FIRST MOURNING DOVE I’VE SEEN IN THE YARD SINCE BEFORE THE SNOW CAME
It was hard for me to drum up enough enthusiasm for heading out into yet another cold gray morning peppered with snow flurries but with a 42 pound furry little black dog pushing me out the door I didn’t have much choice. Cranked up the Jeep’s heater and off we went. Minutes later we were plowing snow on a paved road that un-expectantly hadn’t been plowed yet. There were a number of snow drifts on Portal Hill Line as we made our way to Goderich. Could see tracks through the drifts where another vehicle had made it through so we just stayed in those partially drifted in tracks and plowed ahead without any problems. Had I been driving Kelly’s Pontiac Sunfire we would have been stuck for sure.
SNOWPLOW HADN’T BEEN DOWN THIS SECTION OF PORTAR HILL LINE YET
CLOSER TO GODERICH I SAW THE PLOW COMING SO PULLED OFF TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AS HE WENT ROARNING BY KICKING UP A WALL OF SNOW
Coffee and a muffin to go at McD’s and we followed our usual route down around the harbor and out to the end of Rotary Cove. Could see Lake Huron is beginning to freeze along the shoreline. It’s not unusual for lake waters to freeze for as far out as one can see. Great columns and mounds of ice and snow build up along the shoreline and it can be quite a sight. Even large chunks of blue ice at times.
THIS SLUSHY MIXTURE IS A COMBINATION OF WATER AND ICE WHICH WILL SOON FREEZE SOLID
ICE IS ALREADY BUILDING UP ON A COUPLE OF ROCKS
AS ICE BUILDS UP THE SHORELINE KEEPS PUSHING FURTHER AND FURTHER OUT INTO THE LAKE
Knowing I had a few things to do at home I didn’t bother taking the long way back so we just headed home the same way we had come. Thought maybe we could have another go at those snowy drifts on Portal Hill Line but alas they were all gone. Snowplow got em!!
THE ALGOWAY JUST MIGHT BE THE LAST SHIP IN GODERICH’S HARBOR THIS YEAR
DON’T THINK IT WILL BE LONG BEFORE THIS WATER IN THE GODERICH HARBOR FREEZES OVER
UP ON THE BLUFFS NEAR THE LIGHT HOUSE OVERLOOKING LAKE HURON
Figured it was as good a time as any to try getting all that snow of the roof of the Motorhome so gathering together a long handled squeegee scraper and my 12 foot step ladder I got right at the task at hand. The snow didn’t come off quite as easily as I had hoped and I was the best part of an hour climbing up and down the ladder and reaching out with the extended squeegee pole pulling snow off the roof. Impossible to get it all off without climbing up onto the roof but I didn’t want to especially do that knowing how treacherously slippery it would be up there.
I STARTED AT THE FRONT OF THE COACH
AS I PULLED THE SNOW OFFT HE ROOF AND LATER SHOVELED IT AWAY I WAS SURPRISED AT HOW HEAVY THAT SNOW WAS
I probably removed about 60% of the snow load with a pole before deciding to take the rig for a spin to try to blow the remainder off. So that’s what I did and was able to blow off another 25% or so. Got the rig up to 75mph and looking in my rear side view mirror I could see a solid wall of white snow chasing me. Only problem was by the time I got home the Motorhome was totally encrusted in that damn miserable corrosive road salt and there was still about 20% of the snow left on the roof. No way to wash the salt off of course but if the temperatures go above freezing Monday and Tuesday I’ll maybe carry out about a hundred and forty two and a half buckets of water and try to splash that salt off best I can.
Kelly’s down with a cold and temporarily out of action. If her cold persists we may have to move our departure date back. We’ll just take it one day at a time this week and see how things go. If her cold gets worse we may just not be going anywhere. Also, it looks like some really bad weather shaping up along the corridor we plan to travel and right at the same time we plan or should I say had planned to travel it. Thanks to Chris and Caron for sending us this Winter Travel Advisory. I have a feeling we won’t be going anywhere a week from today, our planned departure date. And to think we were usually on the road by October 21rst most years and by now would have already been soaking up that great Arizona and California sunshine for nearly two months already.
GROANER’S CORNER:(( A man and an ostrich walk into a restaurant. The waitress asks, "What will it be?" The man replied "a burger and a coke." "And you?" "I'll have the same," the ostrich replies. They finish their meal and pay. "That will be $4.50," The man reached into his pocket and pulled out the exact amount. They do this every day till Fri. "The usual?" she asked. "No, today is Friday. I'll have steak and a coke."
"Me too." says the ostrich. They finish and pay. "That will be $10.95" The man reached in and pulls out the exact amount again just like all week. The waitress was dumb-founded. "How is it that you always have the exact amount?"
"Well," says the man. "I was cleaning my attic and I found a dusty lamp. I rubbed it and a genie appeared." Wow!" said the waitress. "What did you wish for?" "I asked that when I needed to pay for something, the exact amount would appear in my pocket." "Amazing! Most people would ask for a million dollars. But what's with the ostrich?" "Well," said the man. "I also asked for a chick with long legs."
- The yoo-hoo you you-hew into the forest is the yoo-hoo you get back.
- There are two kinds of people who don't say much: those who are quiet and those who talk a lot.
- Since light travels faster than sound, isn't that why some people appear bright until you hear them speak?
Q: Diner: I can't eat this chicken. Call the manager.
A: Waiter: It's no use. He can't eat it either.
Q: What do you get when you cross a parrot with a centipede?
A: A walkie-talkie, of course.
Q: Why don't they play poker in the jungle?
A: Too many cheetahs.
Q: What is the difference between a cat and a comma?
A: One has the paws before the claws and the other has the clause before the pause.
As I watched the snow accumulate in your recent posts, I wondered how difficult it would be to skedaddle south through the mess. It is hard enough for us, and we are starting from No. Colo. Snow is less of a problem along I25 than wind during our travel window in early January. I watch for a 2-3 day window in between storm fronts trying to duck the wind.ReplyDelete
Love the new header!! That lake looks brutally cold. I still can't wrap my SoCal head around a giant lake that freezes. Hopefully there will be some warm up days as soon as Kelly is feeling better. That's a lot of snow on the motorhome!!!ReplyDelete
Give Kelly our best. Hope she feels better real soon:)ReplyDelete
Hope Kelly is feeling better soon!ReplyDelete
Sorry to read Kelly is under the weather hope she is feeling better real soon. Took us three tries this week, snow and bad roads, before we escaped the snow and cold but we are out. Fingers crossed you are lucky and make it on the first try.ReplyDelete
It is a small world as they say. A few weeks ago the Algoway was in Escanaba delivering salt.
Never give up hope..If you have to delay, just head straight for Florida and I guarantee warmer weather there...Sometimes we just have to adjust and overcome...Most important is how Kelly is feeling...everything else is secondary...hugs.ReplyDelete
Get well soon Kelly! Have some Quality Street - that should help!! That new header is beautiful! Very Christmasy!ReplyDelete
Oh dear, hoping Kelly kicks the cold out as well as the weather front.ReplyDelete
Good luck with the plans coming together.
Main thing is to be healthy and safe.
When the great lakes frees way put there is amazing how the waves are frozen in air with tunnels and flat areas, so scenic.ReplyDelete
Hope Ke;;y gets feeling better real soon, the weather gives you and opening and you can keep the snow off your roof. Fingers all crossed for your you guys.
Al, hubby has had his cold now for over 3 weeks. And, now I have one! He was coughing constantly, but mine makes my eyes water and nose run. I LOVE your barn photo! Just gorgeous and it gave me a chuckle this morning! I do hope you guys can leave, but not while Kelly is under the weather. NO FUN!ReplyDelete
Wishing good thoughts for Kelly's health.ReplyDelete
The salt won't damage the RV at this stage of the game. The least of your worries. When we left Kelowna on Nov 6 the had icicles hanging off the awning and the roof head as much snow as yours, it will simply blow off. Just get in and head south. We could not open our slides until we got to Vegas.ReplyDelete
We once followed a snow plow thru Grant's Pass and I was wiping off the front window condensation with a dog blanket. Your RV is heavy enough to get you through. Once you get to a main road that is bare pavement you are good to go.
Hugs to Kelly.
142+ buckets should give you a little exercise tomorrow or Tuesday!ReplyDelete
Dang! What a cliff hanger. We are at the Oregon Coast in Brookings and got hit with snow between here and home on Hwy 199. Gotta get back home, but h uhh st 100 miles and not crossing two countries. Best wishes for Kelly and for your plansReplyDelete