We left Jackson Thursday afternoon around 4:30 (5:30 Indiana time). I drove the first part while Steve napped. Things were going great until we hit the outskirts of Nashville (okay, I guess that's about 1.5 hours). Traffic came to a dead-stop. I'd never experienced that before. Generally when being stuck in traffic, cars usually creep along. However, that wasn't the case here. I ended up parking the car and turning the engine off as we sat for about 45 minutes. But before I turned off the car, here was another first:
While trying to figure out what was going on, a cop car zoomed along side the highway. Then, out of nowhere, a firetruck came up IN BETWEEN the 2 lanes of parked traffic! I was able to angle my car onto the side like all the other cars around me. However, 2 cars ahead was a semi who was stuck and unable to go anywhere. The car in front of me backed up as close to our car as possible, and made a way for the firetruck to get through with only 1cm clearance on each side.
The rest of the trip was pretty uneventful. We met minimal traffic; however, I think it was because we were on the road so late. We finally got to my parents house around 2am. We had a great easter weekend filled with family egg hunt and visiting my new niece Charlotte Joanna (Congrats Joe & Liz!).
We headed back to Jackson on Sunday afternoon. We again met traffic that was at a complete stop, but luckily we were close to the exit & able to bypass the traffic jam. Whew!
Steve had to go back to work on Monday; however, I got the day off! To make things even better, a storm swept through last night that brought power outtages, fallen trees, and flooding which meant school was cancelled for today! I have been able to catch up on school things (like making a new seating chart, behavioral plans, lesson plans, etc), unpack & clean up from our trip, as well as enjoy being a bum and lazy.
Word on the street is that there's another wave of storms tonight/tomorrow morning. More rain could cause some more flooding which may lead to another day off. We'll see what tomorrow holds :)