We headed off to Tahoe at 2:30PM yesterday and reached Auburn at 6:15PM due to traffic through Sacramento. The news account is not exactly accurate, I-80 wasn’t closed at Applegate until after 6:30PM, since we were allowed to pass the Applegate at that time. When we passed, highway patrol was diverting only large trucks off the highway, but allowing passenger cars to continue. We reached Alta a little after 6:45PM, where the highway was completely closed there.

We were only about 300 yards from the roadblock and probably could have passed the roadblock had we been only 10 minutes ahead. But who knows what would have happened then. There were so much snowfall that multiple accidents happened near Donner Summit. We waited for I-80 to open for almost four hours, until about 10:45PM, and then headed back down the hill searching for food and a hotel room.

Since I-80 was closed at Applegate, there were literally tens of thousands of people looking for a hotel or motel room at the same time. We found food, but no hotel rooms. We searched almost every hotel from Auburn to Roseville and they were all packed because of the highway closure. In Roseville, at about 12:30AM, we decided to head back to San Francisco and abort the whole trip. We made it back at 2:30AM, 12 hours from the time we left. We’re glad to be back home safe and sound.


  1. Oh, that _SUCKS_!!!!! (I mean, not the “made it safe and sound” part, but the “too much snow, got home at 2:30AM” part)

    #1 by Larry O’Brien — April 2, 2006 @ 10:40 am

  2. Yeah, it wasn’t the best experience in the world. But it was a testament to our friendship. Alice Masuko, Mama, and I in a car for 12 hours without any fatalities. Actually, apart from the being stuck part it was quite enjoyable. We even played a little Scrabble in the car as we waited for the highway to open. I guess you could say it was “good times and bad times.”

    #2 by Nugget — April 2, 2006 @ 2:41 pm

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