From Sun to Ice and Fog

 

After a relaxing week doing fun things near Olympia, Washington, with my sister-in-law, I drove home yesterday. It has been as cold as -9 C. in Oly, and I was looking forward to the more temperate climate of Vancouver Island. The joke was on me though. Oly warmed up to +6 and Vancouver Island dropped below freezing and had a dump of snow.

My drive home along I-5 was on dry road surfaces and with partly sunny skies. A perfect day for the drive. The ferry ride to the island was calm too, and I felt very lucky to have had such a good day of travelling.

Almost home, with maybe an hour to go, the roads became wet, with ice at the edges. I usually ignore the frequent signs on the many bridges that say, “Bridge Ices,” but yesterday they scared me a bit, especially when I was in the passing lane next to an oversize load. I imagined myself sliding under the track of the skidder that was loaded on the flatbed truck, and sticking well out into my slippery lane.

The highway was blanketed by fog so thick I could barely make out the car in front of me. It’s a good thing I knew my way home because the “pea soup” was thick all the way to my house and down my driveway. I groped my way into my house and was welcomed by the captain and two lovely dogs, Ruby and Emma, who covered me with nuzzles and kisses. I think they were glad to see me. The captain was too, of course. To his credit, he had the house clean(ish) and the dishes done.

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Almost home, the hills just south of the Comox Valley. This is the morning after I came home. The fog is all down in the valley now, and no longer on the highway.

23 thoughts on “From Sun to Ice and Fog

  1. Gorgeous photo Anneli. Ivy pouting as she misses her Auntie. Emma and Ruby must be in Momma Heaven now. Why do we spoil our mutts???

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    • It was a much better border crossing too. Ont eh way south, a few days after Christmas I had to wait for an hour and a half to get through the border. On the way back home ten days later, I breezed through with only three cars in front of me. It is good to be home even though I had a great holiday.

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  2. Sounds like a scary drive. Suppose the offset was a great vacation and a good drive and crossing….kinda like life. Taking the good with the not so good. Glad you made it home safely to a “cleanish” house. That is why I always clean up before I go so it will be clean when I get back….no captain or dogs to greet me 😕

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  3. How far did you have to drive once you got to the island? I hope it wasn’t too far. My husband and I drove through all kinds of weather when we used to live in Florida and went home to see family in Chicago. It used to scare the #$@ out of me. So, I can imagine your nerves.

    That photo is really cool. I almost couldn’t make out what I was seeing at first, but then it came into focus.

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    • The ferry goes to Nanaimo which is about in the middle of the populated part of the island, but on its east coast. From there to Comox it’s about an hour and 45 minutes’ drive north. Sometimes it takes longer, depending how fast you drive I guess. I allow two hours because the ferry terminal is about 15 minutes south of Nanaimo. The ferry ride always adds a lot of time to the trip because you rarely drive right onto the ferry and leave. There’s waiting time in the parking lot, and loading and unloading time. It makes the day quite a bit longer.

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