Chris and I just got back from a whirlwind trip to the midwest – stops included Minneapolis, Minnesota, Faribault, Minnesota, Mason City, Iowa, Clear Lake, Iowa and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Travel is different these days than it used to be and I learned a few things.
- TSA agents can be surly even if you are kind and nice. It’s a tough time in travel and even though my attitude is always “kill them with kindness” it did not always work on this trip. A nice kind word would have been appreciated instead of grumpiness.
- Drivers are insane everywhere we went. Seriously, we avoided 3 accidents because people ran red lights. Caution, caution, caution is the best advice I can give.
- I found possibly THE best outfit to fly in. An Instagram post, I think, shared an inexpensive cotton jump suit, I bought it in black and LOVE it. It is loose and comfy and perfect for plane travel.
4. Airline food can be good — our breakfast on the flight home was really great. Best overnight oats I have probably had which is saying something.
5. Fingernails can be lost and found in odd places.
6. Iowa still has a lot of wind turbines. They are everywhere.
7. Good friends are important to keep. It is worth the effort to keep those friendships going. I will share more about that in another post but friends were a very important part of this trip.
8. Cabin Coffee is still my favorite.
9. Iowa sunsets are still pretty amazing.
10. Wearing masks on planes, while not required, is still a pretty smart thing to do. Frankly I was surprised that we did not see more people wearing masks at many of the places we went to during our trip but it is a matter of choice now. I am happy to be able to wear one when I feel like I might be exposed to too many people and who knows what germs. The freedom to do that is great and I don’t give a hoot if someone thinks otherwise. I have a grand baby to go see next week and I am not going to risk anything at this point that will prevent me from going to see him.
Stay tuned to the blog for more from our trip — you know you want to know what all we did, right? I promise to share.