Saturday, February 5, 2011
Stuck in a Blizzard
27 years ago yesterday I got stuck in a sudden blizzard in N Dakota for 14 hours. It went down to -35F and winds up to 80mph. 22 died in the storm (other reports claim only 16) but I survived by burning candles inside a sleeping bag tent. I was rescued by a couple of National Guardsmen early the next morning. They drove their 4-wheel-drive pickup truck up and over the compacted drifts. We also picked up a shivering cocker spaniel that had been left in a vehicle. If I had driven only about a mile further, I would have made it to a heated rest stop. We arrived to find numerous snow-plastered vehicles parked helter-skelter throughout the parking lot, looking like a scene from the 1983 movie "The Day After"!