Saturday, January 21, 2012
Dog Sled Diaries
What a week it's been in the Pacific Northwest! Many of you have seen news footage of the snow & ice that assaulted us - - a rather rare phenomenon for this part of the world. On the one hand, a very welcome & magical wonderland. On the other, a wicked descent into all things cold & immovable & crunchy.
For several days we were without power or ... rather ... I was without power. Hubby left town before the storm's onset, having made his way to a conference in WARM Palm Springs a few days prior. That meant the pioneer in me kicked into roughing it gear; and rough it I did!
Some 500,000+ people in the region have been without power for several days. The storm's rarity-quotient means few, including utilities & road crews are prepared for such as this. The fact that it included an ice storm meant the assault was particularly virulent, packing a one/two punch!
On Thursday I managed to disable the automatic garage-door-opener to pull my Toyota Highlander out onto the banana peel streets in my neighborhood. It handles well in most conditions, and I was hopeful it would make it to my sister's so we could run a few much-needed errands. That's what pioneers do (cheesy grin). We actually had a good time since we had most roads to ourselves, but I was glad to return home before the temps plummeted again into the 20s.
All through each dark night it was eerie listening to the ice-encrusted Pine Trees giving up their snow & ice-laden limbs with loud cracks, followed by equally loud thuds as they fell to the ground. I had visions of one-such thud coming through my roof, and that to disturb my sleeplessness.
Well, I survived the ordeal - - for surely it was all of that!. In fact, yesterday my son delivered my sister Dolores & me to the airport where we proceeded to board a plane for Phoenix to meet up with sisters Barbara & Carol. With a very convincing and certainly Christian neener-neener we bid farewell to the white world beneath us.
I survived AND I escaped to live another day ... this one in Phoenix.
P.S. Years ago I purchased a crank radio, and I can tell you I was very grateful to have it as a link to the outside world since I had no T.V., no internet, and even no phone when my battery went dead. If you don't have one, all I can say is "get one"! They're relatively inexpensive & a must have.
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