NE
We pulled into the cutest little campground right around dinner time. If you ever have the misfortune of driving across Nebraska, I highly recommend spending the night here! The Lafayette Campground was extremely well maintained with very clean bathrooms and hot showers. A rarity among camp facilities. This place even comes complete with a beautiful lake and the cutest little old lady that lives on site and runs the show.
She even gave us free firewood! Right before it got dark I saw what I thought were two deer in the meadow right next to us. It took me a second to realize it was two of the biggest turkeys I have ever seen! Bosley would have lost his mind!