On Christmas morning rain turned into afternoon freezing rain, later white out conditions dropped six inches of snow. As the wind caused the ice coated Trees to sway and the weight of the accumulating snow was more than they could bare the power went out. The destruction left us without heat and light for 48 hours… in the icy temperatures I learned illumination of the dark would be the least of our worries. Three layers of clothing under a pile of blankets and I still felt a bit of a chill in my own bed. What I really wanted was the heating system to return!
In the light of the new morning I headed out in my 3 layers of clothing to see how our city has fared in the storm. Sunlight reflected brightly off the snow and ice covered surfaces beneath a brilliant blue sky. The damage to the old Magnolia Trees that line Central Avenue in the Historic District was heartbreaking… I was out for hours take photographs in the city and National Park. Most of my time was spent trying to find passage around fallen/broken Trees and avoiding areas where downed power lines menacingly hid under the new fallen snow.
I will post a blog about the Hot Springs National Park at a later date… still editing photos now that I am back online.
Love to ALL!
PS Special thanks to my wonderful husband for being the perfect partner with which to weather a power outage.