We left Redlands about 10:00 Sunday morning and got to I5 and the base of the Grapevine about 11:30. Grapevine is nickname for the 4,400' pass over the Tehachapi Mountains. Traffic was quite slow and then we got into this unforecasted mess and 25 degrees. DS Josh pointed out that the crazy California drivers are tailgating, even on ice. Stepdaughter Margi informed him that it's just stop-and-go traffic.
The cars were zipping by us with just regular street tires, until they started sliding off the road and then they slowed to this crawl. The windshield wipers froze so Ian finally had to pull over and break off the ice. When we got back on the road, we were the only car on the entire stretch, clear to the San Joaquin Valley - eerie. We stopped at an In 'n Out Burger for lunch in Bakersfield about 2:00 and the whole buzz was how they had closed the Grapevine. Southbound traffic stretched for miles. Apparently we were the last northbound car through!
We spent the night in Modesto. The hotel had a writing desk and Alexia was thrilled to sit and draw at for an hour while we looked at our laptops. We didn't get home until mid-day Monday so my picture for week 11 wasn't taken until Tuesday. It snowed, then rained and then snowed again while we were gone.
We awoke to pogonip - an adaptation of a Shoshone word that means cloud. It is what meteorologists call freezing fog. It flocks the trees and is gorgeous to look at but nasty to drive in. It was 18 degrees when I took this picture at 9:00 in the morning. Tomorrow is supposed to be the last day. I feel like the witch from Narnia has been here.
This was my travel knitting - it's the 4th time I've made this scarf but the first one I get to keep for me. The yarn is MadelineTosh fingering weight superwash Merino, very soft. I had worked on another scarf for about 4 hours and finally ripped it out after mistakes, reknitting and diminishing fun. Knitting is supposed to be fun!
Ian and I went to town this morning to see our doctor and go over annual lab work that was done in December. Both of our reports were excellent except for one thing. I've developed hypothyroidism and came home with a prescription for Synthroid. I start taking it in the morning and he assures me I will notice a change in my energy levels within the first week - a late Christmas present. Woo hoo!
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