Have Blizzard, Will Travel

Austin JunoI’ve often shared my Deep Thoughts on my fear of driving in snow, Modern Philosophers.

While I think I do a decent job of relating what it is like to drive up here during a blizzard, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Since Winter Storm Linus was pounding Maine with its third blizzard in the past week, I decided it was time to let someone else do the driving.  My wonderful friend Robin picked me up in her Jeep, and freed me from my horrible phobia for a day.

That also left me in the passenger seat to take some photos of Linus’ wrath and show you the road I’m glad I did not have to drive on today..

Linus 1They let us out of work at 3:30, and this was the condition of the road at that time.  We are just about to turn onto the highway, and things are not looking good.

Linus 2Here we are on the highway.  Lots of snow, and only one lane that was semi-plowed.  It would’ve been a white knuckle drive for this Modern Philosopher.

Linus 3See what I mean about there only being one lane, and that lane wasn’t plowed very well?  Can you even see the blacktop?

Linus 4Visibility was not good at all, and with only the one lane open, it was impossible to move over to allow cars to merge onto the highway.  We had to time it just right to allow the cars to join us on the snow covered road…

Linus 5That’s an eighteen wheeler that merged onto the highway ahead of us.  It spit snow back at us for several exits, and Robin had a difficult time seeing as a result.

My anxiety levels would have been through the roof at this point!

Linus 6We’re finally off the highway, and this is the condition of the road in town.  The high school is on the left, but I guess there no rush to plow the street in front of it since classes had been canceled.

At 3:45pm, the place is pretty deserted.  This is usually a high traffic road, with the turn off to the supermarket coming up on the left.

Linus 7Another normally busy road that was all but deserted.  Travel conditions sucked, so people were smart to just stay home.

Linus 8I arrived at The House on the Hill to this.  Robin didn’t even try to get up the driveway in her Jeep because the city snow plow had made a giant deposit at the end of it.

Guess what?  When I got inside, I discovered that the hot water pipe in the kitchen had frozen again!  Even with the blizzard, the temperatures never got above zero all day.

Linus 9A final shot of my street.  Notice how the sidewalk in not accessible.  I shoveled as much of a path as I could, but it’s better to just leave it to the sidewalk plow.

After failing to thaw the pipes, I went outside and shoveled the driveway.  Then I returned to The House on the Hill to attack the pipes again.

Mark finally had to come over and we discovered the problem.  The water is flowing again, and we decided to leave it running at a dribble all night as the temperatures will be below zero until mid-morning.

Anyone out there still think snow is awesome???

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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52 Responses to Have Blizzard, Will Travel

  1. Purpleanais says:

    Ok, so I can see *why* you would have a problem with the weather conditions…..but can I just whisper that I love those pics and that they make me feel all nostalgic and jealous? (I’m sorry, I cannot help it!)

  2. adamjasonp says:

    I know of someone who kind of does. But mainly the snowday-no-work-day part.

  3. I took a video of the snow today while out driving. Well stopped at the traffic light, I was alone and being semi smart. The roads were treacherous, complete sheets of ice. But after seeing your mess, I will just sit here quietly and sip my tea. I do hope the pipes are working and you’re warming up over there. Sending warming hugs your way!!

  4. amommasview says:

    I do… But then I don’t have to drive in it anymore… and I don’t have to deal with it anymore if I don’t choose to…

  5. sourgirlohio says:

    Ok, this explains why none of my contractors are servicing any of my sites in Maine. Thanks for a little peek at those driving conditions, it certainly makes our current road conditions here seem a little less scary.

  6. floridaborne says:

    When it comes to snow, the words that come to mind are nausea and nasty–not nostalgia. Snow, like the top of Mt. Everest, is only beautiful in pictures. 🙂

  7. NOOOOOooooo. Snow is a B*t*h. I come from the frozen North when we had a blizzard every weekend because we lived on the lake. Time has not softened my liking towards snow. Now that I’m retired, I don’t have to go out if I don’t want to, but I feel your white knuckling. I’ve had my share of bad weather driving… :/

  8. Gail says:

    I share your fear of driving in the snow. So glad I work from home. Some bosses make you feel like such a wimp when you try to take a snow day or even work from home.

  9. Arppegio says:

    That’s a entirely whole different world of cold compared to what there is here in Los Angeles. At least the traffic doesn’t seem half-bad over there as it usually does over here.

  10. markbialczak says:

    No, Austin, I do not think snow is aweome. It is worse in Maine than Syracuse. Those are terrible conditions.

  11. AC says:

    If I lived there, I’d load up the larder with about a thousand pounds of food in November and stay inside until May.

  12. List of X says:

    I think you should really take up Devil on his offer to visit. Better yet, get a temporary job there for the winter to pay the bills. Somebody has to write these soul sale contracts, you know.

  13. amandagrey1 says:

    And here I thought we had it bad in New York! I can totally relate to your driving in the snow anxiety; I get pretty bad too. Best of luck to us both!

  14. I feel for you! You must be so sick of seeing snow! 😦

    I better come rescue you! *Jumps in the helicopter*

  15. Catherine Johnson says:

    It must have been scary behind that truck, you can barely see it. I hope the snow goes soon. In sympathy I did some snow shoveling yesterday.

  16. the pictures look very fascinating to me coz i come from a place where it does not snow 😦 and I Really have NEVER seen a sowfall 😦

  17. That would have been a white-knuckle for me, as well. I have another friend who lives in Maine, so I know you guys have been hit hard. We’re all rooting for an early Spring!

  18. ksbeth says:

    i do love it, but do not like commuting in it. i’m glad you were safe, but know how scary it can be )

  19. Pamela Edwards says:

    Nightmare in snowy Maine . Bless your heart Austin , i know no one will be more glad for Spring to show up than you . ☺

  20. Hannah G says:

    …in Alabama, we were panicking a week or two ago because there might be flurries. North of my city, even, but everyone flipped anyway.

    Yes, I still think snow is awesome. 😉

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