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Spring break canceled?

My fear of anything nonrefundable  caught up with me this morning as word arrived that there is a possibility (slight I think but still a possibility) that our public school system’s spring break may be canceled or shortened so kids can make up some of the record six school days canceled due to bad weather so far (blizzard, snow storm, ice storm, blizzard…). We, like many families, have plane tickets to fly out of this snowy, icy, bitter cold place during spring break – nonrefundable, of course.  One ticket is to Spain – where my daughter is heading on a school-sponsored trip.

So here’s hoping the school district finds another way out of  this bind. (I’m rooting for holding school on several Saturdays and maybe tack on a few extra school days at the end of the school year, as is tradition with weather-related days off.) But until this is resolved, I’m thinking I shouldn’t reserve hotel rooms in Portland that are discounted but nonrefundable.


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Spencer Ia. – no go

Sorry Spencer. You’re a really nice place to visit in the summer – and maybe even the spring and fall. But I’m not going anywhere near you right now after reading that you are Iowa’s coldest spot this winter. I thought Des Moines was bad – with a low of -19  today. But poor Spencer, tucked in Iowa’s northwest corner at the entry way to Iowa Great Lakes, has hit -30 three days in the past week – including the low low of -37 last Saturday, according to today’s DM Register. (And that doesn’t include the wind chill.) How is that possible? What does that feel like? Hard to imagine.

To top it off with a lot of white stuff,  Spencer also has had a record 53.5 inches of snow to date this winter. Hope it melts by  Clay County Fair time (in Sept.)

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Another blizzard: no traveling today

During the weeks since I started this travel blog, the weather has repeatedly made it almost impossible  – if not unpleasant – for me to travel beyond my own front door.  Ironic no?

Today – another blizzard – and I for yet another day, I haven’t gone past our stoop (from where I’ve urged our dog Ernie to hurry up and do her business so we can both go back inside.) School was again closed and the kids are home, again.   The snow is so high, I’ve lost count of the total inches, or more accurately, total feet. And tomorrow the high temp is supposed to be -3 and the low temp,  a shocking -18, with the temperatures even worse in northern Iowa.  It’s a good thing environmentalists have traded in the phrase “global warming” for “climate change.”

Takemewithyou, anywhere warm and less snowy.


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