|The spacious tournament room|
There were a few children playing bughouse, so while we waited for the pairings, Daniel J., Gokul (1 game), Ana, the current Iowa Girls Chess Champion Teresa, and I got another game started. There's nothing more fun, exciting, and relaxing (is that a contradiction?) to do between rounds than play bughouse.
By the time we reached Waterloo I was quite tired and was fighting the urge to fall asleep. Finally we saw the church on the hill near our exit. We took the exit and then asked "Where's the road?" The local highway was covered with snow! Thankfully there wasn't much snow and we proceeded slowly toward home.
Next were the gravel roads! First there was a little drift to one side, and a little drift on the other side, and then the whole road was covered by one drift after another! We were blessed to be able to make it, plowing through the drifts to finally reach our driveway. But it was hardly time to breathe a sigh of relief. My dear mother and sister had shoveled out our driveway earlier in the day, but a 2-foot drift now blocked the entrance.