Yesterday was my first trip out to the Peninsula for work ....
AND boy was it an adventure!!
It all began on the ferry ...
I was talking to my girlfriend who use to cover my new territory, and Kristin said when it's raining in Seattle, it is usually much worse on the islands. She said be careful since the visibility is more difficult out there and in a nutshell told me the roads can be treacherous! Even listening to her, I wasn't really thinking it would happen to me, and boy did I not prepare myself for what I was about to get myself into.
Well, ladies, I had an adventure of my own with my first sighting of snow this entire winter. As I was driving, I saw baby flurries and thought I would be cute and tell Gabe, "It's snowing over here!' So, I did. Then, I see cars driving the opposite direction with a little snow on their vehicle, and then a lot, and then I notice these flurries are actually getting bigger.
At this point, I am already a couple hours in and too far invested to turn around.
So, what do I do?
1. Inform others of the craziness
2. take pictures while driving to capture the moment!
3. ignore their advice to turn around so I wouldn't get
stuck on the island if they shut down
the ferries for wind advisory alerts
And, then I get nervous after seeing multiple cars on the side of the road being pulled out by another car and ropes. It was for sure scary, and I questioned if I was doing the right thing.
My trusty AWD vehicle seemed to be handling fine, but it was my first time driving my Subaru Outback in conditions like this. I am slightly embarrassed to admit this, but I am going to anyways .... I called the dealership to see if there was any button I had to push to help with traction in the snow!!! The service advisor was like, "Nope, AWD is all the time!" LOL - You know he was telling his colleagues of my inquiry and making fun of me!
Then, I thought what if the office closed because of the weather. I called the office I was heading to and found out they didn't have an ounce of snow and just wind/rain, so I pushed through the next 40 miles and saw there was a light at the end of the tunnel as the roads cleared up to little to no snow. But, I then see this (see picture below), there were probably 25 cars completely stopped, staggered like chaos, and idling. Thankfully, I was driving the other direction and wasn't stuck in that.
Good times and crazy weather.
It definitely had my heart rate pumping.
***This girl from Texas doesn't know how to drive in
high wind alerts and snow!!!!