Friday, February 26, 2010
Yesterday afternoon was insane. The boys went to school for the day so I left to pick them up at 5:00pm. It had started to snow at ~3:00 and it was white out blizzard conditions. It took me 3 runs to get out of the driveway and the snow plows hadn't been out yet, which is very unusual up here. We live on a school bus route and only 1 mile from the main snow plow facility for the entire canyon. As I got closer to school which is 2 miles away there was stand still traffic on the main canyon road and fire trucks blocking off the main access. I was diverted down the worst road to drive on in snow, Skyline Road, which I love to run but avoid driving when there's snow. It has hairpin switchbacks at 20+% grades. I slid/ inched down to pick up the boys. I knew there wasn't a chance I could make it back home on Skyline. On my way down I saw a 4X4 barely able to make it up! After picking up the boys I got in line with the rest of the traffic trying to head up the main road. We then got diverted up another road that would mean I had to go back country to get home... more 20% grades and hairpins but a much longer route. I ended up pulling up to the road block and talking the highway patrol officer in to letting me drive down the main road which would get me home in about 1 mile. He saw my boys in the car and radioed down to the other officers and told them I was coming through. As I drove down the closed highway I passed a foot away from a SICK roll over accident. An SUV had lost control on a curve, slammed in to the rock cliff on the side of the road and then flipped. There was a door laying in the middle of the road and the fire crew had cut the damn thing almost in half with the jaws of life. One of the worst car accidents I've ever seen. If I had been alone I wouldn't have stressed so much, but I had Liv and Ben and the roads were treacherous. This morning I feel completely drained and sick. I left my house at 5:00 and got the boys in the door at 6:30 (1:30 to drive a total of ~4 miles). I think I was sweating cortisol the entire time. Day off today.