Thursday, December 24, 2009

Winter driving

Ever since my drive to Des Moines Iowa, I have been a little frightened of winter driving. My best friend and I drove down there about three years ago during one of the biggest snowstorms of the year. We were driving to a red hot chili peppers concert, and we really didn't want to miss it... long story. Well, anyway, Iowa hates me, and every time I drive through it there is a blizzard. This particular time though, my car spun out, and I learned that semi drivers are fucking crazy. Excuse my language, but it's true. We almost got hit my may fishtailing trucks, and then almost crapped our pants when I a semi was sliding, faster than we were driving, jack-knifed down the highway behind us... not fun.
So when Jonathan and I decided to drive up to my parents last night, I was a little hesitant, and extremely panicked. He had to yell at me for backseat driving a few times... I kept telling him not to follow cars too closely, even though he really wasn't. Well, eventually I calmed down. After the traffic disappeared it was not nearly as scary. That, plus a bit of lack of sleep slap happiness mad it extremely entertaining.
When we got onto the two lane highways we could not see the road. They were not plowed, and no one had driven on them. We just had to drive between the two ditched and hope for the best. At one point, we had to stop and scrape off the windshield wipers that had become covered in ice. We just stopped in the middle of the road... :) there was no one there. Then we almost hit a frickin huge deer! Well, we were going slow enough that it would not have damaged either of us, but would have made on large deer very pissed off...
the rest of the drive went alright. It just took forever! Driving over 100 miles at 30mph is not very fun. And then we got there! And got totally stuck in the driveway... After four tries of backing up and driving as fast as we could, not to mention trying to physically push it up the hill, we finally made it up... and then got stuck again... and repeated the aforesaid actions... THEN we made it :) Both my parents were awake, and worried. But all in all, it was a good ride. Not actually too dangerous because we drove so slow, and at most we would have gotten stuck in a ditch with out car full of snow gear and two laundry bags of clothes. We would have been fine, but still, I am thankful that it didn't come to that.
And now I am enjoying a wonderful Christmas eve day with my family. FUn filled with snow shoeing, sledding, snowmobiling, and making grilled cheese over the fire while drinking wine! Love it! Time to go cook some delicious food!


  1. Sounds perfect! I have driven in these kind of condtions enough for a lifetime! Yuck! Enjoy your time in the beautiful snow! XX

  2. Wow, sounds like it was scary yet an adventure at the same time. :D Have fun in the snow and hope you had a fabulous christmas.