Monday, December 31, 2012

Trains, Lakes and Catching Flakes

It decided to snow this morning- again.
What a time too, New Year's Eve.
When my daughter has to work until late in the night.
We decided to brave the roads and get Taylor
so she'd be safe and warm at our place.

This is our road, 
not a chance without four wheel drive.
They don't plow or salt here, 
perhaps a cinder or two somewhere along the line
and only on the county road at the bottom of the ridge.
We generally plow ourselves
but it has to be about 2 inches deep before the plow is effective.
Salt obviously had no impact.
This is making our way down the ridge top.

As we neared town the roads became much better.
This is US Silica where we often have to stop
when they shut down the road to bring train across.
You saw this in the first photo.
Most times it is only a car or two, 
sometimes part of a train.
Sometimes there is a 10 minute wait
when a larger train gets into position. 

After making it to Eureka,
and towing my daughter's car to the top of the hill
so she could get out, we made our way back home.
Back to the tire tracks in the snow.
Past our subdivision's semi frozen lake
at the bottom of the ridge.

Even four wheel drive struggled to get up the hill.
Now even you can't make it back down.
My  husband went to plow as best he can.
Our neighbors are stuck in in the middle of the turn
on the way down the hill.
In a Jeep (???)
My husband went to see if he can help
and they just now managed to get out. 

In the meantime, 
Taylor is trying her best to eat every flake that falls.
Saves us from plowing it.

Stay safe tonight.
Stay off the roads if possible.
Happy New Year!


Michelle said...

That's one of the bad things about snow. It can stop you from your ever day life. Have a safe and happy New Year.

Kristi said...

I hope the roads are clear by the time your daughter leaves work. Stay safe, and happy new year!

Carrie P. said...

Happy New Year! stay warm and safe.

LindaG said...

Hope you all will stay safe and warm.
We can hear the fireworks of neighbors, but we'll make do inside.
A Blessed New Year to you all. ♥

Gorges Smythe said...

It Taylor eats all the snow falling on your driveway, could I borrow her the next time we're supposed to get some snow? I'm getting too old to shovel the stuff!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Thank you- we're all tucked in, snug and warm. A little pool playing and I think a movie is on the agenda next.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

It's funny, it all depends when and where you are. Highways are good but side streets are still icy so she'll probably do fine.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Thank you. We're got a fire in the woodburner and lots of comforters to wrap up in!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I forgot about the fireworks. I'm sure we'll hear some too.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

LOL! If you have some snow cone flavoring it would work all the better! We attach a blade to the four wheeler now, hand shoveling left after we moved away from the subdivision but I do remember deciding to shovel every hour or so to get ahead of the storm, or putting all the cars in the drive so the snow wouldn't hit the concrete. We'd just drive off unless the plows left a two foot mound across the driveway!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I always hate driving in the snow. Sometimes you have to, though! I just say a prayer that everyone else driving will be careful and pay attention. Most of the time it's the other person you have to watch out for!

Barbara said...

Oh what fun. Taylor is so pretty!

Candy C. said...

I'm glad you guys got home safe! I miss seeing snow like that but I sure don't miss driving in it. We only ever get an inch or two and it melts off pretty quickly.