I had the opportunity to head the Chevy Cruze north Tuesday morning for a 70-mile drive up Interstate 81 to the city of Watertown.
It was a rather pleasant 20 degrees F when I pulled out of the driveway of the beloved Little Bitty my dear wife Karen and I share in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood, with maybe an inch of snow hanging around on the ground at 9 a.m. sharp.
Garmin told me that this business trek would take me 72 minutes of mostly highway driving.
Of course, my well-traveled Nuvi — OK, already, I’ve read your message for years now that I really should upload some new maps — does not take weather into consideration. And I’d be driving straight through the dreaded show belt region, where Lake Ontario sits off to the west, the Tug Hill looms, and the news reporters drive 10 miles north of the city of Syracuse to file reports of snow falling in feet instead of inches.
Not today, though. Nothing but clear roads.
So I pulled off the highway in Adams Center, some 20 miles from my destination. I wanted to get a drink. And take pictures of what it looked like here in the land where just the week prior, so much snow had fallen in one day that the Army had closed Fort Drum, its big and significant base, for civilian travel and business.
The Nice n Easy Grocery Shoppe had both the unsweetened ice tea and the snow piles I sought.
I could tell they know what to do with snow around this neck of the woods a horn’s honk and a straight shot from the Interstate.
Garmin got me to the center of the city of Watertown just two turns from I81.
I pulled into a spot that had a two-hour sign but no meter and walked a block or so to snap a few shots with my iPhone 6 because I was 25 minutes early for my 11 a.m. appointment.
Two words kept crossing me mind. Crisp and cold.
Invigorated by the stroll, I returned to my car and headed for my business destination.
Where I grabbed one last picture and thought, you’re not in Syracuse anymore, Dorothy.
Do you live in an area where a 70-minute drive can bring a big swing in temperature and snowfall? Would you walk around this new little city to grab photos on a 10-degree F day? What would you have gotten to drink at the Nice n Easy Grocery Shoppe?