We’re back in Baltimore tonight. The drive is a long one, but Craig and I have done it so many times over the past 11.5 years that we could practically do it in our sleep. (But of course we wouldn’t do that!) On average, the trip takes us about 8.5 hours, but today we set a record of 8 hours, 5 minutes! About two years ago we picked a new route that helps us avoid extreme congestion along I-70 (due to combined DC and Baltimore traffic), and today we really limited our stops (just two to get gas, pick up food, use the restrooms, and change drivers). Of course, a lead foot (or two) doesn’t hurt in keeping things moving along. But really, the traffic was light, we didn’t hit any construction or other slow-downs, and the weather was great, so it was sort of a perfect combination.
We usually choose to drive back on Saturdays if we can, since it helps us to avoid the peak travel day of Sunday (especially for Thanksgiving weekend, but also for other trips), and it also gives us a day back at home to unpack, do laundry, sort mail, and so on. Plus it saves us a day of dogsitter fees.
While we had a great time with my family in Michigan, it is good to be home and back to the dogs and our house. I could swear that someone cleaned up most of the leaves in our backyard while we were gone. Perhaps it was the Thanksgiving Leaf Fairy? (Yeah, I just made that up.) Whether it was a neighbor or just a perfect wind that moved the leaves elsewhere, I’m certainly not complaining!