We planned the President’s Day weekend in Tahoe. We left on Friday at 2:30 p.m. for Heavenly Ski Resort. I usually enjoy driving, and that day it started out very nice. Some people do not like driving because it makes them nervous, but for me that is not the case!
After Sacramento, the traffic was awful—bumper to bumper. My optimism was gone after ten hours of driving! My husband said we still had nine more hours and he wanted to turn back home. I said, “No, we have already come so far.”
To make things worse, the weather became terrible. People even started to pee behind their car! At this time, I was thinking to myself, “This drive to Heavenly is not very heavenly!” It was 4:00 a.m. Saturday, and my navigation said we only had 38 miles (one hour and 50 minutes), but my husband said we had six more hours. I didn’t believe it! We got to Edgewood Hotel at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, and the people there were so nice. They gave us champagne after I told them we had been driving 19 hours from the East Bay. We had breakfast and then slept all day. My body was exhausted and shaking.
On Sunday, we went skiing and it was fantastic! The weather was great. But bad luck followed us again. The power went out at 1:00 p.m. and the gondola was not working. We had to wait for buses to rescue us on the top of the mountain. Three buses came after two hours. At dinner we celebrated surviving another day. We decided to stay another day to avoid traffic. By talking to other people, we found that I had the race for longest drive of 19 hours, and I didn’t want to repeat that.
On Tuesday, we drove home. The weather was nice, sunny day, and it only took us three hours and 50 minutes to get home. It was awesome. I felt like we had only driven home from Walnut Creek. Home sweet home! Everybody was happy to get back home.