Last year at Halloween , it snowed. SNOW! Here .. in October. Prior to our October snow in 2011, I think it had only snowed here less than 5 times in recorded weather history.
As we speak we are sitting through Hurricane Sandy. Though I am unable to photograph Sandy while she is in progress, I was able to get some shots of our October snow while it was happening last year.
On the first day of that record breaking snow, we lost power. Primarily because of my condition and my inability to be in the cold, we set off for my mother in laws home just a few short miles away, as she has a generator to power her home when their electric ceases to run. The trip was not the smartest of ideas, as you will see. I was able to compile a complete photographic journey of our travel over the hill to her home. We were met with un-plowed slippery snow covered roads, downed trees and power lines making it impossible for us to pass. We met a few kind people on the way who were also stuck so my husband would get out and try to help them clear the debris. At one point we were just moments away from a giant tree branch that came cascading down right in front of our moving car. The journey was treacherous at best and we were more than thankful when we reached the warm shelter Mike’s mom had provided for us.
The following morning the snow had stopped and the sun came up. Life, it seemed, would continue as if nothing had ever happened. Our power would be restored later that day. Little did we know that many of our friends would remain without power for a week, some up to 14 days. We then, opened our home to people who needed shelter and showers and warm meals. That storm would remain quite a memory. One I hoped would not be repeated for a very long time.
I am praying we can get through this Halloween storm without losing power. Two teens without entertainment is never a fun thing. Me without heat is no joke, either.
I hope to be able to head out after the rain and see what effects Mother Nature has left us with. In the meantime, I will just watch the leaves swirl to the ground from my window in the comfort of my favorite chair.
They say that the third time is a charm. I can’t even imagine what Mother Nature intends to shock us with next Halloween.