I am going backwards a bit…but I just wanted to revisit so I can congratulate myself on not freaking out. no joke
We landed in town with little fanfare, got settled in, the girls into their new school, etc, etc, etc. On my second day of work a giant blizzard rolled into town. Now, normally I would be prepared and know exactly when I need to close up shop and head home BUT this was my second day of work and I was not connected to the right news stations or social media contacts, nor was my phone up to date on storm warnings in my new location. I left work about an hour later than I should have. That left me driving in a full on white out blizzard…20 miles to home. I *could* have turned back to town and stayed the night with Dave’s Aunt but my girls were already on the bus headed to the house. I was determined to make it there, so that there would be no way they would be left alone. I turned on the GPS on my phone to ensure that I did not miss the turn south on the highway….and thank goodness I did. You lose track of how far you’ve gone when you are creeping down the road at 2 to 5 mph. I needed to make a left hand turn and I could not see across the road to verify that GPS was even right, I just turned and prayed.
Imagine looking into a wall of white and not seeing anything until you look out the driver side window, look down and only see a yellow line and nothing out in front of you. And since I obviously did not stop for pics. Here is a road pic from a town just down the road.
About 5 miles from home the girls’ bus suddenly appeared to my left and I knew that they at least made it home and were not stuck somewhere. As the GPS announced that Kramer was approaching, I took the first entrance in….mistake. I turned directly into an unseen snow drift and got stuck. I called my sis in law at the bar (that she just purchased) and asked if the girls were with her (they were) and if I could leave the truck in the snow (no). She sent a patron who was stuck in town as well to pull me out. I will ALWAYS hold this gentleman in high regard. The snow and wind was brutal, but still he came to help me. We were snowed in for 2 1/2 days. Crazy!
North Dakota Highway Patrol: Facebook
As a result of that snow storm, I was also involved in a car fire. After the town and roads were cleared, I drove the truck into town for work….mistake. As I was leaving to go home for the day, the truck started acting funny, so I pulled down the street that has a truck shop. My truck starts filling up with smoke. The girls are freaking out and I am trying to figure out how I am going to put it out. As I am pulling the kids out, a very nice man from across the street ran over with an extinguisher. Fire Doused! he was an off duty fireman…..seriously!! Issue? Compacted snow. Arg. Obviously no pic of that either.
As an added bonus my beloved Land Rover (totally vintage at 1998 hahahahaha) blew a hole in the side of the engine as I was taking Dave to the airport….60 miles away in sub zero weather. Ack. What a nightmare.
All in all – not the best start that I could have hoped for. But I put on my big girl panties and kept it together.
Dave ended up purchasing a Monte Carlo to drive back and forth to the airport with and its a been a great car for commuting.
Super cute, right?
And I now drive a White Chevy Pickup the Dave has christened Snow White. just to annoy me
It was a dramatic start, but everything seems to have calmed down. We are house hunting and I cannot wait to show you whats up with that.
Have a good day Peeps!