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Do you like snowstorms? Have you ever been in a snowstorm?

If you have lived in Michigan for more than 6 months, the answer to that question is a big “yes.” Liking snowstorms or not, we get them for a few months a year, including April. This April, we were hit with 6 inches in the beginning of the month. In fact, the snow made it’s way down to Atlanta.

Thinking that we were going to be “free” of snow, my husband and I took a “working” road trip to Atlanta. We had 10 days of freedom from parenting and anticipated a warm, wondrous adventure along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The trip started off with sunshine and 70 degree weather. It ended with spending our last 5 days “back at the ranch” and blizzard like conditions along the Cumberland Gap in Kentucky.

In the first two days we visited Natural Bridge State Park, Broke Leg Falls, and Cloudland Canyon; hiking over 15 miles of steep, treacherous trails. Anyone taking a road trip to the south needs to stop at Cloudland Canyon in NW Georgia. It presents one of the most spectacular views you will see East of the Mississippi. The six mile hike down to the bottom of the gorge is well worth the sweat and exertion.

Reaching Atlanta, we spent three days “moving” my father in law, enjoying 70 to 80 degree weather. The “working” part of the trip was attending the Women For Hire convention on Saturday. Tory Johnson brings her “roadshow” on working from home to communities across the country. Hundreds of men and women waited in line for tips and strategies on working from home or starting your own business.

Saturday afternoon we went to the Tigers vs. Braves Spring training game. While at the game, I met with an old friend from elementary school. Ahh the wonders of Facebook and email. Ok, that’s another blog. Waking up Tuesday to snow in Atlanta and the forecast of cold weather for the next few days sent us packing! We decided that snow was snow and we could be home, where 6 inches had just hit the Metro Detroit Area.

I’m grateful my husband was driving. When we reached Kentucky,the snow started. By the time we hit the Cumberland Gap, it was ablizzard. Jeff is usually a very relaxed driver. Not this time! He drove with white fists, clinching the steering wheel for over an hour as we drove through some of the heaviest, thickest snow we had ever been in. In Michigan, that’s not so bad. In the Kentucky mountains, with nothing between you and a 1000’ drop, but a side rail (on my side) it’s pretty intense. Even the truckers were driving slow or pulling off. (Not Jeff, he was on a mission to get home.)

We made it home in time to see mounds of snow still piled in parking lots all around town. Next time we travel, we will wait until May...although, in Michigan, snow has been known to fall in May!

Stay warm as “April showers bring may flowers“, I hope.


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