Monday, March 30, 2009
Spring Break 2009
We Hirning's know how to Spring Break! NOT! If we don't have anything really planned we atleast like to hit the road with Dan for a night or two while he goes to visit schools that aren't having spring break at the same time. We atleast get away and the company pays for the hotel. Dan needed to head to Great Falls, Seeley Lake and the Land of Tana, Shelby! In the past I wasn't working so it was pretty easy to get up and go. We decided to head over Sunday after church so Dan could get up early Monday and we could hang out at the hotel; sleep in and swim. We had no idea the weather was going to be as horrible as it was. The pass should have been closed and Dan read in The Tribune this morning that it was closed probably right after we got thru it. I have never been so scared in my life. We couldn't see a foot in front of us and then the wipers froze up and really didn't help the situation. There was a car in front of us that every now and then we could see their brake lights *pop* on and there was a truck behind us. We couldn't stop or pull over to get the wipers all unfroze since we didn't want to get stuck and we also weren't sure the truck behind us would see us stop. We had to trudge on. There were cars off the road all over when we did see a car. There wasn't many on the road. It took us an extra hour which I guess isn't that bad but poor buddy was so scared. Dan and I tried to keep it light but I think inside, well, atleast I was, freaking out! We kept sliding and ugh, it was horrible. We pull into Great Falls and Benjamin states "I think I'm gonna...*as he throws up everywhere*". Lovely!
We went and had lunch and then checked in at the hotel. We all went swimming for awhile and then weren't too sure what to do. Great Falls is not that hopping of a town and then with Sunday night and the cold, cold weather. We headed to Target to buy a game or two and an ice scrapper for the car - we couldn't find ours! We then grabbed some dinner and headed back to the hotel. While Dan got ready for the next day, the kids and I headed down to the pool - Emily & played some card games, while Hannah & Benjamin swam. This morning Dan headed out by 6:20 and the kids and I slept till almost 8:30 headed down for some breakfast and then got ready for them to swim again while I worked out. Headed up to the room and Dan got back, we showered, hit Scheels sporting store, grabbed some lunch and headed home! The roads were so much better this time. What a difference 26 hours makes! We are home safe and sound! I told the kids next year we are going somewhere nice and warm for Spring Break! California 2010 - here we come! Benjamin thought we shouldn't drive because he may "fro up" again...that's how we roll!