Trekking across Hoth

Our forecast today. 29F, high wind warning, snow flurries. Feels like 15F. Balmy! (Source:

Our forecast yesterday. 29F, high wind warning, snow flurries. Feels like 15F. Balmy! (Source:

One of the wonderful things about living in our new neighborhood is that The Six-Year-Old and I get to walk to and from school every day. Any day it’s above 10 degrees outside that is. Normally, I love it. Exercise built right into my day. Nothing special I have to do to accomplish it, and The Six-Year-Old is a really fun walking buddy. Especially in winter. So many snow fights…

But yesterday, I just wasn’t feeling it. What with the wind, rain, snow melt, ice, and sludge, the sidewalks are a mess.

Imagine walking through 2 miles of this. (Photo: Shala Howell)

Imagine walking through 2 miles of this. (Photo: Shala Howell)

Mommyo, surveying the ice pond below our window: “The Six-Year-Old, I think today is a good day to drive to school.”

The Six-Year-Old, persuasively: “But Mommyo, how can I pretend I’m trekking across Hoth if I’m in the back seat of the car?”

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at, or musing about books and the writing life at
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4 Responses to Trekking across Hoth

  1. rayworth1973 says:

    I used to work in it every day! I feel your pain. Kind of hard to imagine Hoth though, strapped in the back seat though…


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