Daily Walk: Chicago Neighborhoods during a Blizzaster
Despite the 20.6 inch snowfall, the dogs still needed walking. Some areas were still too deep to navigate.
In some areas the snow drifted enough to create walkways.
E worked hard to clear our sidewalk.
By the afternoon, most neighbors had cleared their walks creating a cavernous wall for us to walk through.
This is not our car.
Or our bike.
We are lucky enough to have an indoor garage spot. So many Chicagoans depend on street parking and had to spend the day shoveling out their cars.It was great seeing the community spirit as neighbors helped shovel out snowed in cars and clear alleys.
This is a picture of "Dibs". When you walk down any Chicago street during the winter you'll see random chairs, broken furniture and boxes that are "legally reserving" their parking spot. See, our Mayor has the stance that if you go to the hard work of shoveling out the spot it's "yours". I agree in this situation, but it also makes things more difficult. When I go back to school, I won't be able to park anywhere because people will be saving their empty spots through "Dibs". Some people even try to save their spots through Spring when there really isn't snow anymore.
Miss M liked bounding through snowdrifts.
And finding downed tree limbs to chew on.
After walking the dogs, shoveling the sidewalks, and trying to shovel our way out of the alley, we spent the afternoon watching the action out the window.
Today we have subzero temperatures, so the people that didn't shovel out are having a really tough time. Chicago did a really good job of cleaning the main roads, and today they're finishing up the side roads and alleys. Luckily, they canceled school for a second day. Even if they have school tomorrow, I'm not sure if I would be able to drive out of our alley and find parking, due to "Dibs", near my school. I'm trying to prep myself for the adventure of taking 2 trains, a bus, and walking 1/2 mile (uphill both ways, of course) just to get to school. But today we're enjoying the sunny view from our windows.