Posted (Tina) in All Posts on November-30-2008

The morning was relaxing and quiet as the snow continued to fall. It was pretty to look at, but it also presented a clear danger in driving home. We knew that it was going to take a long time, but we had no idea what was in store.

The first part of the drive that should have taken about 20-25 minutes took 3 hours. It is a gradual uphill climb to the highest altitude on the drive. Not only had the snow been falling continously, but there were so many cars on the road. It was like a parking lot. Because there were so many cars, the plows couldn’t clear the roads adequately to keep up with the snowfall.

Many people were driving vehicles that were not suited for the winter driving conditions. Even those with four wheel drive were still having challenges. Since it was uphill, it presented an even greater obstacle. In that situation, momentum is your friend. Too many cars would stop completely and then would try to start and were sliding around the road and blocking lanes. Their tires would not grab the road. You could smell brakes and clutches burning. It was a scary drive. Everywhere around you, cars were sliding around. Josh was trying his best to keep the car moving and avoid other drivers.

Once we got to the Eisenhower Tunnel, it became a downhill drive. At first, the visibility was so limited. The wind was blowing the snow around so hard that you could barely see the tail lights of the vehicle in front of you. We were not having the issues of cars spinning out, but the road was icy and the visibility was poor. From this point in the drive, everything went smooth. We took our time, but it was not scary like the first three hours of the drive.

It was hard with Ella. For the first part of the drive, she did well. But after an hour, she became fussy. She does not like her car seat. It is not that comfortable. She was just bored and there was only so much I could do to entertain her. The movement of the car helps, but since it was bumper to bumper traffic, the car wasn’t moving all that much. Finally, I grabbed her DVD player. I was leaving it as a last resort. We did not have the plug for the car, so it was on batteries. We knew that batteries would not last long. But when I could not get her to stop crying after trying and trying to console, I distracted her with the DVD player. Thankfully, the batteries lasted longer than we imagined and by that point, the motion of the car was back as we headed home.

When we got down the mountain, we discovered that it had been snowing in Denver too. As I type this post, there is snow outside covering the rooftops and trees, and the temperature is 21 degrees. Chilly.

It was so nice to have a getaway weekend. It is a lot of work to pack up everything for Ella, but well worth the change in scenery. I’m not sure when we will be able to do it again, but it is so nice to know that we can go have that time as a family. And yet at the same time, it is nice to come home.

Work starts up again tomorrow. I’m hoping the roads are more clear for the morning commutes. Nothing is worse than it taking 2 hours to drive to work. Kelly is buried in snow down in Colorado Springs (16″ of snow today). Instead of driving back tonight, she is going to come early in the morning. Please pray for a safe trip back for her.

James 1:16-18 (The Message)
So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures.

Anne (CA) on November 30th, 2008 at 10:03 pm #

Glad you made it home safely through all the snow! Thanks for sharing the pictures… made it feel like Christmas…! Here in SoCal we don’t get to see much snow… Safe travels to SuperNanny tomorrow! –A

Joel Snyder on November 30th, 2008 at 10:27 pm #

Ella, What great news that your first snow trip turned out so well. I am glad that you did so great in the car that can be boring and a long drive. Josh and Tina thanks for the updates today as I worried with the weather. I am getting ready for work after twelve days off. I am praying for Kelly’s safe trip back. Check you guys later. Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!!!

Kara on November 30th, 2008 at 11:03 pm #

Glad you got home safely. Those mountain trips can be a bit harrowing. I remember, as a child, my parents pulling over to put on the chains on the way up the mountain. Then being scared that we were going to slide off the side of the mountain. Still gives me nightmares. Really glad you made it home safe. Kiss those cheeks for me.

Williamsburg on December 1st, 2008 at 8:06 am #

So glad you are home safely after the stress of such a drive – yikes. Still, as you said, sometimes it is worth it just to get away, esp to such a beautiful mountain retreat. Hope work and health and life go great for all of you this week – hugs and kisses all around. XOXOXO

megan on December 1st, 2008 at 8:21 am #

Wow what an adventure for all of you.. I am so thankful your had a wonderful time and that you all got home safely. Doodlebug your pictures are saying a thousands words. You are so adorable and I am glad that you are doing well… I hope Kelly was about to get back as well. Hugs to all!

Jan Costas on December 1st, 2008 at 9:20 am #

I’m so glad you were able to get away and have a change of scenery, and that Ella did so well. I was praying for you getting home. Listening to the weather reports, I didn’t want you stranded in some shelter. I’m sure Kelly made it OK; it’s a gorgeous day today. Have a wonderful week.

Lisa Richmond on December 1st, 2008 at 11:31 am #

OMG…the snow…I miss it already! It’s sunny and 58 here today! so that is good…and besides the brief week of flooding..we really haven’t had the traditional rain that we get all winter long!

Ella is so beautiful…and hey…I would get road rage sitting in a car seat that long too! I am so glad you guys are doing well! Give hugs to all of you!

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