we got up early the next morning, ready to go home and bracing ourselves for the long day of driving. a little before 7:30, we were all packed up and taking one last look around the cabin to make sure we hadn't left anything behind.
it was the 4th of july, and it was a gorgeous day to be outside.
well, sorta outside. we were in the car, does that count?
teddy was being his usual weirdo self, contorting himself into positions that couldn't possibly be comfortable but insisting on riding in the hub's lap at all costs.
cocoa was not as stubborn, happy to relax in the back seat and not have to share the space with anyone but the bean.
as we passed this sign, we noticed what looked like remnants of an old mining town. knowing we likely wouldn't ever be out this way again, we decided to pull a u-turn and drive through to check it out. during non-covid times, it looks like it's probably a fun place to stop and visit.
we also passed this, which we figured was significant in some way. i'm still not quite sure why, and i'm too lazy to google.
not long after that, we were driving through breckenridge. there were a good number of people walking around, and i could imagine how busy it must be during skiing season here. and we could see some folks riding in the ski lifts overhead.
it was very green in the mountains, and you could see where the ski runs are.
two hours into our drive, and we still had a long, long way to go.
the views were pretty, though, and we got to drive through a couple of fun tunnels that took us right through mountains.
this reminded me of california adventure. man, i miss disneyland.
and then just like that, we were leaving colorado...
and heading into utah.
teddy had shifted gears and crawled into my lap to snuggle and snooze.
more pretty clouds.
we pulled over at a rest area so everyone could have a potty break. we'd seen this place on our way out and had made a mental note to stop on the way home and check it out because it was so cool - looked like the grand canyon, almost. i can't remember for the life of me what it was called, though...devil something or other? i don't know, but it was a nice spot to stop and let the dogs get out and stretch their legs a little.
hello again, arizona!
teddy moved again...
and then deigned me worthy of handfeeding him some food. i've probably mentioned it before, but when we're away from home he turns into such a diva - doesn't want to eat, only wants to potty if we find him a patch of grass, turns his nose up at water. okay, maybe "diva" isn't fair. it's probably more that he prefers to be home and can't figure out how to make himself comfortable enough anywhere else. my little homebody.
i missed the sign welcoming us to nevada, probably because i'd dozed off again. but i woke up in time to watch the vegas skyline as we blazed on through. you know you've been far from home when you get to las vegas, usually a destination that takes us 3 hours to get to, and think "YES VEGAS WE'RE ALMOST THERE!"
and about half an hour later, we were back in good ol' cali.
the world's biggest thermometer in baker told us that it was...butt ass hot out there. shocking.
this is how teddy spent the rest of the drive home.
we were happy to see the old lady and her special friend at the house when we pulled in, enjoying the pool on a hot day. and the hub had made such good time on that drive that we even managed to squeeze in a mini 4th of july barbecue. tomahawk, anyone?
it was so good to be home, back in our own space and our own beds. and the moment teddy set foot in the back yard he ran right into his favorite corner and pooped out his whole damn body weight. heh.