Getting stuck in the snow

@rocketj1 (6957)
United States
January 10, 2009 5:12pm CST
I just got back in the door from a little family adventure. My husband needed a ride up to our church as he is going to a dinner with the men's group tonight. My son was also going to a friend's house to spend some time. We have a LOT of snow here. It has been snowing pretty consistently all day long and has kept us from travelling a long distance to my Grandma's birthday open house. But in town here, the roads are snow covered but passable. We were running late so I didn't even put on my boots (only a pair of flats) and I brought no gloves. When we got to the church, the parking lot was not plowed. There was a slight path where a few cars had already gone through. But if you've ever driven in snow on a bright day, you know that it can be very hard to distinguish a path when all you can see is white. Well....... I got the car stuck. Fortunately lots of other guys were already there and they tried pushing, pulling and snowblowing until at last one late arrival showed up with a 4 wheel drive truck and a tow rope! Whew! Never underestimate the trouble you can get into in your car even a few blocks away! I think I'll bring my boots with me where ever I go for the rest of the winter.
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@VE3IYB (209)
• Canada
10 Jan 09
What you mean that you guys and gals down south don't keep a go pack in your car? A go pack would be the emergency can of gas, the booster cables, a booster battery, a blanket, some non perishable food, road flares etc. In Quebec snow tires are mandated by law and probably soon our province as well. As for flats in winter... can't say that I am "that" brave!
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@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
11 Jan 09
I know.....I know.....Sometimes when things are so close to home, I just don't think about stuff like that. Living in Michigan all my life, I should know better. On the West side of the state we always had a lot more snow than we get here in the south so I guess I forgot what deep snow was like and I got a little silly........ shame on me!
• France
10 Jan 09
I was raised on a ranch, although I live in France now. I remember when I was younger feeding cattle, hauling hay in a 4x4 truck, chained up on all 4's, and still getting stuck sometimes. When you get stuck in those conditions it takes a long time and a lot of work to get out!
@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
11 Jan 09
I would say we have about a foot of snow right now. 4x4s are doing pretty good yet. The northern part of my state gets much more than we do. This is the biggest snowfall this year here.
@deebomb (15347)
• United States
11 Jan 09
I have a question. If the church is having an event why didn't they clear the snow from the parking lot before any one arrived? They should also have spread salt too. Surly someone has a snow blower? Any way it was good That there were a lot of men to try to push you out. and good that a fella with a 4 wheel drive to come along so you got pulled out. Now what about when you go back to get your husband? Hopefully you won't get stuck again and go properly dresses.
@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
11 Jan 09
Good question. The event was actually being held in the next town and the men were gathering to car pool there. I think because it has been snowing steadily, the snow plow guy is waiting till tonight to make sure it stays clear for church in the morning. We have a fairly large parking lot. We have an attendance of about 450 so it's fairly good sized. They pay a plow truck to come through before scheduled events. Because of the amount of snow today, I'm sure the plow guy is extra busy. I'm hoping they will drop my hubby off when they get back in town. Otherwise, I know where NOT to drive in that lot now.
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@deebomb (15347)
• United States
11 Jan 09
I see. I thought that the church was having the affair so should have the parking lot cleared.
@deebomb (15347)
• United States
11 Jan 09
by the way did your husband get dropped off or did you have to go get him?
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
10 Jan 09
i'm sooooooooooooo there was somone there to help you. you'd brrn up the creeek if you had been buy yourself & noone around.what if you'd had to walk home in thoses flats?? glad it turned out o.k. take your boots!!!
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@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
11 Jan 09
I think that because my whole family was in the car I just wasn't thinking about that. It was just supposed to be a quick little trip right in town. The guys at church actually loved it, don't ya know! It gave them all an excuse to show how tough they are when they got me un-stuck!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
11 Jan 09
tough guus, huh. i can imagine ho0w they acted. lol i bet women drivers were mentioned somewhere down the road. smile.
@fasttalker (2798)
• United States
11 Jan 09
Good thing you weren't too far from home and had help around. I always keep a pair of rubber boots, gloves and a hat in the trunk in the winter. But we always have bad weather too. After you walk a time or two in it it doesn't take long to prepare a little bit! LOL We're all rain right no but the later it gets the colder so snow is in the making for morning.
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@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
11 Jan 09
Snow on top of rain? That sounds like a bad combo! Wish you well!
@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
11 Jan 09
Sounds ike a great adventure.. I do love the snow but we don't get much in TN.. We have before and I remember playing in the snow when growing up, but it has been a long time since we have seen much snow at all.. I don't think that I would go out without at least a good pair of boots in the trunk.. I wear sandals all of the time, but when the weather gets bad, I make sure that I have my boots in the car, you just never know..
• United States
11 Jan 09
No thanks, I will just wait patiently for my own, I do appreciate the thought, but no thanks..
@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I am glad their were people to help you. You never know when you can end up in a mess like that. Those boots would have come in real handy!!
• United States
13 Jan 09
Good thing someone was there! I live in Ohio so I know what you're talking about for sure with all the snow. I just came in from getting some help to remove my car out of it's parking space. Long story but the plow in the parking lot basically plowed me in. Couldn't move and there was no one to help me until today. It's been sitting there for quite a few days and I was hoping the snow would melt, haha. No such luck. It was worse today because we got MORE snow, but at least I'm out and moved my car. Best to bring your boots with you next time, or at least keep an extra pair in the car in case you ever need them. Take care and let's think spring, lol!
@savak03 (6688)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Boots and gloves. I'll bet your hands and feet were cold by the time you got unstuck.
@walijo2008 (4649)
• United States
12 Jan 09
Yeah, I know how that feels to get stuck in the snow, and it seems the harder you try to get out the deeper and deeper you get. Yes, I think it would be a good idea to carry your boots with you wherever you go, you never know when you may need them...glad you got out tho..Have a good day
@cynthiann (18572)
• Jamaica
11 Jan 09
I alwys ahd the fear of being trapped ina car. surrounded by snow and not food or drink or adequate clothing. If you heard any strange sounds while this drama was going on then it was me - beginning to freakout. Thank God that you were not alone and that help came along. Take you rboots, girl, take your boots.!
• China
11 Jan 09
Hi, I think I can imagine the scene at that time according to your description. Is it the coldest weather now in one year of your place?
@Grandmaof2 (7604)
• Canada
11 Jan 09
Yep boots and gloves would be a lovely touch. I did laugh at you because this is typical of something I would do and oh did I forget to tell you I very seldom wear socks.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
11 Jan 09
I don't live in a snow-belt area anymore and I usually miss it until I read accounts like yours. Then I remember why I wanted to move south to begin with. I got stuck enough times that during the winter I always kept a 50 pound bag of cat litter, gloves, an old blanket and rubber overboots in the trunk. Many times I remember using my floor mats under the tires for traction too, at least until one got stuck in the tirespin and went shooting off to who-knows-where one night...and it was my favorite Garfield one too....lol. Here's to an early spring for you!