Our trip started around 1pm Friday afternoon, despite our intentions to leave early in the morning. There was no trouble at the border, just the same annoying wait for my mug shot and fingerprints and $6USD payment because I am only a permanent resident of Canada and not a citizen. Maybe someday when Denmark will recognize dual citizenship I will take the plunge and become one. We were still in Montana when the sun went down and there was a bit of a snowstorm. The fuse went on the blower on our heater so it wasn't heating the car or defrosting our windows. Our windshield was full of frost, there was blowing snow, it was dark...very poor visibility. I got behind a snowplow (because it had so many lights and was driving slow enough) and followed it off the freeway where Rus found a spare fuse (yippee!) and we were on our way again. There was a moment when we were parked and before Rus fixed the problem, that I was scared. It was so cold.
It wasn't long before we drove past the blizzard and into Idaho. We drove through Utah and Nevada into Arizona, the temperature rising the further south we got. The kids were a little disappointed to be driving through Las Vegas in the daytime. They wanted to see all the lights.
Just outside of Las Vegas on the border into Arizona over the Colorado River lies the Hoover Dam. It is enormous. It's a bit unnerving to stand and look over the side of the bridge. There were helicopter rides being offered for only $30. Maybe we will try it on the way back...we were content with just walking across the bridge. About an hour before arriving at our destination, we were stopped by an Arizona state policeman. The reason for us being pulled over was a burnt-out headlight. He wrote us a repair order for the headlight as well as for the windshield. The crack in our windshield is lower then the wipers, it is not in the line of vision at all so I am not so happy about being forced to repair that. After explaining the repair order procedure he let us go. The next day, our headlight was miraculously functioning again. The crack in the windshield however, had not disappeared. We made it to our friends' house in Buckeye (just southwest of Phoenix) around 10 pm Saturday night. A 33 hour trip with frequent stops for gas, food, baby nursing, etc. Last year the drive down took 36 hours because went to see the Grand Canyon instead of going through Vegas. Since our arrival we have been spending time with our friends (they left for Canada tonight) and not going much further than the local grocery store. We are just happy to be where it's warmer. We played outside in the rain yesterday.
Here is an aerial view of the Hoover Dam, courtesy of Wikipedia.