Original Post on December 2, 2005
The last 2 miles took 2 hours
Wrapping up our road trip across the nation….we had a great time in vegas and are ready to start driving north. We get up early on Sunday morning with the intent of beating all traffic. Because, everyone in Vegas must be sleeping…right? I mean, they were all up all night. So, right outside the city….we’re moving at a decent pace when all of a sudden the traffic comes to a screeching halt. Yes, there were a bunch of other people who had the same idea we had. Lots of people on the road coupled with road construction and lane changes made “leaving las vegas” harder than we expected. Finally moving in traffic and reaching barstow….Well know but for what? who knows?…we take the 2 lane highway to Bakersfield trying again to miss holiday exodus. Only to get stopped by traffic once again. 2 hours later (and only 7 miles further) we realized that we were converging on the one stop light within a 100 mile radius along with about 10,000 other cars. Pathetic. We stopped at one of the 4 gas stations at the stop light, got gas, fixed the undercarrige on the car (it came loose when I went Luke Duke across a median) with duc tape, then lunch at subway (I don’t like subway)….we’re on our way again. Traffic open uped after this and was pretty good the rest of the way. here’s the problem. What should have taken 3 1/2 hours to drive from Vegas to Bakersfield, took us 8 hours. Yea, bummer. So, instead of meeting my buddy Harper & his family, we changed our hotel from Redding to Sacramento, scheduled coffee the next AM with Harper, & had coffee that evening with Gerry & Mindy. Gerry & Mindy are good friends from about 4 years ago when we were in ministry at Renton Assembly. They were Children’s pastors at our church. About 3 years ago they moved to Modesto, CA to work at a church there. Since we were driving through…we thought….let’s get coffee with the Galbreaths. So we did! Great to see them. Off to The hampton in, SAC. Great Hampton!
Late to bed…Early to rise….Monday Morning!
Coffee with Harper at Starbucks in Safeway…(don’t trust all of the Starbucks in Safeway….be careful…very careful…they don’t all know what their doing). Good to see Harper…off to Seattle. We drive north with some hessitation because there has been bad weather up north. As we pulled into the Shasta lake/mountain area…it was truly breathtaking. Very beautiful. No road problems at all! The kids got out at the summit and threw snowballs….I was a mess…couldnt relax for nothing (I know it’s lame…I just was nervous about the unknown). Once we passed over the final summit and into Oregon was when we had bad weather. The rest of the way north we experienced ice/cold/& snow. Lunch in Oregon (Mcdonalds…..I now remember why I don’t like McDonalds). Brenda is driving now so I need to shut my mouth and find my happy place! Don’t get me wrong…she’s a great driver…I’m just a nervous ninny!
Rolling into Vancouver,WA around dinner, we call good friends Mark & Stacy Newell and meet for dinner. Great to see them…cute girls. Off for our final treck to the “Great White North”…..Yea…I did say that! Some roads Icy…but no problem for the most part…then through Olympia, Tacoma, Federal way….no problem. Right at 272nd (just 2 miles from our destination) the traffic stoppes and we’re in the middle of the biggest Ice/snow/traffic issue here in the Puget Sound area in years. It literally took is 2 hours to go the final 2 miles.
At 11:30 PM on Monday 11/27…..we finally arrived at my parents house in SeaTac, WA. The snow storm paralized the area for the next couple days.
It’s good to be here…now it’s time to get to work.
House in Atlanta still needs to sell.
House in Seattle is closing this month.
Went to the Neptune to see Kevin’s movie on Thursday.
Helped my buddy Lee move into his house on Friday (His wife paid his $40 for the bad sports tip)
Went to the Tacoma Little Theater tonight to see my brother (Gary) play “Father Christmas” in the play “The Lion, Witch, & the Wardrobe”. he did a great job.