Winter Everywhere - Part 2
Wednesday December 24th
Christmas Eve and we were pointing the car back towards Astoria from Bend. The drive to Warm Springs was pretty easy, with the roads in good condition (plowed and sanded). Of course the winter storm was not quite ready to let up. It wasn't quite blizzard conditions, but the snow was falling hard, especially on the pass.
Even though the snow let up as we made it towards Sandy, the roads were a nasty slush/snow mix which meant that Portland was going to be even nastier, since they lacked the ability to plow. As we neared the city it was wild watching cars trying to get into parking lots, with foot-deep slush filling the entrances. The main streets were pretty clear, so we pushed through and made decent time.
I-205 and I-5 were in decent shape, but the side streets in Portland basically forced almost everyone to put chains on their vehicles. Of course, with the inexperience of those drivers with chains, the roads were also littered with sets of chains falling off cars and trucks. It made the drive even more fun as I tried not to run over the chains on the road. There were plenty of cars pulled off the side of the road, cars and trucks that slid off the road, and other items to look at. It was never a dull moment.
The exit at Longview near the shopping area was blocked by a semi that crashed trying to exit. We made a detour, and cruised through some nasty slush filled streets. Fun stuff. The drive on HWY 30 once again was not boring. The snow began to fall as hard as on the pass (maybe even harder). With the lanes barely plowed, it made for slow going. The trees alongside the roadway were heavily loaded with snow and leaning heavily. Near Bradley Hill, the lean was very pronounced, and a short distance down the road was a tree blocking both lanes. Yipes! I simply drove into the other side of the road and went around. We watched the trees lean and actually bend before our eyes. Very surreal. Thursday December 25th
A white Christmas on the coast? Yes, indeed!
Better to stay inside and keep warm, and off the dangerous roads for this day.
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