And they're off....

 We laugh in the face of Polar Vortex!  Actually, we were quite nervous and almost postponed again, but figured if the car was starting - we were leaving.  We spent the day before departure getting Timmy ready, which meant digging him out of about a foot of snow, during snow and freezing temps.  We had to rearrange our strategy a bit due to the temperatures since no liquids could be in the trailer and most importantly, the cats needed to be kept safe and warm.  We managed to pull it all off and escaped, making it all the way to balmy St. Louis the first night and staying in a pet-friendly super 8.