The Ice Storm, Part 3 — Driving Through the Countryside

 

On Friday morning, after a night of freezing rain, we woke up to a beautiful, icy landscape, but also to power outages and some serious damage to trees.

Because we were without power, we went in search of a restaurant that was open where we could eat breakfast.  Our friends Linda and UD told us that a restaurant was open near them, so we set out for the little town where they live, not too far away.

100_4501t  There were many trees bent down like this one in our own neighborhood.  Luckily, we don’t have any trees in our yard big enough to cause  this to happen.

100_4504f  It’s sad that some didn’t just bend — they broke.

100_4510r   As we got out of town, everywhere we looked, the icy landscapes were beautiful.

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100_4516r  But, much damage too.

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100_4542g  Funniest thing.  When we pulled up in front of the restaurant, there were some of our neighbors, who also happen to be Hubby’s brother and sister-in-law.  That’s one trait that runs through our whole family — we are verrrry good at sniffing out food!

After a nice hot breakfast, in a warm, well-lit restaurant we started home.

100_4546d  This isn’t a great picture, but it makes me smile.  Because this young guy, who looked 12 or 13 years old, was pretending to throw snow balls at cars as they went by.  So, when we approached, I just raised the camera and took a picture of him.  THAT stopped him dead in his tracks.  It was fun to make “cool guy” maybe wonder who had taken his picture while he was “teasing” drivers, and whether a copy might get back to his mom!

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100_4565g  We were in Amish country, but we only saw a couple buggies on the road.

100_4566f  I know the Amish are used to it, but it chills me every time I see them in these open buggies in really cold weather.

100_4559s  Then we probably found out  why we hadn’t seen many buggies on the road.  We don’t happen by an Amish school too often, but I don’t remember ever seeing horses and buggies out in front.  So, I assume, most of the time, Amish children walk to school.  But, the weather must have made many Amish parents allow their children to drive the buggy to school that day.  That’s the nice thing about buggy driving — no age requirement.  And, besides “Dobbin” may know the way!

100_4560c  LOTS of buggies angle parked along the side of the road, all with their “slow-moving vehicle” orange triangle on the back.

100_4569x  A few minutes later, we passed another Amish school, and there were many buggies there too.  They may not have telephones in their homes, but word obviously travels fast in their community.

100_4573r  We came upon a young Amish couple walking along the road.  As we passed them, we could see that he was carrying a bundle that was obviously a baby!  So, we turned around and went back  to offer them a ride.  Would you believe they turned us down?  They acted very appreciative, but said they were only going “up there.”  I assume that meant that farm up on the right.  I guess they are not only much younger than me, but also of much heartier stock — “up there” would have been far enough away for me to accept a ride if it had been offered!  In fact, the last thing the young man said to us, was that the walking was good exercise for them.  That kind of cheerful humbleness, humbles me!  The Amish, like all of us, are not perfect, but there is much to admire about them.

100_4577x  Well, of course, when you’re in “Amish country” you will see horses.  Sleek ones like these, who pull the buggies.

100_4578s  And, big, powerful ones like these who pull the farming equipment.  

We came to the intersection of two roads, and this barnyard was right at the corner.  These two huge horses appeared to just be hanging around at the fence watching the world go by.  They seemed especially interested when we stopped the car to take some pictures.  It makes me wonder if there are people in the area who occasionally stop and give them an apple.   

100_4581z  That was just the look on their faces — expectant!

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100_4582axr  I know Pioneer Woman posts pictures of horses regularly, but this is the first time since I have started my photography that I’ve had the chance to get close-up pictures of horses.  Very exciting for me!

100_4582axrs  Sorry, guy.  No matter how much you try to charm me with that sweet face, I don’t HAVE an apple!

100_4583xx  It was a little harder for this smaller guy to “turn on the charm” since he was partially hidden by the icy fence, but who could resist those eyes.  I do wish the dark brown horse hadn’t been standing right behind him because this picture makes him look a little like he has four ears and a huge brown tumor on the side of his head!  So, you’ll just have to take my word for it — he was a cutey.

100_4591c  A pretty drive home.

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100_4604f  But, frequent reminders of the damage ice can do.

100_4608  When we pulled in our drive, the little reindeer in the yard next door were still peeking out at us from among the boughs of the tree bent low by ice.

And, when we went into the house, we now had power!  Hooray!  Lights and heat — things we take for granted, until something like an ice storm reminds us how much we need and appreciate them. 

And a young Amish couple who reminded us that doing without a convenience, like a ride (or electricity), might actually be good for us!

15 Responses to The Ice Storm, Part 3 — Driving Through the Countryside

  1. Linda says:

    I have to say, I’m amazed at how many good pictures you were able to get, especially since I know the driver didn’t slow down for any of them! Good job of chronicling the Great Ice Storm Adventure of 2008.

  2. Amy O says:

    Ice Storms are beautiful, yet so destructive. As a child, we had a major one in 1976. I remember hearing the teachers say they don’t want people to drive so, as first graders, we were sure we were going to have to sleep at school. I remember it looking pretty but a huge tree limb fell on our home and caused some damage. We were sent to the “city” to be with my Grandparents who had electricity as Mom and Dad tended the fireplace in hopes the pipes would not freeze. It was 3 days b4 the had the electricity back on. Beautiful pictures.

  3. Sandra says:

    Linda — Thank you. I know YOU know how fast I have to take those shots! 🙂 I was particularly thrilled about the horses. In fact, I was so excited, I didn’t really get alot of pictures of them! And, Hubby had even pulled over and STOPPED so I could take those! That’s probably what distracted me the most. It made me think, “Am I terminally ill, and just haven’t been told yet?” 🙂

    Amy — I remember several really major ice and/or snow storms in the 70’s. We were snowed in for 3 days in ’78. Fun for about the first day, after that — cabin fever for all! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the pictures — I enjoyed taking them!

  4. Beth says:

    Great photos, and the snow on your blog is particularly appropriate!

    My rule this winter? No walks with the kids and dog unless the temp is in the 40s or higher. I would not make a good Amish woman, would I? 🙂

  5. Wow again! Sandra, your part of the world is fast making it on to my must-visit list, which must make you a very good ambassador because I had to look Indiana up on the map! (I see it’s near Illinois, and I’m planning a visit to Chicago in the next couple of years, so that’s handy!) I’ve sort-of-heard-of the Amish (is it properly pronounced ah-mish or ay-mish?) before but I had no idea they had all those horse-drawn buggies.

    And, I agree that going without what you might think of as ‘basic’ conveniences can be good experience. I lived on a boat for a few years with no electricity or running water – and one winter the canal froze over, the diesel got so cold it wouldn’t burn (to run our heating) and we ran out of gas in the middle of cooking dinner. I don’t get too bothered by a short power cut now I’m back on dry land! 🙂

  6. Sandra says:

    Beth — Glad you liked it. I wouldn’t be good at Amish either. They live a much more basic life than most people are used to now.

    Rachel — What an interesting life you’ve had! I guess after your experiences, a little thing like a power outage WOULDN’T bother you!

    It is pronounced ah-mish. And they refer to us (and I assume this is everyone OTHER THAN Amish) as the English!

  7. Thank you for being patient with my “ignorant Brit” questions 🙂 I’m painfully conscious of how little I know of the U.S., having only been there for one week’s family holiday in Washington D.C. (we saw a lot of Smithsonians and, well, that’s most of what I remember), so I do appreciate the opportunity to learn a bit more where I can!

  8. Sandra says:

    Rachel — Certainly not “ignorant” questions! I think it’s flattering any time someone takes enough of an interest to ASK questions! Thank you for reading and commenting, questions and all! 🙂

  9. Hilary says:

    Wonderful photos, Sandra. You certainly captured the day well. Such a shame about the damage. I know just how serious that can be. But the horse photos are superb. They made me want to reach out and nuzzle a muzzle. 🙂

  10. chris H says:

    It all looks so pretty, till you see the damage it can do. I don’t mind that we don’t get snow and ice here afterall!

  11. Sandra says:

    Hilary — I WAS very pleased with these photos. As Linda said, I felt like I had gotten a pretty good “chronicle” of the Ice Storm of 2008!

    When we came across the horses we were kind of taking a “tour” — off the regular route we take, but I may have to go back there again to see if “lightening really might strike twice” and I could get some more pictures of them!

    Chris — It is beautiful, yet brutal weather. Reminds us once again how powerful nature is!

  12. Debbie says:

    Winter. So beautiful and so treacherous. Great Photos! Nice blog. I’m sure I came across you from “blog surfing” LOL.

  13. Sandra says:

    Debbie — Glad you came by. Hope you “find” me again! 🙂

  14. Barb says:

    Sandy, Thx for introducing me to your blog. It brings much joy. Beautiful pictures. Our daughter and grandchildren were without power, phone, etc., from 12/18 – 12/24, but she wouldn’t leave the house. The kids did go to their cousins’ to stay warm. There is still much repair to be done….but they are all safe….and none of our family are as strong as the Amish…doing without electricity and walking! …looks like Schwartz Road to me… Once we, too, got past the damage…we enjoyed the beauty of the scenery as we drove around….
    Hope you all had a Merry Christmas, and will have a Happy New Year!

  15. Sandra says:

    Hi, Barb! I really appreciate you not only becoming a reader but a commenter too. I’m glad to hear things are returning to normal for your daughter. That had to have been tough for all of you.

    I have no idea what all roads we were on — Hubby was just driving wherever. I do know the cemetery was on Roberts Road.

    I asked Hubby and he says, you’re right — the horses were at the corner of Notestine and Schwartz Roads.

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