Monday evenings Little has gymnastics on the mainland. Getting there and back is pretty easy, quick 20 minute ferry crossing and a 15 minute drive to the club. Little and I have turned Monday nights into a date night. We grab dinner in town and spend our time in the car talking about anything and everything. Little let me know if he ever has 1 million dollars he will be buying a gold toilet because that’s what all the people with 1 million dollars do, they buy gold toilets.
This past Monday evening started as usual but by the time we left the club at 7:30pm high winds and blowing snow made the 15 minute drive back to the ferry dock difficult. So difficult that it took me 40 minutes to get there, passing several cars that were stuck in the ditches along the way. At one point I was driving 10km/hr and an asshat thought it would be a good idea to pass me on the right when I slowed down for an accident. I muttered something very unpleasant and flipped him off while wearing mittens (not very effective) only to be chastised by my 6-year-old. I later saw that same asshat in the ditch. Heh, looks good on you. Idiot!
When we finally made it to the ferry dock, in time for the 8:30 boat, there was no ferry waiting for us. After chatting with some of the other Island folks waiting and making a few calls we found out the ferry had been docked on the Island side due to the high winds and lack of visibility. The expected delay was going to be 3-4 hours.
3 – 4 HOURS
It was now 9:15 pm. I made a quick call to the Mister to let him know about the delay and tell him we would be bunking down in a hotel for the night. I made my way towards the Hampton Inn in Napanee and stopped into the Metro to grab some snacks, toothpaste and toothbrushes for Little and myself. Little found this all very exciting and kept telling the Metro staff that we were stranded because our ferry had been docked and couldn’t get home so we were having a Mainland Sleep-Over. Little is usually quiet around people he doesn’t know and requires some prompting most days but Monday night he was talking to anyone and everyone that would listen.
We made it to the hotel around 10 pm and I wasn’t the only one checking into the hotel for the night due to the storm. The only rooms available had two queen beds and because of our circumstances the lovely woman checking us in gave me a discount on the room. Even with the discount I ended up paying $125+ tax. Ouch! But we were off the roads, safe and warm.
To say Little was very excited about our Sleep-Over Date on the mainland in a warm and comfy hotel would be an understatement. He wanted to watch the TV and bounce on the very bouncy beds. I called Mister to let him know we were safe and warm, Little had to tell him we had TWO beds and EIGHT pillows!
We snuggled in the bouncy bed with the EIGHT pillows and watched a little TV. At 11 pm Little was past being tired, I was exhausted so we turned off the TV and the lights. I slept very little and I had to be up for 5:30 am to catch the 6:30 boat back to the Island to take our dog into the vet for 9 am.
I have been working on a post, hoping to have it up yesterday, but to say I was tired would be an understatement so I will save it for another day. I had to go back and forth between the Island and the Mainland no less than 3 times and while the blowing snow and low visibility were no longer an issue we had windchill warnings of -45C throughout the region meaning that exposed skin would freeze in less than 5 minutes. I singlehandedly kept the Tim Horton’s on Collin’s Bay Drive in business. I just hope they didn’t think I was there to rob them when I showed up in the Drive-Thru looking like this …
How was your Tuesday? Keeping warm?
Have you been stranded due to weather before? Tell me about it.