Last Friday I had scheduled myself to go to Lethbridge to the BDO office, again. The weather forecast wasn’t bad, although there were very strong winds.
As I was leaving the house, I didn’t realize that the drift of snow at the end of the driveway was as deep as it was. Actually, it wasn’t that it was deep, but the winds had packed it down like concrete. So, as I am attempting to plow through it, my car bottomed out and I was stuck, tight. I spent 20 minutes or so trying to dig it out, I made little progress.
Luckily, I have AMA (part of CAA) and called then around 6:30 in the morning to winch me out. They were there within 40 minutes and got me out pretty quickly. Over the next bit, I spent some 10 minute shifts shoveling the end of the driveway. The snow was packed in for sure, and very heavy.
So, needless to say, I canceled my trip to Lethbridge on Friday.
On Saturday morning, I had to zip into town to get some Tim Hortons gift cards. I was smart this time though and I inspected the end of the driveway. The snow was light and fluffy this time, but was about 8″ deep, at least. I figured I’d be able to easily plow through it, but, why take the chance? I cleared the end of the driveway. This time, it only took a few minutes since it was light. I got out without any issues at all.
On the way into town, the wind and blowing snow was so bad that I decided to postpone my trip to Lethbridge, again. I’d rather not drive off the road, you know how it is I am sure. Sunday’s forecast was for much better weather.
I did indeed make it into Lethbridge on Sunday and did my Costco run and what not. I met a former co-worker for lunch, it was good catching up.
I think I am going to put up some snow fencing at the end of the driveway. Most of the driveway blows clear, but at the end there are some trees, fencing and a gate that block the snow. Snow fencing should do the trick and make the driveway a little more accessible.
New experiences living in the mountains, that’s for sure.