Wednesday, February 2, 2011
So the wind howled all night and every time I woke up to take a peek outside the window, it was just a whiteout. Snow was falling and I couldn't see signs of the street, only huge drifts here and there. When I finally got out from under my warm blankets and crept downstairs, this was the view out on my back deck. The snow drift is probably only two to two and a half feet deep. Not bad I thought. So I got the little one situated watching cartoons and eating breakfast and decided to see if I could dig out of my driveway. When I opened the garage door, this is what I saw.
Not good. Not good at all. Suddenly I wished to retract my statement from yesterday about bring it on because I wasn't sure that my snowblower would be capable of tackling these huge drifts. My sidewalk and front deck looked highly doubtful as well.
After shoveling the little mini drift by hand that had been up against the garage door, I stuck my shovel in for another comparison picture. Holy crap! This is the biggest snowstorm I have seen in my nearly four decades of life!
So I fired up the beast and gave it hell. Even in first gear, I had to stop and let the motor catch up now and then. But there was no stopping it. Funny thing, when I bought the thing earlier this fall, I noticed it had two reverse gears on it. Since it has clutches for the wheels and it is about like pushing a heavy lawnmower, I wondered if reverse was actually necessary. I can say without a doubt, yes. My snowblower would push through the bottom of the drift and the top half would collapse all a round it. There were many times I had to use reverse to get myself out of the drift to have another go at it.
This is my front sidewalk. Enough said.
My daughter finally done with cartoons and checking out the prospects for a snow fort later today.
Eventually I cleared out the snow and made it over to daycare though we had to walk up from the street with me breaking the way through waist high drifts of snow. I even made it to work but there was nary a car in the parking lot and a ten foot tall drift completely blocking the entrance. Down the street aways, a large Caterpillar bucket was clearing the street one bucket at a time. I did the prudent thing. I went home to get some work done that can only be done in peace. Perhaps around lunch time I will go get the daughter and we can make a snow fort. One thing is for sure, this is a day that will live in my memory for the rest of my life.