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Friday, February 07, 2014

Stranded Due to Snow

I've been blessed to have a chance to get a few days away this week to work on some writing projects.  It's a rare opportunity for me and I've thoroughly enjoyed the quiet and progress I have been able to make.

But I was more than ready to go home.

The fact is, I miss my babies.  I miss my wonderful husband.  I miss my cozy home.  That's just the kind of girl I am!

The weather had other plans. 

I'm only about an hour and 20 minutes from home, but Donner Summit pass, which is over 7000 feet, stands between where I am in Reno and where I need to be in Dutch Flat.  Considering that the Sierras rise to 15,000 feet, that doesn't seem too high. . .but it sure is in a wild storm like we're getting.

I have a four wheel drive (with chains), and I have a LOT of experience driving in all kinds of snow, so I wasn't too worried about attempting the trip at first.  But this storm is also bringing whipping winds with it. . .up to 100 miles per hour over the high ridges.  And that, unfortunately, turns my Jeep Wrangler soft top into something akin to a kite on ice skates.

Heading out of Reno, just before I entered the mountains, a huge gust of wind blew me right off of the freeway.  I ended up amongst the sagebrush. . .unharmed but pretty shaken.  And it wasn't even icy or snowy. That pretty much decided the issue for me.  Not going to chance it.

So, I'm stuck for at least another night away from home, feeling slightly sorry for myself.

Don't get me wrong. . .it's not a tragedy at any level.  I'm safe and sheltered and will try the trip again tomorrow.  It's just a little disappointing.

I love my precious family!

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