Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

Sunday morning we flew from Kelowna, British Columbia to Edmonton, Alberta. We had brunch with our oldest son and daughter-in-law and then they drove us to our youngest son’s place for the night, where we had another great visit and got totally worn out by our youngest grandchildren. It was just an overnight visit but we are so happy we were able to see all our children, and all but one grandchild, this Christmas 🙂

Yesterday afternoon our daughter-in-law drove us to the airport and we happily boarded our flight for Phoenix … we were looking forward to our own bed!

A nice Edmonton sunset.

We were doing great and were all set to make it home just in time to bring in the new year … but then our suitcase was one of the last to come out and we ended up being the last to get dropped off by the parking shuttle.

But even with that it was looking like we may still make it, until we started seeing signs saying I-10 was closed at 35th Avenue and we needed to exit. Now that probably isn’t a big deal when you live in Phoenix and know the area, but once we were forced to exit there was no further direction provided 😦 Fortunately Holly came to our rescue and helped reroute us. I then hit Google to find out why the Interstate was closed. Four hours before a bank was robbed and that resulted in a high speed chase along several freeways throughout Phoenix, all ending with an Officer Involved Shooting on I-10. From what I read it looks like nobody was seriously injured, but it caused I-10 to be closed for a very long time.

We were unable to make our next turn once we exited I-10 because of a serious accident at the off ramp. That accident was followed by another one just before our next turn. Phoenix had had some recent rain so we are guessing that maybe the roads were slippery … or the New Year’s Eve celebrating started too early :sad:.

And then once we got back on I-10 we came across another accident. Yup those Phoenix roads are dangerous, so we were happy to turn off I-10 onto Highway 85 and head down to I-8.

Even though it was dark there was no question we were back in the desert. The recent rain had filled the air with smells of creosote and mesquite bushes.

Since we were not going to get home before 1:00 a.m. on January 1st we decided what the heck, we should stop for a final meal of 2019!

We hope you can look back on 2018 with fond memories, or for a few, who I know it wasn’t a good year, we hope you can find comfort in moving on to a new year.

We wish you health and happiness in 2019 and Safe Travels 🙂

Until next time …

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10 thoughts on “Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

  1. That id frustrating when I-10 is closed happen to us a couple years ago flying into Phoenix, Going from There to Quartzsite we had to go via

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  2. Sorry to hear you got caught up in that mess of traffic. We watched the police pursuit on the news. Fortunately it wasn’t a high speed chase … very strange how it all unfolded. And with the heavy rains and cold weather, it made for difficult driving even without the bank robbery element. Glad you made it home safely. Happy New Year!

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  3. Wow, what a long day that must have been. Glad you guys got home safe and sound, even if it did take an inordinately long time. Hopefully 2019 will be all smooth sailing from here on out. Happy New Year!

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