Dust Storm

Posted by Thomas May 23rd, 2010

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Traveling on I-40 is always kind of fun (it would be more fun if we didn’t usually travel through New Mexico. Why it’s called the Land of Enchantment is beyond us, no offense to New Mexicans). I-40 follows the historic Route 66. This particular trip, however, provided something unexpected.

We were headed from Texas to Flagstaff, AZ, and then on to the Grand Canyon. One hour from Flagstaff, we were forced off of I-40 in Winslow, AZ due to weather. No clouds in the sky, just wind, gusting up to 60 mph, had created sand drifts on the interstate.

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The freeway had been shut down since 9:30 that morning. We needed to get Jacob to bed, and since we didn’t know how long the freeway would be shut down, we turned around and went 2 hours back to Gallup, NM. Here’s a picture of Jacob at the hotel in Gallup after we were finally out of the car:

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So, we ended up heading home the next day without seeing the Grand Canyon. Still, we had a fun time being on a little road trip. Jacob has now been to Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado. One final picture of Erin and Jacob in Moab on the way to Texas:

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