Monday, March 9, 2009

Coming Home

Coming home never felt so good as it did this evening. Jim and I drove to Spokane this morning to visit and take care of some business.

It had snowed throughout the night, so we awoke to a dusting of snow and the sky threatening more. Our little valley's climate is moderate, but just a few miles away, at the top of the mountain, things become very different, in deed. A traveler can expect heavy snow, wind, and fog up there.

Even through we knew the weather could turn ugly, we ventured up, up, and onward to Spokane. Sure enough, it didn't take long for the snow to start falling and the road became puddles of slush. A little further down the road condition got worse as the snow fell faster and heavier. We followed in the tracks of another nervous driver.

Over two hours later, we made it safely to our daughter Linda's house. We were supposed to meet daughter Lori, too, and the four of us go out to lunch, but she was very ill with a migraine and couldn't join us.

Wow, did it snow while we were out and about with Linda!!! The snow was laying fast, so after lunch and just a little shopping, Jim and I started back on our two hour journey home, fearing the worse.

Much to our surprise, the snowy weather diminished as we drove south toward our home. I don't think I've ever been so glad to see the lights of our peaceful valley. Snow is expected tonight, but we will, at least, be home where we are safe around our warm fire.

Thanks Linda for a wonderful day with you. And to Lori--Dad and I hope you are feeling better by now.

26 comments:

Cindy said...

Hi, I really love your blog. It sounds like you had a nice trip regardless of the weather. I live in Florida so I don't have to worry about the snow. We have hurricanes here.

Barbara said...

Cindy- We were in Florida a couple of years ago and thought it was so beautiful there.

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

I am so glad that you all made it home safe and sound. I hate driving when the weather is not good. connie

Lea and her Mustangs said...

Linda had a busy day. She and I had coffee (well she drank coffee and I drank Juice) and spent a couple of hours just gabbing about horses and stuff. And, exchanging books. It was really nice. Even if we did have to wade thru snow. The truck I drive is 2 wheel drive so it was a little dicey but worth it.

Barbara said...

Connie- Thank you so much.

Barbara said...

Lea- Linda mentioned your coffee together this morning and what a good time she had.

The snow conditions were terrible today in Spokane. I am so thankful to get back home in one piece!

Linda said...

That was fun for me. Thanks for the gift you brought up! I love my birch bark horses! And Mike loved the wine and card you left for his birthday. Glad you made it home safely.

Barbara said...

Linda- We had so much fun being with you and Mike. Can't wait to do it again.

Linda said...

Glad you made it safely home. It can be very tense driving in winter weather.

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

What an adventure through the snow! I'm so happy to hear you had a wonderful visit and arrived home safe.

Joanne said...

There's no place like home, especially in snowy conditions! What a winter we've all had, spring can't get here soon enough.

Terri Tiffany said...

I can't believe you even went in that snow! I haven't driven in it in years and I think I've gotten fearful of it and forgot what it used to be like.Glad you made it home safely!

Pat's Place said...

Glad you are safe! We had 84 degrees yesterday but it is supposed to get cold the next few days--in the 40s and 50s. Boy! Will we feel that change!

Barbara said...

Linda- Thank you.

Barbara said...

Donna- Adventure is the right word for it.

Barbara said...

Joanne- I appreciate it so much more after conditions like we were in yesterday.

Barbara said...

Terri- We had an appointment that couldn't be postponed, so had to be there. It was a "white-knuckled"
ride, for sure.

Barbara said...

Pat- We had to be there yesterday or we would have stayed home. Your weather sounds so nice.

Star said...

Late snow doesn't usually last, thank goodness. Over here in England, we call it "daffy snow" because when it falls, it covers the daffodils. Glad you got home safely.
Blessings, Star

heather said...

I'm glad you were able to get through your trip safely. I hate driving in snow. I hate it.

Becca said...

We had a dusting of snow here in Hillsboro yesterday. I wish that spring would make an appearance! :-)

Barbara said...

Star- I love that expression! Thank you!

Barbara said...

Heather- Yes, it is so dangerous out on the highway when it snows. We have lost many communities members this year because of it.

Barbara said...

Becca- Our good weather is supposed to come next week, perhaps yours will also.

MichaƩle said...

Oh, yes, Spokane surely did get snow yesterday! And I was just getting used to dry pavement up here! Glad you had a safe trip home. The sun is out right now so I suppose a lot of what we got yeterday will be slowly melting.

Barbara said...

Michaele- I hear that most of the bad weather is behind us with spring not far away. Thank goodness!!