But - on the way we see many strange and beautiful things. So you get to see them, too.
We left Ohio in good weather, but that was as far as our luck held. Well, no, actually, that's not true; it's been pretty awesome. Last year my air conditioner exploded. Twice. This year, it's been reasonably cool and not stupid-hot, and the car has held up just fine.
I didn't take any pictures as we drove through Ohio and Indiana, but in Utica, Illinois, we found Two Girls and a Cupcake, which was advertised on one of those FOOD signs on the highway. Though we had just eaten, that was too much of a sign to pass up. We stopped for cupcakes. The name of the business alone just sort of made us blink, intrigued.
|Wonder what they sell here?|
|Note the decor.|
|"Will is a monkey," part one.|
THE PINK BEAVER. I am not making this up. THE PINK BEAVER. MOVING. ON.
While at Zombie Burger, we also saw a blue dog.
|Like you do.|
Now, Omaha is actually pretty cool, and our hotel (Element) was amazing. The key cards there power the rooms (like, if there's not a room key in the little slot, the lights don't work). The breakfast there had fresh berries and quiche. For free. AWESOME. I was seriously considering saying, "screw it, let's just stay here and then drive home in a few days," but no, t'was not to be.
The other thing about Omaha is the zoo. This zoo does not fuck around. We went for an hour on the first day, saw the nocturnal exhibit, which was pretty boss - they had a batcave. Like, a huge cave with freaking swarms of bats. The next day, Will was initially grumbling that he'd "seen" the zoo, so why were we going back?
HA. This is why you don't listen to teenagers.
The rainforest exhibit LOOKS LIKE THIS:
|Relax, there are better pictures coming.|
|The lion is in the contract.|
|Which terrified Will a little.|
...waterfalls, as you can see...
|Michelle, between the raindrops.|
|That's not a terrific picture, but they wouldn't stop moving.|
|Now, he stopped moving just fine. Actually, he never started.|
|He snurfled in his sleep. It was adorable.|
|"Will as monkey," part two.|
|I AM FROM THE ABYSS.|
|Sort of looks like they need to change their ink cartridge.|
And made the boys sit and think about BUGZ.
|BUUUGS IN YOOOOOUUR HAAAAIR.|
Al realized then that he had found his people.
|He has the neck, not quite the tongue.|
|Hi. I'm your mom's spirit animal. BARK!|
|Not seals. HE WILL CUT YOU.|
|Draw me like one of your French mammals.|
|They have brushes. You can brush the goats.|
...IT DOESN'T END.
Seriously, Nebraska just goes on for freaking ever. We eventually found the Archway Monument, and stopped because JESUS IT DOESN'T END.
|The word "consargler" leaps to mind, for some reason.|
|"God dammit, you didn't get the dong right. Re-sculpt that bison!"|
Also they were made of wax. I did not know that about the settlers.
|How 'bout some more beans, Mr. Taggert?|
|During the brief period where we gave a shit about our infrastructure.|
|Burn it all. BURN IT ALL.|
|This looks bleak and creepy. You're welcome.|
|Natural camouflage. You can barely see them.|
|"Will as monkey," part 3. Note the hat, which is a new purchase.|