The drive west (or, more accurately, northwest) was pleasant and uneventful. We were guided by our phones and never got lost, we had the correct change for all the toll roads, we found a nice place for breakfast and enjoyed our picnic lunch. I didn’t run out of things to read and we spent just about the $145 on gas that Roadtrippers said we would.

#2 son was glad to see us, and we went to a couple of his local haunts, strolled around a bit, and caught up on his adventures since we last saw him.


These included a successful end of term with very good grades, a new friend or two, a Utah hiking trip, and an opportunity — as he put it — “to play in quicksand.”

Everyone likes to play with non-Newtonian fluids, of course.