Final scores…

  • Twice 850-odd miles driving, not counting side trips. The trip out was nice.
  • Two kids who slept most of the trip, both ways.
  • Three days my father spent skiing in Telluride with my 2 kids, and one sister. My father has since recovered.
  • One day of falling snow, around dawn, on the drive back only. Driving in the dark in falling snow on icy roads is novel and thus fun. I grew up in southern California.
  • Two spin-outs behind, watched in the rear-view mirror, one of which may have been Colorado highway patrol. Never saw a spin-out on an icy road before.
  • Two cars passed when off the road, not in control (them not me), west of Grand Junction in Colorado.
  • One Utah highway patrol who turned on his lights briefly when we topped a rise from opposite directions. Might have had something to do with speed on a clean, fast section of road.
  • Two more cars off the road - coming from the other direction on the I-70 - in the Fishlake mountains in Utah.
  • Two very large snow-plows facing my tiny minivan in a snow-covered parking lot, when I came out of the “Panoramaland” rest stop. The driver was friendly and polite. I removed the minivan from their path.
  • Seven(!) snow plows working on the I-70 in Utah. These folk do not mess around - the road was in good shape.
  • Many hours peacefully driving down the I-70 and I-15 in gradually thickening traffic.
  • One Utah highway patrol car who swooped in from behind, and pulled over the car I was following.
  • Three Nevada highway patrol cars in the median (two facing toward, one away) who offered no objection as we flew by.
  • One “cancel” button on the cruise control that works very well.
  • One hour lost grinding through slow and rude traffic on the twisted and warped portion of the Interstate through Las Vegas.
  • I hate Las Vegas - an ugly place.
  • Another hour lost getting to and past Primm, Nevada. No obvious reason for the slowdown, but it makes money in Primm. Might be intentional, and not likely the California Highway Patrol would catch them (or try).
  • I hate Nevada, or at least parts.
  • Hours of thick traffic and poor drivers on the I-15 in California. Not nice.
  • One SUV that very nearly had a spectacular accident, right in front of me, on the fast/last downhill of the Cajon Pass. Another foot to the left would have taken his/her car off the shoulder. At that speed I my guess is a spin followed by a tumble, and maybe a bounce or two. Bummer.
  • The two mostly-sleeping kids missed all the witnessed mishaps.
  • One trouble-free and more than usually eventful trip.