Canadian friends of Lake Placid real estate professional Jean Deuth endured a harrowing trip from Kenora, Ontario, Canada, to Florida recently, becoming a part of the “Ice-lanta” drama on the way south and almost being trapped in a second Atlanta freeze on their trip home.
Lux Boucha, Ashley-Ann Keuter, Jamie Boucha, Jordan Keuter, Cynthia Keuter and Carl Hensrud never imagined how challenging the trip would be when they set off for Lake Placid where little Lux Boucha would celebrate his first birthday with great-great-grandmother Eunice Jenrell who was observing a birthday of her own — her 95th.
The trip started well enough and all was going well, until an ice storm hit Atlanta. Everyone was trying to get home at the same time. City streets, interstate highways and even rural country roads were gridlocked as Mother Nature toyed with commuters.
By most accounts, it was mostly southerners who struggled with snow and ice. Those from further north — including our recent survivors/visitors – had experience with winter driving on their side. But soon vehicles of all types were left stranded on the interstate, making passage impossible.
The best thing our six Canadian friends had going for them was that they had just gassed up their cars, and had their travel supplies of water and snacks. Being trapped on an icy highway with no chance of moving would be bad enough, but with a 1-year-old and 10-year-old in the car, it was also frightening, not knowing how long they would be stranded, and if the gas supply would last.
The travelers were only 40 miles from the warmth and safety of their planned Atlanta stop, but could not move.
Finally traffic did start to move again. The roads gradually became more and more clear of snow and ice until finally the adventure was behind them and a few days of hospitality on the shore of Lake Francis was in order. Their timing brought them to town for the annual Arts & Crafts Country Fair, too, so they got a little extra bonus.
Just as the Canadians were preparing for the drive back home, news came that another ice storm was forecast for Atlanta. The party bravely set out and offered periodic updates for the Deuths. One of the first reported sighting of seven salt/sand trucks heading toward Atlanta. Another came after she was advised to “Get going and don’t stop.”
The group’s last travel report was that they had arrived home safely, without the endurance test that accompanied the first leg of the trip.