All winter long I have been hoping and pleading for snow to lessen the drought we are experiencing in the Robson Valley. My pleads had gone unanswered, except for a few teasing flurries that didn’t amount to much. Overnight we did get snow, about 6 inches (15 cm) of it, and more is forecast for later today.
I said, “of course,” because over the next three days, I had been hoping that we wouldn’t get any snow. The reason for that change is that we have a dental and medical appointment, up in Prince George on Monday and Tuesday, which means we will have to drive up there on Highway 16. For a good part of our snowless winter its pavement has been clear of snow, and normal driving.
Two-lane Highway 16 is always a dangerous drive with its twists and turns through the mountains, big trucks sitting on your tail, and always the chance of wildlife darting out onto the road. That is in the summertime, in winter, you still get all that stuff, plus: Whiteouts of snow whenever anything goes past you, snow and ice on the surface, lessening traction and obscuring the centerline and edge markings, snow plows blowing snow, plus other dangerous conditions.
It looks like we will have to face all of those things now, as we make out way up to PG, and once we get up there, what rewards will we see after those hours of white knuckle driving: A dental and doctor appointment, not my idea of a good time. After that, we will have to drive back through all those bad conditions, maybe in the dark, to get back home. Wish us luck.
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