Being the paranoid type we didn’t advertise that we were going on vacation over Thanksgiving. However, now that we are back, we went on a wee bit of a drive over the last few weeks. In fact we drove 2920 miles in the last 17 days. Monterey to Seattle in two days. Seattle to Butte Montana in a day, and then Butte Montana back to Monterey California in one loooooooong drive of 19 hours. The driving was fairly uneventful. We hit some pretty slippery ice and snow going over Snoqualamie Pass on our way from Seattle to Butte. We also ended up with a screw in the front tire 35 miles outside of Butte. Nothing like making a potty stop, having someone tap on the window of the car to let you know your front tire is hissing. Thanks to a can of Fix-A-Flat we made it into Butte where I had the screw removed and tire patched the next day.

From 2011 Adventures

So, why all the long driving? Well we decided that this year we would take all of the girls to the annual Supercomputing conference. It was in Seattle this year and a friend of a friend working at Altair scored Megan an expo pass. So, since she had a ticket in, we decided to take the whole family on an adventure. In fact we even had Molly and Nora check out the show on Family night for a few hours. Megan had a good time walking the expo floor, collecting swag, and having fun checking out all the Nerdiness. Roberta and I hit a lot of the after hours parties, and Molly and Nora got to explore Seattle and play in the swimming pool. it was a good time had by all.

From 2011 Adventures

We spent almost week in Seattle and then we went up and stayed the weekend with friends and family.  We heard Lane and Jacob of the Taphandles play a gig in Woodinville, WA. Good music, beer, friends and family. It was a good night.

After Seattle we drove over Snoqualamie Pass in snow and ice to Butte Montana for some visiting with Roberta’s half of the family. We did some playing in the snow, riding quads up in the mountains, and general playing around.

Finally we ended up driving the final leg from Butte Montana to Monterey California in one long drive. We left at 8AM Mountain time and arrived in Monterey at 2:30 am Pacific time.

I’ll try to update some pictures soon.