We finally reached Interstate 35 where many cars were disabled from accidents on the slick roadway. A semi-truck suddenly came sliding off the icy road from the south-bound lanes into the median heading right for us. Luckily, the driver kept it from rolling over or going into our lane. We drove very slowly and decided we needed to get off the snowy highway that had very little visibility due to the blowing snow.
It was 1PM and we were hungry and cold, so we took an exit in the white-out conditions hoping to find a town. We were going down a deserted highway and thought we would be lost. Looking at our map, we decided to find the nearest town. We found a road that led us to Faribault, Minnesota. In Faribault, we found a little restaurant that served Greek food and had a candy shop. After enjoying hot soup and a gyros sandwich, Ron bought a pound box of chocolate truffles to take to Anne and her family. We drove another hour to Chaska, MN. We greeted Anne, Brent, Will and Milla at their home that was surrounded by snow and ice.
|Grandpa Ron, Ron's daughter Anne, |
Grandma Vicki, Son-in-law Brent
and grandchildren Milla (front) and Will (back)
|Will last summer|
|Anne with Milla in 2010|
On Sunday, we decided to head home to New Mexico to beat an impending snow storm. We got as far as Kansas City before the snow caught up with us.
As we drove on I-35 south of Kansas City through the darkness and heavy snowfall, we saw many auto accidents caused by slippery road condiitons. "White-knuckling" the icy roads, we made it to Emporia, KS to spend the night. On Monday, January 10, we headed toward Liberal, Kansas via US 54 where the snow had finally stopped. Our 4Runner was completely covered with ice, sand and salt by the time we made it home to Sandia Park, New Mexico at 8PM that evening. We breathed a sigh of relief and settled into our beds, happy to be back home safe and sound. Ron pledged that we would not be making anymore winter road trips to Minnesota and Iowa again.