The snow began on Friday night right before midnight. My Weather Channel App predicted five to eight inches, a prediction that was quickly passed as the snow continued to fall all day. Only second service was not cancelled yesterday, and the majority of those attending were college students and kids and families here for music fest. 

After church we walked over to a friend's house for lunch, since none of us wanted to dig our cars out or attempt driving on the snow-covered roads. The slush soaked into my boots and Mikey had to carry me over most of the streets. We finally arrived to a warm welcome and a delicious lunch of casseroles, salad, and sheet cake. 

Since it was Music Fest weekend, the 220-member choir was singing at a 4:00 concert, so we soon began trudging back to CVC. 

The boys had a job shoveling snow all night, so RaeLea and I planned on a girls' night in. As we walked back to the dorm, the snow still falling, we decided we would start our evening with a snow adventure. All day we had been wanting to go sledding, so we decided to walk over the the lake dam and see if we could find any UC students who wanted to share their sleds. 

We left the dorm around 6:00 and headed out to the parking lot. All but one of the academies visiting for the weekend decided to stay the night because of the weather. All over campus students were having snow ball fights, cleaning off their cars, and digging paths in the snow. 
Sky glowing, we walked through the hushed streets of College View taking pictures and laughing and joking. Since it had rained all day friday, the trees were covered in snow to the very tiniest branch. 
We finally made it to the dam and climbed all the way up the huge hill to the top. It's hard to believe that in August we would run up the dirt path in shorts and Nikes. Now, we trudged through knee-high snow wearing several pairs of leggings, jeans, three or four pairs of socks, coats, gloves, and hats. When we got to the top, the view was worth it. We could see the clocktower glowing through the snow, and kids sledding in the bright night all around. Upon reaching the top RaeLea declared that she was ready to conquer Everest. 
After spending half an hour or so at the lake, we decided that hot coffee and a movie awaited us so we headed back down the slope and through the unplowed streets. We were still not freezing when we arrived back at campus, so we decided to check the student center for snacks. We ran into some academy kids (my cousin and his girlfriend) and as we chatted the sky lit up and the lights went out. We didn't want to go back to our dark room yet, so we walked around looking at all the trees that had fallen in the storm.
We walked over to the gas station for some snacks before heading back to the room. The dorm was pitch black and soaked boots lined the halls from what we could see with our tiny flashlight. We had been gone on our adventure nearly three hours. Our friend Savannah came by and we sat in the flashlight-lit room talking and before we knew it, after an hour and a half blackout, the power was back on. We popped in a movie and enjoyed the rest of our evening with popcorn and chips. 
2/5/2012 08:38:44 am

Wow! What a snow. Sounds like you had a great time. Your pictures are so pretty. You can keep the snow there though; we really don't want any---although we do need some moisture.


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