This is about a road trip to Wisconsin in December. Yes, you heard right. December! Some of my spontaneous ideas might not sound smart at first, but usually end up being amazing lifelong memories.
The plan was made. Christmas in Wisconsin with my boyfriend’s family and since we wanted to visit friends along the way, flying wasn’t an option.
Last minute run to get snow chains, puffy jackets and long underwear. Those are not items that are ever needed, here in Las Vegas. Picnic basket packed. What’s a road trip without the necessary snacks? Car loaded up and off we were, leaving sunny Las Vegas in our rear view mirror.
Around 1,800 miles, one way, and you quickly realize the importance of great company since you will be stuck together in a small box for hours and hours. Laughter came in very handy. An occasional hour of CARaoke usually helped.
We never planned where and when to stop. Too much planning stifles spontaneity and opportunity. We pulled off the main road when hunger or fatigue arrived. Whichever came first. It brought us to unknown, small, amazingly charming towns and it was fun to meet new people along the way, listening to their stories, while enjoying a microbrew and some local food.
Our travel had been blessed with sunshine and clear roads and on the second day we arrived in Missouri, Lake of the Ozarks, to visit some dear friends of ours. It’s gorgeous and we quickly made some new friends and felt a bit of nostalgia. The good old days still exist.
We continued on after a few days. The skies were clear, the sun rays hit the frozen trees and the world seemed to sparkle. Since there weren’t any leaves on the trees, it felt like you could see for miles and miles, showcasing the beautiful landscape and farms along the way.
We had made it. We arrived in Ripon, Wisconsin and so did the snow. Beautiful, right?
Beautiful and cold! Getting ready to take a stroll down the road took about 10 minutes. I had to get properly equipped with my long johns, 2 pair of socks, gloves, a hat and my puffy jacket.
Now, I wasn’t always brave enough to face this bone chilling, nose running, frozen feet cold, so other things kept me busy. Knitting a scarf seemed like the right thing to do. After all, it really came in handy. Please notice the extra fluffy comfy pants that instantly added 25 pounds. But they were WARM and so was I.
The days when I was brave enough to face this rather harsh climate, the scenery was breathtaking. Look! Foxes, Buffalo and deer, having fun, in the snow.
Christmas with the family will forever be in my memory. As cold as it was outside, our hearts were warm and filled with joy. Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and the car got packed again for our trip back home. It wasn’t about the quickest route, and you can never see enough snow. Adding Colorado to our trip seemed like the icing on the cake, or shall I say more snow on the mountains. I will let the pictures speak for themselves.
I will end my story by saying that traveling this country in the Winter time is an amazing experience and I hope that I somehow may have inspired one or two of you to travel the less crowded roads. After all, Winter is right in front of our doorstep.
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