First I want to apologize for the delay between entries. I haven't felt like writing much lately, and sitting out on the back deck has made for a good diversion. Three weeks ago Valerie and I took a trip up to Altoona, IA (just outside of Des Moines) to go to Adventureland Park. We left town on a Friday evening after work, and after a hitting some construction, going through a few detours, and stopping for food we made it to our hotel around 10pm. The most exciting thing within sight of the hotel was a Casey's General store so we just watched TV that evening. The next morning I got up around 9am with the intent of getting to the park when they opened at 10am. But, after I looked out the hotel window all I saw was dense fog. The entire town was covered and visibility was maybe 100 yards. Since the fog was going to make any pictures I would take look bad, we decided to take our time getting ready.