Blizzard Friday

After 2-3 weeks of spring weather, today was a reminder that winter is not quite over yet. Though we had wind-driven rain at the house and a dusting of snow, points northward to Denver and eastward into the plains were having a blizzard this morning. A certain project appointment, however, had to be kept regardless of the weather conditions.

heading into the plains: an icy SH 94 east of Colorado Springs, which closed 15 minutes later

While Deborah and Tara did some homework, Elizabeth made two chocolate pies. She had to make a pressing call, first, to Laurie at work, “where is the baking chocolate?” Of course, Elizabeth had first taste of her chocolate temptation.

Elizabeth’s first word: “tasty”

Not a bad afternoon treat.

“Thank you, princess.”

Winter Road

The drive, early Tuesday morning, was a challenge. Though the snow had relented, the wind and cold did not. The last status board, nearly 100 miles behind, warned of hazardous traveling conditions ahead. Yet, the highway remained open and continued travel was at your own risk.

Traffic is negligible on a rural state highway in these type of conditions. It is much less on a rural county road. Accordingly, your awareness of winter conditions is essential.

sunrise on a wintry, rural county road

 

In these kind of conditions, Eastern Colorado can be rather desolate and resemble a distant landscape much farther north. Except for the color provided by the sunrise, it was largely a black-and-white day with an occasional burst of snow flurries.

In the fading daylight and falling temperatures of late afternoon, the drive home was a bit slower with the icier conditions.

 

About the photo

This was taken shortly after sunrise on Tuesday morning (Dec 30 2014) on a rural county road off of State Highway 94 in Eastern Colorado. When wintry conditions are present, the handful of other cars and trucks are largely absent from the road. It is quite rural and open country.

Black Ice

The icy road sign was a few miles back. The last status board, many, many more miles behind, wasn’t on. On a rural highway and traffic not seen for miles, awareness of the winter conditions is paramount. Farmhouses are few and far apart.

State Highway 94

 

Though the road surface did not appear so, it was very icy walking to the centerline amid the swirling snow. My turn onto a snow-covered dirt road was 10-12 miles ahead, in the whitened horizon. The wind, though not strong, made the bitter cold much more colder.

Driving back was slower, much more icier and colder.

 

About the photo

This was taken before Wednesday noon (Feb 5 2014) on Colorado 94. The last truck I saw was about 45 minutes earlier. Not many cars or trucks are seen on this stretch, much fewer when wintry conditions are present. It is quite rural and open country, with very few dirt road turn-offs.

A Sunrise Gem

Several weeks ago, I teased blogging friend, Elisa, about standing in the middle of the road for a stunning photo. A couple weeks ago, I found a photo in my own library which was taken, standing in the middle of the road.

Off the highways, sunrise on a country road is one of the hidden gems of rural Colorado …

 

On this morning, in August 2011, my daughter Deborah and I were driving to a ranch to check out a horse. It was largely a quiet drive in the pre-dawn darkness. When the August sun began to rise above the horizon, Deborah mentioned how pretty and how bright it was, hoping the day would be as nice as the sunrise. With such a pretty scene unfolding, it was worth taking a few photos. And, yes, standing in the middle of the road was the best spot. Considering we hadn’t seen any traffic on this particular road, it was a fairly safe proposition.

Though in Eastern Colorado, this scene reminded Deborah of one her favorite George Strait songs, Amarillo By Morning … which she played a bunch of times that morning.