So...last update was two days before my birthday. We had just gone to get our family photo with Santa for the local Humane Society. Here is the Harvey clan:
All was going superb. Durango was as fun as ever, I was running about 6x / week, all was good
Then it went to heck
First, we got snowed in for a day as Durango got hit with 14+ inches. Hud loved it
Next, my birthday. After we got plowed out in the late afternoon we went into town for a few things. Sadly we didn't make it up our pretty steep hill in 4WD. After the 3rd try fell just short, we decided to back down the hill and put the chains on. Unfortunately the car ended up off the road in the snow, stuck. An hour later the guy who plowed our rural road came by with a tow rope and got us out. After he plowed more we made it up. I was going to run down the hill and toss him a tip...but my wallet was now MIA, probably buried under a few feet of snow
The next day was better but not great - driving 10 hours to the Father-in-Law in Utah. Generally it was ok...but once we got through Moab it was freezing (as low as -4 Fahrenheit) and when it's dark in rural Utah, you can't see much. The worst stretch was the curvy mountain pass Soldier Summit in Utah. Maureen was driving so I just dozed off and assumed all would be good or we'd be dead, not much I could do. Still, the scenery was awesome
The first few hours was in Colorado and driving was done at below the speed limit
Utah is spectacular
Moab should be on our post-Christmas itinerary
The visit in Utah was cool, complete with a birthday cake from her sister. The next day we were off to Jackson Hole. Much easier drive, although there was a long stretch with no one else and no cell coverage through national forest in Idaho
This was leaving Salt Lake area
Entering the National Forest in Idaho
Grumpus was impressed
So far not bad here in Jackson Hole but not enough snow to warrant spending $200 on skiing - limited runs and patchy. What a disappointment. The town of Jackson is nice, good coffee at the bagel shop (and good art)
Saturday we drove through an Elk Reserve...saw Big Horn Sheep
Sunday we cruised up to Jackson Hole (the ski resort)
Hud still loves the snow...
Today I finally mailed presents to my parents. Mom got ripped off - not allowed to ship perishable items. So...Mom, here you go - Merry Christmas!
My Christmas vacation starts tomorrow (Wednesday) at 6pm sharp!