Day 03 - Wednesday, November 27 to December 2, 2013 - Drive to Austin, TX, Visit Our Son, Celebrate Our 40th Anniversary, Drive Home to Colorado
Turkey Day Trek to Texas
Our evening in Lubbock was surprisingly cold! The temperatures were in the low 30’s and there was snow everywhere. The desk clerk told us there had been a driving rain that turned to snow and the roadways were treacherous. She mentioned that there had been a full house at the Best Western because of the impassible roads stranding passengers.
We went to diner at one of Lubbock’s best Mexican restaurants according to Trip Advisor, called Abuelos on 82nd street. The hostess who seated us was limping as a result of a car accident the day before. She said that there were over 137 serious accidents during the storm.
We were certainly fortunate that we avoided that weather. When we got back to the hotel we caught up on our e-mail messages, took a shower, and organized ourselves for the trip into Austin on Wednesday. The Accord was covered with frost and as dirty with sand, salt, and grime as we had ever seen it.
We asked about places to wash the car, but everyone looked at us like we were crazy – no one washes a car when it is close to freezing in Texas!
With Lubbock in our rear-view mirror, we finally found the sun. The Sand Hill Cranes were leading the way south. We went as far as Coleman before we found a car wash that was open.
When we passed through Fredericksburg, an old German settlement, we stopped for a few photos and also spent an hour browsing through an artisan and pottery shop. It was 3:00 by the time we tore ourselves away and joined the Thanksgiving Holiday traffic going into the capital.
It was almost dark and after 5:00 when we arrived at our son’s home to spend Turkey Day and help him with a long list of chores. We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary on Saturday night with a wonderful dinner at Sienna, an Italian restaurant.
On December 1st we celebrated the actual day of our anniversary watching the Denver Broncos beat the Kansas City Chiefs, and then we walked to Baskin-Robbins for ice cream.
We had the car packed so we could leave Austin at 4:30 before all of the traffic hit the highways on Monday morning. Our journey back to Colorado was relatively easy with both of us driving. Vic always takes the lion’s share behind the wheel.
Colorado welcomed us at 2:45 MST, and we were home in Monument by 5:30 – a long day on the road, but worth it to get home before the next cold front brings snow to Elephant Rock.
First Happy Anniversary. Been thinking of you and was happy to see all the photos. Am glad you missed most of the ice and snow.
Congrats on the 40th! The trip sounds wonderful.
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I havr relatives all throughout Texas, Odessa, Lubbock, Austin, Fredricksberg, San antonio, Junction, Brownwood, and then going into Eat Texas - Dallas, LOL 40 years - Congrat's!!! We had our 40th this past Feb. Glad y'all are home safe and sound - this is an ugly storm we are having!
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