step back and maintain some perspective

Yes, I'm  a little behind.  This was from three weeks ago and I'm just getting to it now.  Rhiannon got out of school after a half day today because of snow.  When I left work this afternoon, it was raining.  No snow.  By the time I got home, I was driving through over a foot of white stuff and it is still coming down.  Amazing what an 800 foot rise in elevation will do. -----------------

Three weeks ago, on a Thursday, I left work early. The Denver Police Department had asked business to start letting employees go home to avoid a huge rush during the “Blizzard of 2009!!” [cue dramatic music].

Yes the roads were bad, but they were drivable. Yes, the wind was blowing, but it wasn’t snowing that hard anymore. And yes, I’m glad I left when I did. I talked to one person at work who took the same stretch of interstate that I did. It took me a half hour to go about 5 miles. I took him almost 2 hours to go three miles.

The weather forcasters predicted it would happen, and after our winter of mild temperatures and little to no precipitation, some of them seemed downright excited to have something dramatic to cover. One can only talk about 70 degree weekends in mid-March for so long apparently before the monotony begins to threaten sanity.

I woke up on Thursday expecting snow but there was nothing on the ground yet. Almost all the school districts chose to trust the weathermen and called of school for the day.  The pictures below are about 8:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Lot 1 Lot 2

Lot 3

So it did snow. More snow than we’ve had all year combined I think. I believe the family we have in North Dakota would refer to it as a light dusting at this point.

And of course, I needed to capture what the roads were like as well.

Highway Road 2

I guess this makes me the crazy guy taking pictures while driving 5 miles an hour on treacherous road conditions. I can’t tell you how many white knuckles were out there. I’m an advocate for caution on slippery roads, but I’m also an advocate for driving 12 miles in less than 6 hours if at all possible.

Again, for people in North Dakota this year, I think these conditions are a pleasant Sunday drive.

I finally had to work a little to shovel. At one point on Thursday afternoon, the snow decided to fight me while I was outside – there was a good half inch of snow at the top of the driveway by the time I shoveled all the way down to the bottom. The work was worth it on Friday morning when I didn’t have to clear all 15 inches at once.

I guess I just need a pickup and blade parked in the garage to push the snow off in situations like these.

DSC_4502 DSC_4507

DSC_4512

Yes, they are driving down a sidewalk trail.  I really have to do this sometime late at night.  Maybe without the snow.

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I'm avoiding shoveling right now.  It's coming down far faster than I could keep up with and I just don't feel like it.  As much as I wasn't ready to shovel in March, I'm even less excited about it in April.  Yes, we really needed the moisture.  I would have taken a nice 36 hour rain.  Is that too much to ask?  Less wind than last time but a lot more snow, at least at our house.

Next Tuesday, we're supposed to be in the 70s.