We had a whirlwind trip to Dallas this weekend. We went to visit family and it was wonderful! I’ll share all about it later this week. But first, let’s discuss the trip home. What should have been a 7 hour trip turned into a 29 hour trek home. In fact, we spent nearly as long getting home from Dallas as we spent IN Dallas, ha! We were only in Dallas 37 hours (arrived 2am Saturday and left 3pm Sunday) so it really was a short trip. But I digress. So why such a long trip home? Well, you see, after a gorgeous nearly 80-degree day on Saturday, the ice apocalypse arrived Sunday afternoon. Christopher is in the middle of a huge project at work so we knew we needed to try to make it home. Since it wasn’t bad in Dallas when we left, we decided to go for it!
This was our car before we left the Dallas area. Some ice, but not too bad. Ironically Christopher named our car Apolo. As in Apolo Ohno. The ice skater. How aptly that name proved to fit this trip. Speaking of our car… it’s a 2006 Scion XA. It is tiny. We get amazing gas mileage. But it definitely is not made to handle rough terrain. Or ice. Or a combination of both.
In the first four hours of our trip we only made it 90 miles because the roads were so bad in East Texas. Plus it was still sleeting so heavily on us so we were driving nearly blind. This picture was taken after the sleet subsided, but the dark was moving in. We realized that there was no way we were going to safely make it home that night so we stopped at the first town we came across. Mt Vernon, TX. They host a grand total of 2 hotels so we picked the one we could easily find (thank you giant sign off the interstate, haha!).
Breakfast at the Super 8 of Mt Vernon, Texas. A Texas-shaped waffle. Ha! I have to tell you guys, we weren’t expecting much from this motel, but were pleasantly surprised by how clean and comfortable it was.
Back on the road again! We did hit one section of road that wasn’t touched at all by the ice and we were actually able to travel at 70 mph for a whole hour! It was glorious! Then we were back in the ice again.
Most of our trip was spent going right around 20 mph.
We did a slight detour while traveling through Arkansas and stopped in to surprise Christopher’s parents! They were SO happy. I have never heard my mother-in-law scream that loudly or that long, haha! And so many tears. It was awesome. We were only there half an hour, but it was great to see them!
Aaand while we were visiting the parents we took a few minutes to play in the ice. And yes, we are both wearing chacos. We definitely were not prepared for the ice, haha!
Then back on the road again! That’s all ice on the road. I can’t even tell you how much time we spent slipping around on these roads!
The drive was gorgeous, though. Everything was coated in ice and the sun was shining down on it making it all sparkle.
Sunset over the ice.
So here’s a short video of us on HWY 64 in Arkansas. Most of our trip there was 1-3″ of ice on the road, but this section was literally 4-5″ and terrifying. I will say, I don’t have any video of us slipping around because in the worst of the worst spots I was a little bit busy praying. Also, listen to how desperate I sound when I say “home” in this video, haha! We were so ready to be out of the ice!
And then… when we were ONLY 30 miles from our house… we hit all this mess. Standstill traffic on the icy interstate. We were so close to home and so antsy to be there and yet stuck here. It took us another 2 hours to travel the last 30 miles to our house.
But then… finally… we made it home a little after 8pm on Monday. We left at 3pm the day before. That meant that we had been attempting to get home for over 29 hours. More than 14 of those hours were spent on the road perilously ice skating from Dallas to Memphis. The trip was definitely scary at times, but on the bright side it gave us a bonus day off together. It’s such a blessing to spend time with my sweet husband even if we are attempting to stay between the ditches on the highway the whole time. I don’t know if I have ever been happier to walk in the door of our house. It is so so so good to be safely home.