We returned from our 2,000 mile road trip on Christmas Day. I’m still disoriented after 8 days away from home, but the open-road journey was a refreshing (although exhausting) change in routine. We had never traveled so far by car on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Lessons learned:
1. You may find yourselves the lone occupants of an entire hotel on Christmas Eve. We were the only ones staying in one of the new hotels in Richfield, Utah but they provided a generous free hot breakfast the next morning just for the two of us anyway!
2. If you’re traveling I-70 through Utah and Colorado on Christmas Day, the road is empty of traffic. If the weather cooperates, you can enjoy smooth sailing and scenic vistas the whole way.
3. If you’re traveling I-70 through Utah and Colorado on Christmas Day, there are very few eating establishments open. Our Christmas dinner was at Carl’s Jr. in Idaho Springs!
Although I intended to spend many road travel hours knitting socks, at the last minute before we left I grabbed a bag of stash cotton scraps. When I wasn’t driving, I merrily selected this and that from the bag to create a hodgepodge of color combinations for eleven crocheted My Fave Dishcloths:
Our road travels took us through spectacular scenery and the changing landscapes of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California. We spent 3 days in San Diego, then drove north along the coast, ending at our intended destination two days before Christmas: a family wedding in Anaheim, CA. We hit the road early on Christmas Eve, driving all day, and repeated the scenario on Christmas Day. The weather cooperated, there were no car-trouble issues, and we arrived home injury-free! (see this post for a description of how some of our other road trips have ended.)
If you’d like to see photos from the journey, links to Flickr sets are below for your armchair travel enjoyment:
One last FO completed the journey. A few weeks ago I knit a Ton o’ Fun Toboggan Hat for DH to wear on his next cross-country ski trip.
He liked it so much he asked me to make one for his coworker. I knit it up quickly the day after Christmas, because they intended to wear their hats on their first lunch visit to the new Colorado Steak ‘n Shake the next day.
Alas, they didn’t wear them while enjoying their burgers and shakes but will definitely use them when the next blast of cold, snow, and good ski conditions arrives.
Step by step I will reorient to the daily routine (that is, until our next road trip to Steamboat Springs, CO in January!) For now I am grateful for the time to pause and reflect on the events of 2011 and look forward to whatever 2012 has in store for Designs by KN.
Happy New Year!