Our drive home started off like any other...
A little sleeping,
A little being goofy,
A lot of movie watching,
And some Leapster playing.
About 20 miles after we started driving, the snow started. And it didn't stop. It was slow-going, but we had no choice but to keep going, until...
At LaGrande the highway was closed & we had to exit. We had no idea what was going on. At the exit was a gas station that was filled with cars. Brandon ran inside to see if he could find anything out. A police officer told him that further down the freeway on a mountain pass we were going to need to drive over, a bus crashed and went over a guard rail. They said there were numerous fatalities & the road could possibly be closed until midnight. We got to LaGrande at 1:30 pm, so we had a lot of time to fill! There ended up being 9 deaths. So sad! We took the kids to McDonald's for ice cream & to play while we figured out what to do. We decided we better book a hotel fast before all the rooms filled up.
And so we ended up spending the night in LaGrande. I made sure that the Hotel had a pool & I ALWAYS pack swim clothes (for times like this!) so the boys could go swimming.
I'm pretty sure they were glad the road was closed & they were able to get out of the car!
And how cool is this? When I got to the pool I immediately recognized a family there! Our friends from our old ward in Gladstone were there! They were also coming home from Christmas in Utah! What are the odds of that?!
After a nice long swim for the kids & a nice long chat for the adults, we found a pizza place for dinner,
that had an arcade attached to it.
I was bummed that we had to stop. I just wanted to get home. I was sooooo ready to sleep in my own bed! But the unexpected stop ended up being really fun & a nice break from the loooong drive!