last winter and the winter before to last me awhile!
We thought we might run into some snowstorms on our trip. When you make a 3500-mile roadtrip in the winter, you pretty much have to plan for that. On Christmas Eve, as we were preparing to leave we heard of bad storms throughout the midwest-- just where we were headed. We changed our planned route at the last minute, and somehow managed to dodge the storms and bad roads.
The most dramatic weather we experienced on the whole trip was the night we stayed in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on our way home. When we got up on Saturday morning to get back on the road we discovered that the temp was a frigid 28-below-zero!! Never before had any of us been in weather that cold! Lyle said he learned that gloves don't help much when it's that cold, if they've been left in the car all night. We were concerned that the car might not start. It sputtered and protested but finally turned over, and we were on our way. By the end of the day we reached Billings, Montana where the temperature was a balmy 48! That was a temperature change of 76 degrees in one day!
Now we're home again, where the temps are average for this time of year: high-30s/low-40s... and the sun doesn't shine much. The good news is, we've passed the equinox so the daylight hours are getting longer again! The cold, gentle rain which makes our yard soggy means it's snowing in the mountains... and that's good news for the girls because they get to start ski lessons again next week.
So, I'm content with the chilly dreariness. Not having huge piles of snow everywhere makes spring seem closer. At least we don't have to wait for that all to melt before spring can come!
Now that I've posted how "happy" I am with the weather, watch us get dumped on! But... the sun is coming up this morning, so maybe we'll get to enjoy a little sunshine for a change.