|This is similar to the downtown traffic route today - OMG!|
|This is what I wished I had driven to work this morning - may not have been so concerned about the 'shape' of my bumpers by the end of the day!|
|Yep . . . that's me . . . just your regular down town trip to the bank!|
This morning as I head to work, I notice that the local authorities have decided that today is the day to clear the thick, thick, snow covered streets! When I approach the core of downtown the snow removal has commenced and each street is graced with a mountainous berm of ice and snow. Now this may sound like a pretty sight but believe me there was nothing pretty about it! I watched people walk, climb, crawl, and fall over the berms. Vehicles were parked like fallen objects amongst the street and I've never witnessed so many near misses in one day. Today I was greatly thankful for four wheel drives, a valid insurance policy, warm winter boots, and a back door pass to my office building - so I could avoid the street scene!
I spent the day at work listening to back up alarms and the constant scrap and grind of metal upon frozen ice, snow, and pavememt, at least I've told myself thats what the sounds were! I've yet to shake these visions or sounds from my head and the forecast suggest that there is more snow to fall - yikes!
|outside our local arena|
|street in front of our local arena|
|our cul de sac|
These pictures attest to the severity of the 2011 Northern Alberta Winter!
Dear Mother Nature . . . . I remind you I prefer flip flops and a boat!