Sunday, February 7, 2010

Dude Where's My Car?!

We made it!

Our original flight was cancelled but we managed to get an earlier flight into DC. In fact it was the last flight of the day and we were some of the last few stragglers in the airport. We got in and it was snowing pig puffy flakes of snow. So pretty.

Mr. H and I went to dinner last night and it rained snow. Cold+wet= not good! We walked past McPherson Park and saw these giant sitting birds in the snow. We got closer and realized they were sitting ducks eating snow! awesome. I love the tracks they left in the snow. By the time we got out of dinner they were gone. We went home and were in bed by 9:30. Senior citizen discount here we come!

We had big plans for today but we woke to to over 2 feet of snow. It fell at about 3 inches an hour and never stopped. So we were hotel bound for the day. Mr. H and I managed to put on our snow gear and trek around the block to Thomas Circle. The snow was gorgeous and glistening, so white and fluffy.

We've been watching the news since we don't get many channels in the hotel and fishing on ESPN was not so exciting. They've been calling this the Blizzard of 2010, which cracks me up because 2 feet of snow does not a blizzard make. It is cold, there is a lot of snow, it is windy and dangerous (an airport hangar and a church roof collapsed, there are power outages from broken tree limbs) but no where near a blizzard. No offense Washingtonians :-) Granted this is the most amount of snow at one time that this city has seen since the early 1920's. There was an eventful snowball fight at Dupont Circle today so at least people are enjoying all this white stuff.

Thank you all for your concern regarding our safety. We are cold but surviving thanks to the hotel and their wonderful staff. Most businesses closed on Friday and today but hopefully things will start opening up tomorrow since the roads have mostly been cleared and the snow stopped earlier this afternoon.

I may not get on the computer for a couple days since I don't really like paying $12.95 a day for internet service but I sincerely appreciate your comments and I look forward to reading them when I log on. I hope you are all staying warm where ever you are.

39 comments:

Katie said...

Wow thats a lot of snow!! I hope you have a wonderful holiday

ButterYum said...

I'll agree with you to a point... a blizzard is defined by a storm with large amounts of snow fall spread over a wide ares, extremely cold temperatures, and strong winds.

We are located about 1.5 hours from DC and we didn't get the strong winds that some of the 6 or more states this storm affected did (many with 20-30 mile an hour wind gusts), but after spending 2 days digging out of 33 inches of snow in sub freezing temperatures, I'd say we were hit with a pretty bad blizzard.

I hope you enjoy your visit to the Nation's capital... it's really beautiful in the snow. Also, I hope you don't have any trouble returning home - don't know how long it will be before the airports are back on track.

:)
ButterYum

Coleen's Recipes said...

Fantastic photos, especially that last one. You sure know how to pick a weekend to travel!! Stay safe.

oneordinaryday said...

Glad you're safely tucked in at your hotel, Monica.

My kids have been having a ball in this white stuff. We ended up with 25-30", but it's hard to know for sure because we've also had wicked winds and so much drifting.

Stay safe, and go build yourselves a snowman!

Julie said...

Beautiful pics! We're actually making a special trip to northern AZ next weekend so the kids can see some snow. We may be crazy.

Virginia said...

Beautiful photos! Have fun!

♥peachkins♥ said...

those are nice photos...

Keeley said...

Beautiful photos! We live 90 miles north of DC and I feel this storm fit the definition of a blizzard (sustained winds over 35 mph and 2" snow/hour). We all know DC seldom gets this much snow, so of course it's a huge deal! I lived right outside DC for a few years and I think it's always special to see the monuments and landmarks covered in snow. I'm sure you have some beautiful pictures. I'm looking at at least 30" of snow here in Delaware and I'm looking forward to getting out of the house today! (Gotta get to Target and Costco, it is the weekend, after all!) Have a safe trip home!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I guess a ;'storm' is all a matter of perspective.In our area we are used to blizzards and cold temperatures,but that is just what we can expect in southern Manitoba in winter.The picture you have shown are beautiful.
Blessings,Ruth

cookies and cups said...

Stay warm! Up here, in NJ, I got not even a dusting. MY kids were bummed, but I was happy!

Rebecca said...

Lovely! I live in the DC area and we are truly wimps when it comes to any kind of accumulation. Hope you have a wonderful time and stay warm and safe

Joycee said...

You may not have got to do everything you wanted, but to be see the magical beauty of a big snowfall. Snow covers up the ugly in a city and ices it all like a beautiful cake! Have a safe journey home...

Mini Baker said...

That snow is BEAUTIFUL! I've never seen snow before :( How sad is that?!!
Can I come visit? haha
-Mini

Beth said...

WOW! That sure is a lot of snow, but the pictures are pretty. $12.95/day for internet service? Ouch. Stay warm!

Future Grown-Up said...

Gorgeous Photos...I'm glad to hear that you made it safely and are enjoying yourself despite the snow.

Julie Harward said...

Just beautiful photo's...have fun!

Melissa said...

Stay warm and have fun!!! :-)

Kerstin said...

What pretty pictures! I'm glad you're having a great time!

The Duchess of Wessex said...

Welcome to my time-zone! :)

What a way to get a snow-fix from Texas, huh?

ENJOY your trip!!

Safe travels,

Janet

Anonymous said...

Dee from Tennessee

WONDERFUL photos!!

Sandy said...

Wow your pictures look beautiful. I love snow and it looks like you are seeing a lot of it. Have fun!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

We would call that a blizzard here in Illinois! We have snow coming again tomorrow...seems to be no end this year.

Sue

Memória said...

I'm so glad you two are fine, Monica!! Have a safe, yet FUN time there!!

I don't blame you about not paying for internet service. I don't know why the nicer hotels charge for internet service, and the nasty, cheap ones have free service. Crazy. haha Take care!!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Well, good for you! You turned a blizzard into such a positive and beautiful spin. So glad you are safe. Looking forward to hearing more about your trip.
xoxo

Kim said...

Looks beautiful there in DC, but I love snow. Definitely looks like a blizzard.

Rachel said...

I was wondering how you were holding up in this weather. I hope you are still able to do some site seeing.

Laura said...

YIKES looks like fun though! Didn't think you Texans had snow gear though :)

Colleen said...

Glad you joined in our East Coast fun!! Hope you had a great time on your snowy adventure...someday I would like to expericence your definition of a blizzard...whoohoo!

Debbie said...

I'm about 30 miles south of DC in northern Va and this snow is just driving me nuts! I don't like it at all. We've gotten 30 inches here and I haven't seen this much snow since I grew up on Long Island. Hope you are having fun here! Stay warm and safe!

A 'n D said...

i just love your blog - and your recent snow pics are fantastic! way to have a good attitude about the weather while traveling!

looking forward to more recipes...

Nezzy said...

This Ozarks farm chick thinks ya'll picked a heck of a time to visit DC. Ya'll have a safe trip and I'm so glad I popped in for a visit. It looks like a tummy~yummy place to be!

Ya'll have a wonderfully blessed day for the snowy hills and hollers of the Missouri Ponderosa!!!

Jamie said...

Love the pictures! New to your blog and can't wait to read more. Yummy too.

Maria said...

That is a lot of snow! Stay warm!

Sook said...

Oh wow!!! That is just amazing.

Treehouse Chef said...

Wow--What a time to be in D.C.!
Beautiful photos!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm going to have to disagree with you about the blizzard comment. Please be a bit more sensitive to the fact that you have readers all across the nation and while you think the storm was a joke, it wasn't to those of us living here.

Here's a definition of a blizzard and the DC metro area definitely met all of the conditions:

A blizzard is a severe storm condition characterized by low temperatures, strong winds, and heavy snow. By definition, the difference between blizzard and a snowstorm is the strength of the wind. Ground blizzards are a variation on the traditional blizzard, in that ground blizzards require high winds to stir up snow that has already fallen, rather than fresh snowfall. Regardless of the variety of blizzard, they can bring near-whiteout conditions, which restrict visibility to near zero. Blizzards have a negative impact on local economies, and for days at a time can paralyze regions where snowfall is unusual or rare.

Monica H said...

Anonymous- I'm sorry if you were offended by my last post because I didn't feel that the weather met "blizzard" conditions. In no way did I think the weather in the DC area was a joke. It's not and I mentioned that there were a lot of people without electricity and it was dangerous. I'm sorry if you misinterpreted what I wrote. i just apparently have a different definition of what a blizzard is or looks like.

Monica

Ingrid said...

Like you Monica I have always thought of blizzards as being massive amounts of snowfall as opposed the wind conditions.

Hope you guys are doing well and despite the blizzard are enjoying your vacation. Stay warm!

Btw, I think two weekends ago FL had its first blizzard! The wind was fierce and it was freeeeezing the only thing missing was the snow.
~ingrid

The Duchess of Wessex said...

Good Lord, anonymous! Get a grip! Of course, what this storm looks like to a TOURIST isn't necessarily how someone that lives in DC might see it.

I once lived in DC, (my husband was born and raised in Arlington), I was born and raised in Germany, (talk about Blizzards!) and I've lived in Kansas, California and North Carolina - So I feel qualified to agree with Monica's comments about your snowfall.

If you possess a sense of humor you'll like this...

I am guilty of once telling a homeless Mexican family how lucky I thought they were to be able to take all their meals outside!

You see... We were in Cabo Mexico on vacation and I made the mistake of wandering off our resort to explore the quaint, nearby town of San Jose. While there, I saw a family eating at a dining room table in what I thought was their front yard - As it turned out, our tour guide told us everything we saw outside WAS their house!

That didn't make me insensitive or stupid - it just meant I had a different PERSPECTIVE and couldn't relate the same way to what I saw.

Living outside just wasn't part of my awareness - Just like thinking the snow you got in DC is beautiful first and a problem LAST is for this blogger. As a tourist, living in a hotel, our dear blogger-friend just has a different perspective than you do as a resident that has to cope with the snow as it affects your daily life.

Unfortunately for you, what's happened now is that your comment has exposed YOU as being insensitive, and worse, intolerant of someone visiting your city under emotional and difficult circumstances. Hello? She and her husband were there for the purpose of attending a funeral! Making the most of their visit with a bit of sightseeing during a snow storm was their only crime.

Therefore... I say, Shame on you!

PS - As tempted as I am to leave this comment as Anonymous, I fear the spine holding my head up won't allow it.

Peace and Love!

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