Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Snowmageddon in St. Louis -- Sloppy

We pick up the story the following morning. By the time we had to check out of the Hampton in Chesterfield, the snow was turning into rain. That makes all the difference, because now we were simply dealing with wet roads. We were able to make our way to the Saint Louis University campus, then head back west to the Delmar Loop area of St. Louis, a district of shops and restaurants that reminds me of Grand Avenue in St. Paul, although with one difference; there are no Chuck Berry statues in St. Paul:

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Meanwhile, I'm still thinkin'
Had the temperature dropped, as generally happens in the Twin Cities following a big snowstorm, things would have been much worse. We were generally able to get around, especially since many of the good citizens of St. Louis were still hunkered down. We headed back to SLU and got the rest of Fearless Maria's things unpacked, then headed to our hotel, near Union Station. It's a great location and the building itself dates back to the early 1900s.

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Old school
They don't build 'em like that any more. It was a much better day.

3 comments:

Gino said...

SoCal has been my address for my entire life. I saw the weather reports for the midwest...
so, i dont understand, why... you chose to chance that bullshit... instead of leaving a day early, before all that bullshit was due to strike.

explain for me, the ignoramous that i am, how this scenario in your life came to be. why didnt you leave a day early? plan ahead? make a reservation? pack a measure of food?

Mr. D said...

explain for me, the ignoramous that i am, how this scenario in your life came to be. why didnt you leave a day early? plan ahead? make a reservation? pack a measure of food?

Fair question.

• We booked things about 3-4 weeks in advance. We typically do that. We had reservations for the hotel. Planning ahead isn't the issue on a trip like this; it's adapting to changing conditions.
• As for leaving a day early, I have a fair amount of flexibility in my work schedule, but that's not true for everyone. Two other people had to work on the day before we left.
• The weather turned out to be far more dire that we'd thought -- prediction was about 5 inches of snow. Instead it was a foot.
• If we had delayed our trip, we'd have faced worse weather for much of the trip, as the storm spread north. As it was, we had no snow issues until we got past Hannibal, MO, about 90 miles northwest of St. Louis. Once we got into the snow, it got bad in a hurry.

Hope this helps.

J. Peterson said...

You're lucky as it snowed until Saturday night at six here in the metro on the other side of the state. It rained and then it snowed. But once it did they cleaned off the roads quickly. But Missouri has always been awful with handling snow. Crossing the state line in from Kansas is night and day. The joke I often hear to the Show Me Staters is if their state will ever get more than one plow