Christmas 2010

Trip Start May 05, 2008
Trip End Mar 01, 2011

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas 2010 was a bit different than the usual tradition. Plane ticket prices were through the roof, so we decided to head to Las Vegas at the beginning of December to celebrate. Just because of how the holiday fell, I ended up with nearly a whole week off at Christmas time, so I decided to drive to California and surprise mom for Christmas. Everyone but mom knew I was coming, and I drove all day and all night, and all day again, through the worst storm the southwest has seen in 40 years, only to arrive at the bottom of the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino and find that the freeway was closed due to a mudslide. I was trying to make it to the house before Mom got home from work, but I had taken too many delays because of weather. I would be driving through bad weather, pull over to sleep and let the weather pass, then drive on again only to get stuck in it once again. I could never manage to get a head of it, so this was my pattern the whole way. Now another delay, so I head around through Ontario and manage to make it to the house before mom. It turns out that Gunny and Kinzie picked up worse than when I left with their fighting, and Boogie was scared of Gunny, so my poor boys either lived in the guest room or in my truck while we were gone….

We saw mom pull up in the driveway. She didn't see my truck; she wasn’t expecting it to be there, and it was somewhat hidden between Larry’s work van and the neighbor’s car, and luckily it was raining so hard mom just missed it. She walked into the back door, yelling greetings to Larry and Gunny, and I walked out of the den with my hands on my hips and said, "About time you got home!" She stood there gaping, in shock, for what seemed like forever until she finally flung her purse and things in the air, yelled, “OMG what are you doing here!!” and gave me a huge bear hug. It was worth the horrible drive for her expression.

I also saw Dad, and the two of us, along with Leah, had dinner and went to walk around the Mission Inn. It is a beautiful place, and even moreso at Christmas time….

The drive back home seemed just as long. I wasn’t tired for some reason, and didn’t stop nearly as often as I had before. Needless to say, by the time I actually started getting tired, we were in Gallup, just a couple hours from home and I just wanted to get home. I was a bit grumpy and definitely travel weary, but home called. Even my boys were getting grumpy at being cooped up, but we made it home in good timing.
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