We sure had some road trip fun on the first day of our trip to the AKC Invitational in Florida. We went from a huge snowstorm to a touch of Sweden, to a great hotel!

The day before we left, we got hit hard with a snowstorm that started around noon Friday and lasted about fourteen hours dumping some fifteen inches of snow in our area! We adore snow and nothing beats a good snowstorm, but we were leaving town at seven in the morning. Thankfully, Minnesota is good about clearing roads. We left a little after seven, and the roads were not too bad. After two hours of driving, we could travel the speed limit and the roads started to be dry.

We traveled south to Iowa, and then on to Missouri the first day. Swedesburg was our one main touristy stop of the day. The day we drove to our breeder to pick up Olivia we stopped in this town. Olivia said she would like to stop and see it for herself. She can be as stubborn as a Yule goat sometimes, so we stopped to check it out again.

Of course, one has to take a photo with the fourteen foot Dala Horse too. It’s a shame there was no snow in the area, but the dry pavement let us travel faster. The Dala Horse is really friendly.

There is an old church in Swedesburg, and they happen to have a huge manger scene for Christmas. Being real people dogs, we stopped by to say, “hi”, and to snap a photo with all the folks at the manger.

After Swedesburg it was off to our hotel in the St. Louis area. Our day one road trip fun ended with a photo by the pretty Christmas tree in the lobby. The trip could have been a disaster, but we were lucky to get out of town despite the snow, and we missed the tornadoes in Missouri. Hopefully the rest of our trip will be as lucky as this day was!