I never mind a good road trip, but the last one we took as a family definitely has me rethinking that. It will have to be at least a year before we attempt anything like it again. We started off knowing that both routes to Idaho were going to have bad weather and our options were to decide between bad and worse. We stopped at this darling little farm market just outside of Bakersfield to grab some fresh fruits and nuts for the drive. By the time we got back to the car the clouds were ominous and we knew we were in for a real treat of a drive!
By Tehachepi we were in a crazy blizzard and the roads were slick as can be!
The snow eventually cleared but fierce winds replaced it. When we stopped for what turned out to be an every two our potty break, the wind was so strong we had to fight to stand upright. The boys thought it was the coolest thing ever!
The drive was a bit uneventful for a few hours other than some rain here and there and then it all went down hill and fast! As we came in to St George Utah the snow stopped but it had left a mess in it's wake. The freeway that had been closed, just opened up, so we thought it would be safe. Not so. I have never seen as many cars in the ditches on the sides of the road crashed and many abandoned. Big rigs slid off the road in front of us. When we stopped to put our chains on, the road was so icy I couldn't even get decent footing to stand by the tires to begin the process. When we finally got it done and climbed back into the car, it took a while for my breathing to return to normal. My insides were frozen!We drove a few miles more on the ice rink that is normally I15 and pulled off at a rest area to check our chains.
The freezing temperatures in Idaho resulted in a crack the length of my windshield. The car wash I insisted upon in 5* weather resulted in a broken window track on the drivers door and likely the broken back hatch handle. The extra length on the chains resulted in missing chunks of paint on both rear fenders and torn mud flaps. The length of time spent in a moving vehicle caused Jeff to declare we will never be driving to Idaho in the winter with the entire family ever again. I'd like to think the most recent bit of sanity I've lost is due to this trip as well.
Short of a car accident the traveling couldn't have been much worse!