Nov. 26th, 2006

Snow

Nov. 26th, 2006 07:35 pm
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Ok, snow is lovely and I love it as much as the next gal, but driving from 5:30am to 6:15pm to get from Spokane Washington to Bellingham Washington is ridiculous. Seriously. And we didn't even hit snow until right after Ellensberg. I have 4 studded snow tires on my granny front wheel drive vehicle. I don't have chains. Never in my life have I needed them. I took two friends of my mom's (ok, her friend's daughter and fiancee) to Spokane and back this weekend. Simple, we share gas expenses. On the way back we keep hearing about needing chains on the car unless we are 4 wheel drive. We finally see signs and turn around and head th 13 miles back to Cle Elum to buy some at the local store. Luck out and get the LAST set for 29.99 that is of a size that the only store in town has stopped carrying. Yay us. We go back to the chain up area and chain up. This is a bit ridiculous at this point since there is maybe 1/4 inch of slush (we drove through worse closer to Ellensburg) One of the chains fits properly, the other begins to beat up my little Peggy Lynn (car's name). We make an executive decision to remove the chains and replace them if needed on the western side of the mountain. And we go again, this time at speeds slightly above 25mph. Yay. Right before the top of the mountain, new sign says old sign lied to bring money to Cle Elum because only TRACTION TIRES REQUIRED. Studded snow tires qualify. P.s. been driving in snow a while. Grew up on the country side of the state (ie. Spokane). Backside of the mountain a little slushy. Nothing snow tires couldn't handle. Saw eastbound I 90. Poor bastards. No wonder they freak if one inch of snow touches the mountain. They had what had to be 3 miles of cars backed up so a state trooper could verify that they had chains on their cars. Ok, little credit to the troopers, not everyone is able to drive safely in those conditions without chains, and I'm sure most of those individuals did not have studded snow tires or anything snow traction like at all. But that is a generalization of course. Then FINALLY get to bellingham. And sit. For. Three. Hours. Not. Moving. Do you have any idea how willing you are after three hours sitting 2 miles from your exit to expose your rear and just pee on the side of the road where everyone can see you? We were able to restrain ourselves and wait until we found a restroom, but it was close. I delivered the co-pilots to their electricity free home (it had apparently been down for a while) and 4byed my way out of their driveway (and yes, I mean 4byed, I rammed that snow drift and snow flew everywhere trying to get Peggy Lynn free of that cold, fluffy grip), made my way to Bellingham via the back way (by lake padden for those of you in the know) and stopped by Blockbuster to make sure my roomie didn't need a ride home and finally, oh so finally made it home. I think I'll have a cookie that mom sent with me for all of my effort today.

It was nice to see the family and I finally made it to the cabin after a year. It was so beautiful and peaceful and just plain good for my soul. I have to get up there more often.

I hope everyone had a fun turkey day and God and Goddess Bless!

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