Do you travel for the holidays or stay home?
I mentioned on Day 9 that we don’t have a lot of time to travel for the holidays and often stay home. When we do travel we usually drive so ZuZu can come with us but the weather between Colorado and Iowa tends to be unpredictable in December/January which makes traveling a hassle. When Wayne was promoted he took on the task of overseeing inventory for his department every 27th of the month so while he has Christmas Day off he’s usually really busy the following days. We decided then that traveling for the holidays wasn’t going to happen very often. We’re pretty jinxed when it comes to any type of traveling so we’re pretty okay staying home. I’ve listed just a few of our Christmas jinxes below.
- The first Christmas after moving to Colorado we drove back to Iowa. The day we had planned to come back a blizzard shut down the Interstate for 2 days. The normal 10 hour drive back to the mountains took us 15 and we saw 64 1/2 cars in the ditch. And yes I mean 1/2, there was only parts of one scattered about. Since the speeds were around 30 miles for a good portion of Nebraska, ZuZu spent a lot of time hanging her head out the window.
- A few years ago my pregnant sister-in-la was due in early January. We happened to have the week of Christmas off but decided that we would fly back in January so we could see the new baby. As luck would have it she went into labor early and on Christmas Eve our nephew was born. On our return trip a snow storm in Denver stranded us in Iowa for hours. We ended up getting a really late flight back with only 30 people on board the 737. Everyone was given a specific seat to even out the weight of the plane. The landing was extremely turbulent (more than usual for the Rockies), there were so many snow plows lining the runway it looked like daylight.
- Two years ago we had planned a nice quiet day at home in Colorado but there was a death in my husband’s family the week before Christmas. We had a few days to get back so I scheduled ZuZu for a day at Camp Bow Wow so she’d be exhausted by the time we were going to leave. It ended up snowing that day so between the snow and spending the day playing with her buddies she was so excited she spent hours wiggling around in the back seat. On car trips she spends a lot of time nose squished against the window, staring out at the fields of Nebraska. We do a lot of our drives at night so when it gets dark and there’s nothing to see she finally falls asleep.
Zu loves when we travel back because she has free roam of the 2 acre yard at my parents. Her dog cousins keep her pretty busy as well as donkeys and chickens. She spends so much time running that this is usually how she spends the trip back.
What are your holiday travel plans? Any misadventures in past years?
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