Winter Storm Leon
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
I live in north Alabama and my children and grandchildren live in South Alabama. We called them Sunday afternoon to tell them to prepare for a big winter storm with at least 2" of snow. Well, the storm hit our area by surprise. I travelled just 15 miles north this morning to lead a "Where Moms Connect Group" at our church. Everything looks good. At 10:30 our pastor dismissed all staff because it started snowing and the roads were getting icy. I made it about 1/2 way home but my car slid several times on the ice. I pulled into the parking lot of Zaxby's and called my DH to come rescue me. That was a bit before 11 am. My DH tried and tried to get to me, but time was passing and the road conditions were worsening. The temperature was 21 degrees. Brrrrrr! Zaxby's closed, other businesses around me closed and I was stuck. I found a grocery that was open, used their restroom and purchased a bottle of water, a banana and an apple. Got in my car to wait some more...starting the car every 20 minutes, warming for 5 minutes, then turning it off again. I wanted to be conservative because I didn't know how long I would be stranded. Cell phone is not working for calls, but texts were going through. I finally got my son in Dothan and asked him to call the Calhoun County Sheriff's Dept to come rescue me. They were using army surplus vehicles to rescue people. He finally got through, said they were slammed, and I was on a waiting list. Getting colder...Brrrrr!!!
Texted my DH to ask how far he made it (he had to get up steep hills and the drivers in front of him were sliding off the road, stuck, so forth). He finally made it to within a mile of where I was parked. We discussed me just abandoning the car and me hiking to him. He didn't really like that plan, so I started the car again, warmed up again a bit and continued to wait. Anyway, he texted that he made it another few blocks and felt I would be able to get to him now easier hiking since he would never make it up and down the big hill separating us. So I packed my backpack (I always have one with me) with my water bottle, my apple (already ate the banana) and started hiking. I got to help push a truck out of the icy area of the road where a lady was stuck. It was blizzard conditions, but I kept on hiking...did I mention up hill? Did I mention it was 21 degrees? did I mention the wind was blowing snow in my face? Anyway, Thanks to Spark People and my commitment to exercise, I made it to him! He drove us home, slowly, slowly and we made it in at 4 pm. What should have taken 30 minutes took five hours! Whew, I was glad to make a hot cup of coffee and warm the chicken vegetable soup I made for dinner last night.
God is faithful! OH, yeah! I'm counting that hiking as my cardio today. My fitbit shows 8,625 steps and 19 sets of stairs. Told you that hill was steep.