Monday, January 8, 2018
Nick of Time
Between the aquarium and our dinner date, we tried to visit a art museum but the kids and especially my mother-in-law were just too tired. So we tried again the following day. It was more successful but about half way through the experience, I made the mistake of checking my social media while letting the girls rest on a bench in a gallery. I instantly saw reports of bad weather back home and felt that we should probably cut our day short. I don't like driving at night in winter anyway but when it is precipitating, I dislike it even more. Fortunately my wife agreed and after we got everyone found from the various galleries, we started for home.
About halfway back, we ran into a freezing drizzle. Almost immediately afterward, even though the roads were not slick yet, things went south. Due to the cold winds, our defrost, along with just about everyone else defrost, could not keep up with the freezing drizzle. My view of the road was only the bottom eight inches of the front windshield. The rest was just a sheet of ice that I occasionally thawed out with massive squirts of windshield washer fluid every few minutes. Much of the last half of our journey is on small two lane roads and I found going through towns where the wind was blocked and our speeds were much slower, the windshield would gradually clear of ice but as soon as we reached the outskirts of town and got up over around 30 mph, the ice would again freeze on the windshield blocking our view.
The roads never did get really slick but by the time we got to town, the front of our car was a sheet of ice except for a hole right above the defrost vents. We made one stop at the grocery store for a few supplies which allowed the windshield to thaw and a hole to melt in front of the headlights but other than that, our van looks as it did.
I was really glad to be home but felt we left some things "on the table" in Kansas City. But that is okay with me because it gives us an excuse for another mini-vacation sometime down the road.