Accidents, Traffic Jams and Snacktime!
The trek from St. George to San Diego took 11 hours, thanks in large part to a couple of amazing traffic jams. Between Primm and Baker we went 15 miles in one hour to pass a semi truck that had fallen off a small ravine.
That wasn't the only accident we saw, either. After dinner at a Jack-in-the-Box somewhere in southern California, we saw what was arguably the worse accident. As near as we could tell, only one car was involved. It had left the freeway, severely bent a chain-link fence and flipped on it's roof. Several emergency vehicles were there. First responders were walking out of the field with a person strapped to a back board. I was very happy that it wasn't a body bag.
Why we got snarled up for another half and hour, we never did find out. Perhaps everyone just slammed on their brakes and slowed to a crawl for fun.
To pass this extraordinarily long day we listened to new, now favorite, album: Snacktime! by the Barenaked Ladies. To say that it is funny is a massive understatement. Some of the songs seemed like they were "written" when the band was goofing off. Some of them, it was obvious, had taken a lot of effort and creativity.
Two of our favorite songs were 7 8 9 and Crazy ABC's. The latter goes like this, "A is for aisle, B is for bdellium, C is for czar and if you see him would you mind telling him." You get the idea. If you have a road trip ahead of you, go get this one. It's sure to be a hit with the kiddies without driving the grown-ups crazy.