This photo is from our drive yesterday through New Hampshire, and into Connecticut. We never did see a Moose.
We had a light dusting of snow, but it was nice and sunny – a pleasant drive. That was yesterday – Friday. Today was a different story.
As we passed this ski resort, Lou made the comment, “you wouldn’t want to miss the turn at the bottom of the trail …”
We spent the night in Waterbury, Connecticut, and headed out this morning at about 9am – it was cold, but not snowing.
It was clear, but slightly overcast as we passed through Poughkeepsie, NY.
After crossing the Pennsylvania border, we started to see these “Storm Warning Signs”
They weren’t kidding … it started to snow heavily. The temperature was showing 32 (F) outside the car, and then it dropped to 30.
Snow plows were out, and most people were driving slowly – with the exception of the occasional wild Canadian (or New Yorker, or name any other state – we saw it today). The road was okay as long as it was straight, and you didn’t try to zip across the slush – we probably averaged 30mph for several hours. Here’s a photo of one of the jack-knifed trucks we saw – along with numerous cars spun out into the median and sides of the road:
This is about the time we started the conversation about how to make sure we were in All Wheel Drive, or 4-Wheel Drive, when we remembered the Toyota is only front wheel drive. Oops, that’s right – last snow storm we were in we had a rental SUV – with 4-wheel drive!
We thought we were almost out of it, when traffic came to a standstill for almost 30 minutes. Here’s the culprit – a tree down on the interstate. We later heard on the news that downed trees were a real issue because they still had their leaves, and this snow was wet and heavy.
It snowed heavily all the way into Gettysburg, and our closest call came when a car spun out in front of us on the entrance ramp to the Turnpike. But, Lou remained calm and got us through the day safe and sound. We’re scheduled to stay in Gettysburg tomorrow, and things look better for later in the week, so we’ll watch closely and modify our travel plans if need be. (My brother did point out that the objective of being a Snowbird is to get South BEFORE the snow hits!)