Ice adventures

A storm resulting in ice can be beautiful to see from a window, but not as much if you have to get anywhere.

The early Sunday morning storm had many of us saying “it’s not worth it” if we had plans out of the house.

We were determined to venture out Sunday, but after doing a walking test on the ice and finding myself sliding all the way down my driveway into the road, I knew my car was staying in the garage.

So my 4-year-old daughter and I decided to walk on the grass a few blocks to church that morning.

The only problem is sometimes there is no grass to walk on and you have to take sidewalks and roads.

One sidewalk had us both leaning, but we were able to maintain our balance holding hands as we walked. Looking at her smiling, I think she was enjoying the slippery walk much more than worrisome daddy was.

On the way home, she did take a spill but it was one of those slow falls – not like a Charlie Brown fall after he misses the football kick.

I kept telling her to take “short, choppy steps” then would think to myself “does a 4-year-old even know what that means?”

All the way there and back and I had in my mind to not fall as I didn’t want her to tumble down with me, or worse, fall on her.

Well, we made it back home with a sense of accomplishment for being out on the ice without any injuries. We also cancelled any other plans that involved going any distance in that weather the rest of Sunday.

Later in the day, I did walk around again and took some icy photos for the paper. I was again able to do so without falling, but there were a few close calls. It’s kind of easy when you only take photos of your own block.

We all thought maybe the conditions would have been much better Monday morning, but we thought wrong.

I saw multiple cars sliding on the roads – luckily not into anything – on my way to work Monday. We also heard several accident reports on the police scanner at work.

As one co-worker put it – it’s almost harder driving on ice because you can’t see it coming like snow. Hopefully, everyone stayed relatively safe and my vote goes to that being the last ice storm we have for a long time.

My “short, choppy steps” walk is not the coolest looking thing and I don’t want to bring that out again.

Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don’t necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or