#Travelin4Coffee Day 4 Driving and a Bunn Cocktail Party! #CoffeeCon

#Travelin4Coffee Day 4 Driving and a Bunn Cocktail Party! #CoffeeCon

     Day 4 of driving to CoffeeCon started in Elmwood, Nebraska (H on the map) with the need of getting to I before 3pm.  I had to get there in time to shower and then join Amanda at the Bunn hosted cocktail party!  
     I thought that the day was going to be perfect, it was sunny and a good driving temp when I woke up bright and early and hit the road.  Again, I had no idea what I was driving into later in the day.  

     As you can see in the photo above, which I did not notice until I was looking over my photos later, shows exactly what the weather would hold for me.  I was just trying to catch a pic of the Iowa State sign but managed to catch the clouds as well.  It also ended up being the only photo of Iowa I captured on Day 4.  
     The sky opened up and drenched me in an Ice and Snow storm that was even bigger than what I drove through two days before!  Never in my life would I have imagined driving through this type of weather in May across the Midwest   I was prepared for thunder storms, tornado type weather etc. but not a winter blizzard.  

     Thank goodness for hands-free phones and a lot of people on the other end giving me weather updates and checking on me as I drove!  Eventually as I neared the Illinois state line the weather just stopped!  A little rain/drizzle but other than that, nothing to speak of!  


Super neat Giant in Wilmington, IL
     I finally made it to Braidwood, IL!  It was great to be done driving for a bit, and to see Amanda and her kiddos!  I got to meet her Mom – Mary and Donnie!  We got ready for the Bunn meet & greet and headed up to Naperville, IL.  
     The BUNN event was held at Maggiano’s, and to be honest, I as exhausted when we arrived.  Amanda and I were the first blogger/speaker/VIP’s to arrive but the BUNN reps were very welcoming.  As people started arriving it quickly became a place where I started to feel – out of place.  I can be very shy at first and the people I was meeting were not just bloggers but true coffee experts.  I was feeling like they were trying to “one-up” each other with their coffee knowledge.  I was wondering why on earth I was there or even invited.  I had no clue how to even keep up with their conversations!   My opinion would change greatly the next day, but Friday night I was feeling very out of place.  
     The food was great, and I did have some wonderful conversations.  Most people were very interested in asking Amanda and myself about Military life etc. That really helped keep the conversations flowing.  
     Overall, I am glad we went. I would love to see the photos from that night, I have not seen the professional ones posted yet.  

Read all of my CoffeeCon trip posts here!  #Travelin4Coffee

*Disclosure* I was invited by CoffeeCon to attend as a VIP Blogger, that is how I was at the BUNN Cocktail Party, and the Kitchenaid Luncheon.  These two events were not open to the public.  All the other aspects of the event were!  I did have Sponsors such as United Mayflower ContainerGlass Dharma, and Cross Country Cafe who helped to offset the cost of my trip.  


  1. You are great so no need to be shy. Was weird weather for this time of year… Glad you are safe!

  2. I love the Giant! Have you ever heard of Roadside America (http://www.roadsideamerica.com/)? You should submit your picture!

  3. What a great experience, I'm glad you found some conversation starters

  4. Looks like you had fun!!

  5. Wow, that is a long trip. It looks like a beautiful drive though!

  6. Some great photos were captured! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Definitely would not have been wanting to be driving in that. We were getting snow here first part of May too.