We attended Aunt Reah's services Monday and saw family leave Tuesday and Wednesday. There was a graveside service and a celebration of life Monday at Mike's church followed by a meal. Both services were poignant as we remembered her with much love and tears.
Greg left Sacramento at noon Wednesday & was to have a four hour layover in Las Vegas before the final leg into Buffalo. The plane circled Las Vegas but due to a heavy snow storm was unable to land so returned to CA and landed at San Jose. He was told he would leave at 6:30 the next morning and they would put him up in a hotel overnight. They ended up putting him on a plane for Birmingham, AL and he finally made it home at 3:30 Thursday morning!
We left Denair yesterday morning to return to Texas. It turned out to be a mildly eventful day. We woke up to news that there was snow in Malibu and the grapevine (the road over the Tehachapi Mtns that leads to LA) was closed! We were warned to take an alternate route but Richard kept driving south figuring they'd have to open the pass eventually as it was a beautiful, sunny day. When we got to Bakersfield we had to make a decision and were grateful to hear the grapevine had, indeed, just been opened. We were warned there were icy conditions to contend with but we had to get my folk's car back to them. Richard took Hwy 58 to Lancaster where we camp and I drove I-5 south to Mom & Dad's. I got there a little after 4:30, ate dinner with my folks and had a friend take me to the Metrolink station where I took the train to Lancaster. Richard & I were finally reunited about 8:30 that night.
We left Lancaster this morning and got as far as Quartzite, AZ. We will take five days to return to TX instead of the hurried three on our way west. We hope to be in Deming, NM tomorrow night - our longest day. It's been a stressful and sad three and a half weeks and we are anxious to spend the holidays with our kids.