Stinky and Boo still attend school in Redmond, so I drive them up there every morning when they are at our house. This morning we awoke and found two inches of snow outside. They dressed and ate breakfast as usual while I brushed a LOT of snow off the car. (We really need to finish cleaning the garage!) Then I bundled them up and had them wear their boots, and we headed out onto the winter roads.
On a day like this back in Salem, the schools would have been closed. No question. But there wasn't even a delay for the Bend and Redmond schools. The city seems to have the roads pretty well under control. It was slow going, but we made our way north and eventually got onto Hwy 97.
Just before we reached the Tumalo Road overpass we saw our first wreck. Someone went off the road and plowed their Jeep into a tree. Whoops!
By the time we reached the Pleasant Ridge intersection, there was almost no snow. As we came over that last hill before Redmond we could see Smith Rock in the distance - beautiful and wintry white! But there was barely any snow in Redmond. There was a skiff here and there, and the major intersections had been cindered. My car stuck out like a sore thumb, with a few stubborn clumps of snow still clinging to it, compared to the bare cars parked in Redmond driveways.
Amazing, the difference in weather over a few miles. This takes me by surprise every year!