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Monday, March 30, 2009

Our little adventure

We drove down to Phoenix for my brother's wedding on Friday and had a wonderful time all weekend. We spent time with family, got to see a few friends, and the wedding itself was spectacular. I'll post pictures soon.

We intended to drive home yesterday, but the weather decided differently. We did drive most of the way, hitting major dust storms the entire 100 mile stretch between Flagstaff and Page. It definitely made that very boring leg of the drive a little more interesting, but I think I prefer boring to worrying whether or not we'd blow off the road and not being able to see more than a few feet in front of us.

The high winds continued from Page to Kanab, but it wasn't too horrible. As it started to get dark, though, we found ourselves in the middle of a blizzard. When we were about 10 or 15 miles outside of Kanab, we saw what we thought was lightning, but it was actually a transformer or something going down, because when we arrived in Kanab, it took us by surprise because you couldn't see a darn thing. The entire town was blacked out.

Our car was badly in need of gas (since we had planned on filling up in Kanab anyway) and we couldn't get any without electricity. So, I called my mom (Jill, make fun of me all you want), and she and my dad managed to call around and find a hotel for us to stay the night. There were quite a few refugees in town and the hotels filled up quickly, because, as it turned out, the two highways we could have taken to Cedar City were closed for weather. So, it was a blessing we were out of gas, otherwise we would have just continued on our merry way only to have to turn back or sleep in our car or something.

So, we checked into the hotel, along with a crowd of campers and other stranded travelers. It was kind of a strange experience, walking up to our room and not being able to see a darn thing. Thank goodness for the light of a cell phone, so the girls could go to the bathroom and I could dig through the suitcase (full of dirty clothes only) to find pajamas to wear to bed. We were all in bed asleep by 10:00 pm, since there was no TV to watch or anything else.

Good thing, since Joel woke us all up at the crack of dawn to go down and eat breakfast and leave. The highways were still closed, so we had to drive down through Colorado City/Hildale. Interesting experience, that. Joel stopped in Hurricane and got ready for work in a Chevron bathroom and he made it just in time to start teaching.

I then did a photoshoot that was planned for this morning and I think now I'd better start unloading my car in the freezing cold weather we're having.

And the entire time I'm doing that, I'll wish I was back in Phoenix.

Happy Monday!

21 comments :

  1. I'm glad you made it safely! Crazy weather!

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  2. We drove from the Grand Canyon to Page in the dark one evening. It was a little unnerving because we couldn't see ANYTHING on either side of the road or too far in front of us. We felt like we were driving on a road in space or something!

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  3. Wow, what a crazy experience! It snowed very lightly for an hour or two in Cedar yesterday (but nothing stuck), so I didn't realize it was actually worse south of us!

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  4. Quite the adventure! I personally love winter, but am ready for spring already! I can't believe you guys made it back in time to just continue on like normal! Good to have you back...any news from Michagin?

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  5. Glad you made it home safe and sound -- that is a crazy car trip home. We've stayed in Kanab quite a few times ourselves.

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  6. Those are the moments that your kids (and you) will remember forever. Fun! And also Not Fun! :)

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  7. Oh my gosh! What a time you had. I just read the book Escape about the woman who fled Colorado City. It really affected me. I probably would have been crying driving through that city. Glad you had such a wonderful weekend :)

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  8. Yes, just a harsh reminder that you're not in Phoenix anymore. :)

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  9. I'm not making fun of you for that! lol That's a different type of situation. I don't blame you for doing that one bit. Though I am jealous that you know what "weather" is like. Not that I want "blizzards" but even a little more rain around here would be nice. Glad you guys got back safe!

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  10. Glad you had a safe trip, Lara. Sounds like you times your return juuust right!

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  11. Thank goodness you guys were safe! It is always funny that these vacations, the ones with unexpected adventures, turn out to be the ones that stand out the most in memory?

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  12. HOLY COW! I'm glad you guys are intact, home, and healthy...

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  13. Glad you had a safe trip and you made it home.. Take care

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  14. What an experience! Life is crazy sometimes, isn't it? I wish we could've come to see you when you were in Mesa, but the kids both had activities going on that morning. The wedding pictures are gorgeous!

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  15. This also brings back the adventure of my mom leaving hundreds of dollars CA$H in her purse in a diner in Kanab (July 1989 - same trip I started my first period a few days later) and didn't know she left her cash filled purse in the diner in Kanab until BEAVER. That trip was just me, my mom, my two little sisters and my grandma (mom's mom). And that's right, BEAVER, is when she didn't realize she left her purse (remember I told you the other day that I can WRITE A BOOK?). We called the diner, turns out an honest person found it and they were holding it, then we stayed overnight in Beaver (which is just as exciting as Kanab) and then went back to Kanab to get it the next day THEN headed on to Salt Lake. No weather adventures on that trip, but the emotional and frustrated "dust storms" and "blizzards" and "winds" were there. Especially with the period thing a few days later.

    Why my mom didn't carry Travelers Cheques or have the money in a checking account instead of all that CA$H is one of those "screaming into a pillow" wondernments that contribute to filling the book. (this was before Debit Cards, but even if Debit Cards existed, she wouldn't have had it in that either!)

    Again, glad you made it home safe.

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  16. That is quite the adventure. I can now be thankful for a husband that always wants to be prepared. It seems that if we have any left over money. That is close to never!! He wants to buy a flashlight of some sort. They are in our emergency bags, our cars, on our key chains, in drawers at home, the kids have two or three in their rooms. Good thing you have a cell phone.

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  17. What an adventure never to forget. I am glad that you made it ok. Have a super week.

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  18. Can I just say "thank you" one more time for squeezing in out crazy morning photo shoot so soon after your adventure when you just as easily could have said, "Today is not going to work for me."? You're the best!

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