Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
While many of our friends and family were enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures over Thanksgiving weekend, Chris and I were snuggled in our apartment not too far from the gas stove and excitedly watched the snowflakes flutter down. It took awhile for the snow to begin sticking, but once it started accumulating, there was no stopping it. By Monday morning, we had about 3.5 to 4 inches of the white stuff on the ground.
Things are a little different when it comes to snow in Northern Idaho as opposed to Northeast Ohio. Here, the snow plows don’t seem to be used as much as one would think they should and instead of using salt to melt the snow, they spread gravel to increase traction in it. Thus, come Monday morning, the streets were still quite covered and a little slick. The other big difference between here and Ohio is that people actually slow down. Chris and I have continued to ride our bikes in the slop (sorry, bikes) and the motorists have been very gracious and patient with us, even on the climb on the way home.
Wednesday evening brought us nearly a couple more inches of snow and made for an even more difficult commute on Thursday morning. I also had to stop at the public library on the way in, which put me on somewhat of a side street. The snow was thick enough that I could barely get going. I had switched to commuting with my mountain bike as early as Tuesday morning, but the increased surface area did little to help me out on Thursday morning on the less traveled streets. The roads that see a lot of cars are fairly clear, though there are some wheel grabbing piles, worse of all in the middle of intersections where you need to turn.
It was snowing again when Chris came home from class late Thursday night and there was a misty kind of snow hanging in the air Friday morning. I finally wussed out and rode the bus in today, although I would have been here quicker and have been warmer had ridden my bike.