December 30, 2015

Notes from the Road …

 Best Christmas gift: a quickie roadtrip to the snow in Bryce & Zion.
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First day spanned three Costcos across four states.  Why three Costcos?  1. Cheap gas.  2. Cheap food.  3. Hunt for cheap winter outerwear (because, duh - our local Costco doesn't really sell such attire).

Two older teens dismissed the "need" to buy cheap coats ($20!! You'll see me stylishly sporting mine all thru these pictures).  Pro: two older teens don't flippantly spend our money.  Con: two older teens WERE cold both outdoor days.  Pro: two older teens NEVER complained. Not once. Nada. Zip.

Snow is so cool and fun and other-worldly and awesome to visit.  Snow is also Cold.  And near white-out conditions at night on mountain passes are not amusing.  Glad we don't live in the snow.

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Bryce is stunning.

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Let's talk restaurant and fast food inflation.  Ugh.  We mistakenly thought a sandwich shop in a gas station would be a relatively economical choice.  Nearly $50 (and that was only 4 sandwiches) and mediocre food later, I was all, like, bah.  And then breakfast at the Best Western - not the Ritz, the Best Western - cafe - again, totally mediocre food, and only three of us ordering a full meal - $65.  The rest of our travel meals were procured at the grocery store.  We will be rethinking how we do travel food in the future.

Unfortunately, on this trip, 40% of the Keller clan (who shall remain nameless) were SICK.  Sick enough to cough and blow noses all through the looooong sleepless nights.  True story: we drove home a day early because Big Dude couldn't handle even one more night of being kept awake with our sniffling and coughing and blowing of noses.  We won't enter into the discussion [here and now] of my twenty years of sleeplessness due to a certain individual's wall-rattling snoring...

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Snowballs will never not be fun for boys.

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Common scenario:  Me, exiting potty-stop specific restroom, to four dudes waiting.  Their expressions saying, "What took You so long?"  My response: "Well, *I* did wash my hands."  Their response: shrug, wry grin.

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Dog Dude likes snow.  But he quickly discovered that he cannot eat it, as he did in his youth, without vomiting.  He demonstrated his new knowledge, at our feet, right while a nice man was taking our family's picture in front of the canyon.  You're welcome.

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Zion is stunning.

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On our way home, leaving Zion, the skies opened up and pelted down hail, and then further down the road, pouring rain.  We stopped at a cute cafe that promised yummy cider and coffee and crepe goodies.  We braved the rain, running to the entrance, were seated, ordered, waited, and waited, and were told our drinks were being made, and waited, and then the electricity blacked out. We left. :-(  We eventually stopped at an In n Out another hour down the road.  No coffee or crepe goodies, but at least there was electricity and food.

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Worth repeating:  Snowballs are The Best.

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More pics to come.  I took a BUNCH.  Surprise, right?


CountryMouse said...

This trip looks amazing and the snow in the rocks ... wow! Love the shots of your family time. Our family has alway bought food for travel and holidays, taking it with us, with fast food and cafes being a treat every now and again.

Anita Johnson said...

I've only been to Bryce once and it remains a favorite place. Beautiful pictures as always...and good to see all of you!
Happy New Year To you!

Tracy P. said...

Oh yea--Kellers+snow! We traded you. 89º in Florida. It was so exciting to go back out and photograph frost this morning. I'm not even kidding. You should hang onto your cheap jacket and use it again. You could even come visit me! ;-)

Jackie said...

Family travels always have the best stories! I don't envy you trying to feed a family of all boys while on vacation.