Tonight, more than usual, I feel lucky to be alive. We knew snow was in the forecast, but had no idea it was going to be one of the year's largest snowfalls. The city endured several inches of snow that are probably still piling up as I write (that certainly is the case here). This set the tone for all of moving-out day, postponing the departure time by a couple of hours and slowing down our progress by a good 40 percent (what should have taken four and a half hours took us seven). We saw several vehicles in the ditch, including two semis -- one jack-knifed and one flipped over. About an hour before the sun was going to set, we were nowhere near our destination in the Cleveland suburbs and we could tell that the slush on the roads was going to freeze. Andy and Colleen did some sleuthing and found the names of closer hotels -- and we are so thankful they did. After dark, Ian had to work extremely hard to keep our truck on the road (it took about two hours, but he did!) and I could hardly breathe the whole time. But at 7:15, we were finally safe in our hotel, a pizza on the way to our room and the Olympics on TV (we debated watching something else -- it's snowing in Vancouver today too).
Our UHaul (check out the hardcore snakes)
The happy travelers (Sprout, our grapefruit tree, might be the most worldly grapefruit tree ever)
Gorgeous Pennsylvania scenery (it was nice to have something pretty to look at while traffic crawled at 20 mph)
Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow!