Saturday, December 29, 2012

Driving in a Winter Wonderland

Eh...

The day after Christmas I drove through blizzard-like conditions to pick up family at the airport.  The planes oftentimes don't come in on time, are delayed, diverted, and so on and so forth, but on the day they have to land in blizzard-type weather, they're flying and on time.  I'm not complaining about that, but go figure.


The drive to the airport from our home is about an hour and a half on a good day.  The night of the snowstorm, it took me close to four hours to get the airport (including the half an hour I pulled off of the road to wait for salt trucks).  Ice was pouring down, 18-wheelers were moving at 25 MPH on the highway, cars were in the ditches everywhere you looked.   Trust me, I was a praying driver that night.  Conditions were just downright scary.



Now we're about to need the roads again, for long distance travel.  We all want to hook up with my oldest son and his wife...see their new place, visit w/them before their new baby arrives in early Spring, have all the kids together during the holiday season... and so on and so forth.   Everyone's excited to go, and they're excited that we're coming.

I have the news running in the background and the meteorologist just said, "Another big storm is set to hit the East Coast this weekend."  -__-    Of course there is...  grrr.  We only have a small window of visit time (before school starts back up), so now we have some decisions to make too.  Of course safety will be first and foremost on the agenda, but if ever there was a trip I didn't want to cancel, this is the one.



Who knows what will happen.  We'll find out shortly.  I'm crossing my fingers and toes and hoping for a little lot of good luck.



Anyone else dealing w/the  winter weather advisories going around?

24 comments:

  1. I hope you get to visit your son! That's crazy that your airport drive took so long. It has been snowy here lately, too. Just got a few more inches last night!

    Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! Glad you enjoy my Feathered Friend Fridays :)

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    1. I do enjoy reading about them, and the pictures are always awesome too.

      Thanks for the well wishes, I hope we get to go too. :)

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  2. Glad you had time to share with your family despite weather ~ ^_^ We are expecting snow this afternoon and into Sunday ~ tis winter ^_^

    (A Creative Harbor ~ aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^)

    Thanks for coming by ~ love having you visit ^_^

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    1. Someone needs to tell winter to cooperate better w/my plans. :D

      You're welcome for the visit, I like it over thata' way. :) Thanks for stopping back.

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  3. We were supposed to get all snow last night, however, it was sleeting. It made the roads horrible today, ice everywhere. Both my hubby and son drive for their jobs and I am constantly worrying when it gets bad :)

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    1. For some reason they're salting the roads at a very minimum too... I suppose budget is the reason, and it is early in the season. *sigh* Totally understanding your worry of winter weather driving.

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  4. I hate driving in the snow. Actually, scratch that - I hate other people that drive in the snow. I swear that people have no clue how to drive in it, even though we get snow every single flippin' winter. OY!

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  5. I can understand...my daughters family was driving to texas and trying to miss the bad storm. Mother hen here was a nervous wreck worrying about them☺☺
    Happy New Years to You!
    Laurie

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    1. I KNOW that Texas gets bad weather, but in my mind it seems like a tranquil, warm place...so when people mention the big storms (and even snow) it always makes me start. :)

      Hoping your daughter got there safe and sound.

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  6. I hope the weather won't result in your having to postpone your trip. If you go have a safe journey and wonderful time with your family. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you, Judy. Happy New Year to you too!

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  7. We went to dinner this evening and a truck behind us swirled into a 360 and backed into a ditch. On the way home we saw another small truck in a field. The roads and the weather seem to be really dangerous this year. I try not to drive too much in the snow. I let my husband do most of it.
    Be careful...
    Happy New Year!!! Pretty soon any way...

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    1. It does seem really dangerous this year. I hate to see the cars spinning out. I've seen a semi jack knife on black ice and that memory always sticks w/me in the winter weather.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. We've had some pretty bad weather the last three days--But for the Buffalo area we were about 2 feet behind on our avrage snowfall---WELL we've made it up =), but we did have any travel plans so didn't effect us too badly-stayed indoors playing new Kinect games & Cards. Stay safe-Happy New Year!

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    1. Kinect and cards versus winter driving? Yes, please. :)

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  9. This is when I'm so glad I live in the Desert. We are truly spoiled here. I have 2 step-daughters, soon to be 3 in New York though, and I always watch the weather for them. Glad you're alive, and I hope you have a very Happy New Year!!

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    1. I was sure happy to pull into our driveway that night, that's for sure. :)

      Happy new year to you too!

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  10. We grew up in Asia and so never experienced snow/white Christmases. We are in southern Texas now, so even though it gets cold, it doesn't snow here! :-( My kids want to move up north so we can experience the 4 seasons! Well, happy new year and thanks for commenting on my blog!

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    1. Visit once during the cold and see if they still want to live in four seasons, lol. :)

      I know that some people really do love it. I MUCH preferred living where it was warm year round. :)

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  11. Fingers crossed for you...hope you get to visit your son! Living in Austin, we rarely experience snow, and NEVER experience anything like what you've described. It even sounds kind of fun to be snowed in. That said, we lived in NYC a few years ago and I remember counting the minutes until the snow would finally melt for good and spring would arrive. The grass is always greener, I suppose! Happy New Year to you!

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    1. I have a friend who lives in Austin and LOVES it. :)

      I loved the warm year-round weather when we lived in FL., but the hurricanes were a pain sometimes. I guess there's something that is bound to be unpleasant no matter where you live.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. I feel your winter weather driving condition woes. The day after Christmas, oh my goodness. I live 3 blocks from our mall and about wrecked my car 10 times before getting there. The roads were pure crap.

    Keeping my fingers crossed the weatherman is wrong and you won't have to cancel your trip! (hey, there is a good shot that could happen. how often are the meteorologists right?)

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    1. Crazy winter weather. Last year was super mild, so I guess we were overdue. ;)

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