We left Sunday afternoon to get a 'head-start'. It's great that we didn't have a need to hurry or be in a particular place at a specific time. Because instead of making it to Phoenix by early Monday morning, we're still in Bakersfield Monday morning. The Grapevine and other alternate route closed last night due to snow!
No problem! Not being in a hurry and not having other obligations, we just found the Walmart and parked nearby other families in their RVs. We actually got a decent night's sleep. I didn't find it much worse than sleeping in the second story apartment of our friend in Toronto. At her apartment we had to deal with traffic noise from the street and light from nearby buildings. At Walmart there wasn't much traffic and the lights just made me feel safe.
This was the first time since we started traveling about six months ago that we've had to sleep in the van. We certainly don't plan too make it a habit. But overall it just wasn't bad at all. We got to wake up to a beautiful full moon.
This morning we've learned the alternate route is clear. So we're gonna try it. We'll let you know how it works out.