Ahh, the holidays. Wonderful times, wonderful memories. The joy of family and presents. And then the trials and tribulations. A road trip the day after Christmas this year began late and without a check of the weather. Alas we were heading directly into a blizzard with 12-16" of snow expected. What should have been a 7.5 hour drive turned into an overnight odyssey with over 16 hours of road time. Then we had a marvelous visit with my sister and her family ... A great time was had playing in the snow and enjoying snow sports: snowshoeing, sledding, cross country skiing, and for some snowboarding. Unfortunately her husband was sick and unfortunately he passed it on to my daughter.
Time to travel home - complete with one sick person. A roundabout way and a stop to pick up mom - now we are traveling in 2 cars. And then a missed turn ... at dinner time on the road on New Year's Eve and we ended up with a flat tire. Murphy's Law I guess. Fortunately my wonderful husband quickly put on the spare and we were on the road again. Finally got home about 11:15 pm. An 11 hour odyssey this time. Vermont seems very far away. I think next time we will opt for a summer visit! A very tired foursome celebrated at midnight with some sparkling grape juice and retired for the night. Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013.