It’s happened! We’ve been stranded! Winter storm Jonas has dropped over 17 inches on our property, limiting our travel to what we can cover in big, snow-sinking footsteps. Suddenly the world has shrunk to our house and its very immediate surroundings. Ian and I are in a desperate situation. The last of our rations were eaten days ago and It’s only a matter of time before this hunger drives us so crazy that we begin to chew each other’s limbs off in an effort to get some desperately needed calories.
Welllll, not quite. One nice thing about this modern age is are 24 hour weather reports, meaning that Ian and I knew about this storm well in advance and prepared ourselves accordingly. An overly cautious string of snow days at the schools this week gave us plenty of time to prepare, and by Thursday night our pantries were full, the firewood was stacked on our porch, and the animals were all accounted for. When Friday morning woke us up with a home covered in a thick carpet of white powder, we were able to enjoy it.
Much of the past few days have been spent indoors on the couch, quietly reading or attempting to connect to our inferior wifi. The two of us were surprisingly ambitious yesterday and managed to get our long training runs done on the treadmill. (11 brutal miles worth for me, 9 for Ian.) Nevertheless, getting outside has been a necessity and we’ve gone on many walks around the property, blazing new trails through the thick snow wherever we go.
For now, we are entirely at the mercy of our impenetrable driveway. Until a four wheel drive truck passes through it or the snow melts enough for our Santa Fe to survive, we can’t drive out.
Right now we are on day three and counting of being snowed in. I’m sure we’ll begin to get bored and a little stir crazy soon, but for now the novelty of being stranded on a snow covered mountain hasn’t worn off. Up next: a post about the garden shed table Ian’s built these last two days. Trust me, it’s worth seeing. 🙂