Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Geezer V, Driggs, Idaho - The Trip Home and Final Thoughts

The Trip Home

We were up early, had the cars loaded and were on the road shortly after eight as we both had long drives today.  Val and I were staying in Reno again tonight and had a 700 mile drive to get there.  Traffic was pretty light and except for some road construction, made good time, arriving in Reno around 6:00 PM.  We were in for a big surprise as this was the weekend Reno was holding its annual Street Vibrations fall motorcycle rally.  Streets were closed, there were motorcycles and people everywhere.  Normally this might be fun, but after driving 700 miles we were tired and didn't really want to deal with it.  We also found out the there was a promotion going on at Harrah's and we had free tickets to see Crosby, Stills and Nash, but to be honest, we were just too tired to bother; I guess that's why we're geezers.

Sunday morning we slept in a little and didn't hit the road for home until around 10:00 AM.  It's usually a pretty easy 400 mile drive home from Reno, but not this Sunday.  There was lots of traffic heading home from Street Vibrations plus the usual Sunday traffic and a long construction zone on Interstate 80 that slowed traffic to a crawl.  Once we made it to Interstate 5 there was less traffic, but still a little more than usual.  This was a reminder why we usually don't like to leave or return home on a Friday or Sunday.  We made it home by 7:00 PM on Sunday evening and the trip was over.

Final Thoughts

As always, we had a great time seeing our long-time friends and sharing a week with them.  As we get older we never know whether everyone will be able to attend the following year, which makes us cherish each other's company and friendship even more.  It was particularly sobering this year as just a week ago, a very close friend of Jack's passed away after a short battle with cancer.  He was our age and Jack had known him since junior high school.  I also knew him, but not very well.  It was another reminder as to how fragile life is and how we need to enjoy every moment of it while we can and there is no better way than with good, true friends.

Our stay in Driggs was great, the weather was perfect, the house we rented was the best place we have ever rented with everything we could ask for.  The only thing marring our stay was that smoke from fires south of Jackson Hole obscured the Tetons behind a brown haze, but we didn't let that spoil our fun.  The sentiment right now seems to be to return to Driggs and the Rim River House next year, but we shall see.

We will be on the road again for a short trip to Lake Tahoe with my Aunt Judy visiting from Michigan, and possibly a trip to the Northwest at the end of October, but that is not for sure yet. I don't know when the next blog post will be so you'll just have to keep checking, or easier yet is to sign-up to be notified of our next post. Just scroll down the right side of the blog until you get to "Follow by email", put in your email address, follow the security prompt and you're all set. That's all for know.

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