And Snow It Begins

It snowed yesterday in Charleston. Snowmageddon 2.0. It was quite the news making event. Not what I would consider significant, but a few people posted photos of some pretty good snowfalls in other parts of SC. In Charleston, it was light flurries that just melted once they hit the ground. Not a whole lot at the house, but by the time I got to the airport in the afternoon, it was becoming a pretty good snow. Still light by my standards though.

Flight out of Charleston was a little delayed because of de-icing (who knew CHS had a deicing unit!) but the pilot was able to make up most of the time so we only got to Houston (IAH) a little bit late. No snow there. The 4 hour flight from IAH to YEG was mostly uneventful. Got into a good chunk of the 12th book in the Wheel of Time series. Flying is always a good opportunity for me to catch up on my reading.

Arrived in Edmonton to more snow, which I was mostly expecting. Heavier flurries than what was coming down in Charleston. A good deal more accumulation too, which was nice. As I recall from the last time I was here in winter, there was no snow on the ground. Will have to get lots of pictures to show people in Charleston what a real snow is like.

Ended up getting a little bit lost coming in from the airport. Wound up on Anthony Henday Drive instead of Gateway (what I used to know as Calgary Trail) so I took a bit of a detour around the east side of the city. I know my way around this city on a bike (used to anyway) but in a car, that's a totally different story.

Didn't have any problems finding the house Sandi rented. It's only a block away from Kildare Elementary. With last night's snow, I'll have to wander over there tomorrow and play the intrepid explorer like I used to when I was a kid. That should be fun.

The house my sister rented for the week is pretty nice. She said the people that live here rent it out as a vacation home to others, and stay in a condo they own in Clareview. A pretty neat idea. It's a pretty comfy place.

At $10/MB for data roaming, my phone is going to be off line for pretty much the entire vacation. Definitely won't be doing much with the phone. I suppose I could have unlocked it and found one of those pay-as-you-go SIM cards, but I figured for a week it was more trouble than it was worth. I figure I should be able to find some accessible wifi around during my travels. If not, oh well.