Snowmageddon

by julie on February 8, 2010

When I decided to move from Boston to Washington DC, one of the first things everyone said was, “Hot summers in DC… But much milder winters. You’ll enjoy that.”

When I decided to train for the Boston Marathon, one of the first things everyone said was, “Milder winters in DC… Much easier to run down there. Lucky for you.”

As a lifetime New Englander, I’ll admit, I thought I’d had my fair share of snow. Although the climate change certainly wasn’t the reason I moved south, I was excited for the warmer weather. Before leaving, I chucked my snow-boots into the dumpster behind my apartment in Boston (they were old and I didn’t think I’d get much more use of them anyway). Once in DC, I laughed and bragged to my northern friends when it hit 75 degrees in November. I pitied them for not smartening up (like me) and ditching the ice-cold misery of New England. Did I jinx myself? Perhaps.
 
As you may know, Washington DC received a record-breaking snowstorm in December, a.k.a. “Snowpocalypse.” And perhaps you heard about our second record-breaking blizzard this past week, a.k.a. “Snowmageddon.”  Now, with two feet of snow on the ground, we’re expecting a third storm tomorrow – predicted to bring another foot of friendly flakes to our winter wonderland… (The name of this third storm is T.B.D. – currently the most popular contenders are “Snoverkill” and “Snowfecta.”)
 
Snow-laden DC is beautiful, but not runner-friendly. Without cross-country skis or snow-boots, I’ve been staying indoors. I’d like to say that I’m so hardcore that I’ve been running outdoors through it all, but I’m not.  However, I did get suited up in my old running sneaks to get outdoors to take some pictures of DC post-Snowmageddon. Like running and writing, photography is something else I enjoy very much. So, I’ve decided to make this blog-posting light on words and heavy on visuals. Hope you enjoy!  
A typical street in DC:
 
A tree down on New Hampshire Ave:
 
Most businesses closed during Snowmageddon, but not Ben’s:
 
Under the snow – the Dupont Metro escalator:
 
A lamp-post on New Hampshire Ave:
 
Meridian Hill Park, peaceful after a 200-person snowball fight:
 
A Fountain of Snow in Meridian Hill Park:
 
 
For now, I’ll be indoors training on the treadmill. However, perhaps I’ll have some more photos to share after the “Snoverkill.”

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Meatloaf February 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm

I'll a little disappointed that you're Snowmageddon photos of me didn't make the blog! ha. As much as I LOVE all your posts, I have to say that this one takes the cake since I got to spend the weekend trapped inside with you. Your dedication to training inspired me this weekend. Love you! xoxo

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tflygare February 9, 2010 at 9:37 am

Great pictures. Loved the escalator picture. Remember when we walked up that escalator in 2000 when it was out of service?

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Melissa February 9, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Have you been away from Boston so long that you forgot what we call two feet of snow up here? A DUSTING!!!
Hey, why am I not listed as one of your Followers??? All my life I have been trying to be a follower. PLEASE! LET ME BE YOUR FOLLOWER!!!

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Amelia Swabb February 10, 2010 at 12:58 pm

beautiful pictures! i vote for Snoverkill

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