I know this is supposed to be a thread about books, but I just watched the first two episodes of the Outlander series. Now I have to get the books. No wonder you guys that read it loved it. I can't wait until the next show.
I've been reading the Outlander series since I found it in approximately 1998. Love 'em! I've seen the first episode and need to make the time to watch the 2nd.
Cheri, it looks like the *most* direct route is from Moline directly south to STL. But that's not the point! I need some girl time too (I work with a bunch of guys and in October, I'll be on my own at the client's site.) And I want to get the party started since I have the opportunity.
I see there's a Fairfield in in Ames and a Hertz at the airport nearby. If we could meet at the Hertz, I can turn in my car and pick up another on the way back. Of course, I have no idea how far the Ames airport is from you. I would have said meet at the Fairfield, but they don't have a shuttle so I can keep my car overnight (cheaper than the cab quoted) and turn it in Thursday morning.
Unless it would be better to meet at your FIL's house. If I can avoid paying for a rental car while I'm not using it, I'd like to.
I was just reading through this thread, and thinking about joining you all since I'm already in St. Louis, and have that weekend open. I would not need a hotel room, but would be happy to share meeting room costs.
We have family in Iowa and often make the driving trip from STL to DSM. Regarding your meet-up place, I would suggest Iowa City (4.5 hrs to STL) or Mt. Pleasant (3.5 hrs to STL), depending on the route Cheri takes from Des Moines. That gives you some girl time in the car without having to drive way out of your way to meet up. Both of those cities are large enough that there should be car rentals available, though I didn't check for actual rental agencies. BTW, drive times are based on my husband's usual highway speed, which may be greater than yours...
Those are both good ideas Karen! It just boils down to whether we want to drive a little/lot longer to be able to carpool with Angie and Conda (near Kansas City). I'll maybe leave that up to Michele since most all of that extra driving would be hers before she got to me.