Dec 30, 2006
...So, as I'm fighting the blizzard, a plow went by-causing complete panic for 5 seconds not to be able to see the road. Then minutes later, the plow heads back- hey, a hint that he had turned around at the Colorado border. Finally, at the intersection at Antonito, CO stopping was a joke-complete ice. The one and only motel was flashing 'NO VACANCY'. (of course-snowstorm and it was 8pm) So I call my folks from a gas station. My Dad insists to travel about 45 miles to meet me. That was the longest almost two hours ever. Although, it's amazing how warm a vehicle stays with three people and a large dog...periodically turning the engine heat on! Nugget was a tropper. We feed her in the Blazer and stepped out in about 5-6" snow (her first ever) to let her do her business. At this point my Dad in his old beat up 4x4 pickup arrives! I had a moment in his arms. My nerves were shattered after such a night. My 17 years of being that strong Navy wife- being able to take care of everything and anything..mostly alone- melted as the huge flakes continued to fall to Earth. Nature made me humble once more.
What was my Dad to do? I don't know, but the next 20 miles or so to Alamosa was even more dangerous! See, the storm had ceased as we headed further north-there was no snow-pack or fresh snow- just pure glassy ice. To have my Dad behind me gave me strength to continue to Alamosa, CO. If I got in trouble he could help. I avoided looking in my mirrors back at him, for the glare off the ice was so scary. As we approached the town there was a vehicle flipped off the road and the driver being loaded in the ambulance. The patrolman signaled for me to stop with his flashlight. That was not going to happen. I quickly though to change my automatic gear from 2 to 1- that worked. Iceskating with a vehicle just drops your stomach. Time now? 11pm. By the time we got to Alamosa, I pulled over and told my Dad that was it. To continue home (another 20 miles, 10 miles up a mountain dirt road (to 9200ft.) and try to unpack up their impossible driveway was just crazy to do around midnight. I had been driving since Benson, AZ- I could tell I was drifting even in these conditions. We checked into a motel and around midnight after hot showers, the kids and I literally fell into our beds....