For the second time in two months we have had a “severe” winter storm, at least for the South Willamette Valley.
For the second time in HISTORY we went snowmobiling in our fields! We even went down county roads to a field 10 miles away.
The snow started on Thursday. Now if you were new to the Willamette Valley you might have thought the world was ending. When it snows where it typically does not snow everything comes to a halt.
The husband and I had signed papers for a HOUSE, a real house, on Wednesday. The plan was to have keys on Thursday. I am not very patient so before lunch I emailed the escrow officer asking the status of recording.
This was her response:
Okay, I am so sorry BUT FED EX has the package in Portland. UGH! We cannot close without the ORIGINAL seller docs.
Yes, I was aware that I-5 was a literal mess and 20 cars had piled up 40 minutes north of us but still, I NEEDED A HOUSE! Thankfully, Fed Ex came through. The title company called about 3:30 pm that they had recorded .
The husband and I jumped into his pickup full of wedding presents we had not opened yet. Drove to OUR house, unloaded. We borrowed my mom’s Yukon drove to my storage unit, loaded more presents, the husband loaded my bed in his pickup and back to OUR house we went!
Well the snow continued. The husband had started working full-time on the farm in October but prior to a farmer he was a full-time paramedic. He continues to work part-time on the ambulance. He was scheduled to work Friday night to Saturday night. A drive that should have taken him an hour took him two & a half hours.
I went snowmobiling Friday afternoon with my parents and a family friend. It was a blast riding on unplowed roads and zooming around the fields. Unfortunately my snowmobile decided to break down. We had to leave the sled in the field and planned to get it the next day.
2nd time this winter! Crazy!
However about 4 PM on Friday the freezing rain started. This is something that is most annoying and no one should have to experience. Basically rain falls from the sky in near ice form and freezes to whatever surface it hits. I made it home that night with no problem.
Saturday morning I decided to venture out to my parents. I needed to help dad get my snowmobile, plus they have coffee and food at their house. My house was not at that point yet.
Driving in snow does not bother me. I have lived in Pullman, Washington where I drove a milk truck in the snow at least a dozen times. (I worked at the WSU Creamery.) I lived in Central Oregon and drove in the snow at least a few times each winter. I find it a fun challenge more than anything else. Test my skills as a driver.
Although I do not think I have ever driven on an inch of ice until Saturday morning. It was about 10:30 am and the roads had barely been touched by drivers let alone a snow plow.
I have driven rigs of all sizes in various weather conditions. Even 3 winters ago I drove a semi truck and trailer of wheat through the snow to get it on a railcar. No big deal. This Saturday though, I drove 7 miles white knuckled to my parents house, being sure not to touch brakes so I avoided telephone poles and ditches.
It was slippery out. You had to stomp when you walked to break the ice or else you would fall on your butt.
In the early afternoon Dad and I ventured out to go rescue the snowmobile. The snow plows were running on the main county roads by then. But not the county road the snowmobile was on. But we made it safely to our destination and back.
Tristan, the husband, could not make it home Saturday night because the roads where he worked were too bad to travel. He stayed at his old house. Luckily he made it home Sunday morning and we were off to buy things for OUR house!
The freezing rain/ice has knocked out power for thousands of people around the area and some are unsure when it’ll be restored. I have heard of at least four barns collapsing under the weight of snow and ice, including an 86 year old barn that my great-great grandpa built.
There are many branches and a few trees down. I wonder how many of those branches and trees are in our fields? Hopefully we find them before the windrower does.
Were you affected by the winter storm? Share your story in the comments!