We’re home from Iowa no worse for wear.

This is just a quick note to let folks know we survived the trip. Expect an update that goes into details of the trip including some pics later once I get a moment to catch my breath. Work is busy today because we had a power outage on Monday that took a good chunk of the workstations down so most of my morning has been occupied dealing with the fallout from that.

For the moment I’ll just say that 8 hour drives are made much easier when you have a good GPS navigation system easing any worries about getting lost. The Garmin Nuvi 360 performed flawlessly and managed to find decent detours whenever we ran into road construction related backups. Our hosts drove us around all weekend so it didn’t get much use in Iowa itself, but it got us there and home again without incident.

Alas the trip wasn’t without some minor tragedy as, after getting through the whole weekend just fine, I managed to drop my newly repaired Canon Powershot A80 in the parking lot of our apartment complex re-denting the casing on the bottom corner and causing a decorative plastic ring around the lense to pop off. The camera still works fine, but I’m mighty unhappy with myself. I’ll also need to find some plastics appropriate glue to put the ring back on. It’s purely cosmetic, but I’d still like the camera to look halfway decent when I point it at people.

That’s it for now. Haven’t had a chance to see how well the pictures turned out, but will check that this afternoon when I get home.