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.