For the first time in more than two weeks, both of our cars are at the bottom of our driveway.
No small achievement. Amy’s Jeep Liberty made its first foray onto public roads Monday after two weeks mired in snow, ice and drifts at the top of our driveway, which rises 500 feet from the base at Greenbriar Lane to a sharp left-hand turn at the top for the last 50 feet to the garage.
You may have seen our driveway on TV this past week. It was the downhill ski race course. Or maybe it was the luge. I’m not sure. Since Feb. 5 it’s been anything but a passable driveway.
Luckily, my Wrangler made it to the bottom of the driveway. We tried to get the Liberty out but the snow was too deep and the ice from the sleet snagged the undercarriage. That same ice prevented using our snow blower to clear the drive.
But the weekend melted just enough to break the Liberty free Monday morning and I wheeled the Liberty down the hill — sometimes straight, more often sideways — so Amy could deliver a photo to a customer in town and shop for some badly-needed groceries.
Both cars will remain at the bottom of the hill for the next few days at least because even with warmer temperatures, the drifts and ruts remain over a foot deep.
Anyway, both cars are free at last — a small victory in this winter of extremes.
- Winter weather woes (blueridgemuse.com)