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After The Storm, A Picspam

I went out yesterday, after the blizzard stopped, just to take a walk and see what the third-biggest blizzard in Chicago memory looked like. I was not at all disappointed. Walls and canyons of snow, drifts as high as my shoulder. And a memorable time on Lake Shore Drive!





This is Lake Shore Drive. For reference, for the next few pictures that follow, Lake Shore Drive is one of Chicago's major expressways, connecting the North Side of the city to everything else, connecting Hyde Park to the Loop, all sorts of good things. This is what it usually looks like (a stock photo):



After the storm, they'd only managed to plow the southbound lane. And even then, most people's cars were still snowed in, so only the occasional Streets and San truck was on the Drive anyway. Mostly, you get to the park and the lake shore from Hyde Park by crossing over on the bridge. But yesterday, there were no cars, and no possibility of cars at all on half the road. So people went out to frolic on the Drive:









Some people brought out their cross-country skis and their snowshoes.



There we all were, climbing and frolicking on a long stretch of compacted snow, four feet deep, that's usually a freeway roaring with traffic at sixty miles an hour!

After a while, I went to the lake. It's a nice little strip of park, with a few trees, and a stunning view of the water. Usually looks like this:



These shots were taken from the same area:







How deep was the snow? Here are a few shots of some semi-shoveled sidewalks in the neighborhood:





And finally, after a long, satisfying walk and frolic, I arrived home, via a street that has not been touched since this photo of my building was taken:



And that is what we in Chicago call a mighty storm!

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meckinock
Feb. 4th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC)
Wow, that's something to see people walking right out into the middle of Lakeshore Drive.

I almost miss Chicago...
frenchpony
Feb. 4th, 2011 04:30 am (UTC)
It was wild, just sort of frolicking and seeing people skiing where there's usually mad traffic. Someone built a snowman out on the Drive, but I was having too much fun to take a picture of it. But we did laugh and enjoy our rare chance to be out frolicking there.

I completely managed to miss that you had moved! Ironically, it was because I was on the East Coast when you made the announcement (I went back and checked). I'd been wondering what you were up to . . .
jelazakazone
Feb. 4th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
Holy cow. You guys got hammered. I heard through my weather source that Chicago is looking for a name for the storm because DC had names for storms last year. Check out Capital Weather Gang.
frenchpony
Feb. 4th, 2011 04:32 am (UTC)
I kind of like Groundhog Day Blizzard. It's got a nice old-timey ring to it.

We did a lot of singing about storms tonight.
jelazakazone
Feb. 4th, 2011 04:34 am (UTC)
LOL. Kind of funny too:)
frenchpony
Feb. 4th, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
Well, after rhobike started us off with "Winter," we just kind of went on a roll from there.
satismagic
Feb. 4th, 2011 09:28 am (UTC)
WOW.
frenchpony
Feb. 4th, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
Yup. It just doesn't get any more WOW than that. Playing on Lake Shore Drive. Who'd have thought?
saadiira
Feb. 4th, 2011 02:51 pm (UTC)
Wow. It took a few storms to get us on the East Coast the snow walls that high, but at least the major roads got plowed and driven on without becoming pedestrian-only that way. Now if some of it would just MELT. We still had six inches anywhere it wasn't shoveled from Christmas eve last it hit about a week ago, and we're likely expecting more in the next few days.

Stay safe and warm and well!

-Dira-
frenchpony
Feb. 4th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
According to Little Sister Pony and the Pony Parents, the East Coast has been getting some impressive snow, too! I think you've gotten more total this winter than we have, though.
dot_o_choillmor
Feb. 4th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
I'm actually speechless.

Look how deep the snow is.
frenchpony
Feb. 5th, 2011 05:03 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's some deep snow. Even Chicagoans were impressed at how deep that snow was.

For a few hours. Then we got grumpy because it's hard to get places now.

I've had some interesting weather times in this city. Floods, earthquakes, and now the third biggest blizzard in the city's history!
perelleth
Feb. 5th, 2011 05:56 am (UTC)
Looks impressive!
frenchpony
Feb. 5th, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
Well, it was the third biggest blizzard in Chicago history! I'd say it has every right to be impressive.
meggins
Feb. 6th, 2011 05:08 am (UTC)
A mighty snow indeed.
frenchpony
Feb. 6th, 2011 06:06 am (UTC)
And a mighty cleanup job! The cross street in front of my building was finally plowed today, and the SUV that had been stranded in the middle of the street was removed.
meggins
Feb. 13th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
There was a photo in our paper a few days ago of a ginormous pile of snow from the plowing and such in Chicago. It didn't look like it would melt until July.
frenchpony
Feb. 13th, 2011 03:10 am (UTC)
Well, we've been having some warmer days. There's hope that we might see ground again by mid-March.
lcohen
Feb. 7th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC)
great pics!

i am not sorry to have missed getting caught in that mess on lake shore drive!
frenchpony
Feb. 7th, 2011 03:55 am (UTC)
I knew that the chance to frolic on the Drive was historic, so I made sure to take my camera! Unfortunately, the batteries died, so when I went down to school on Friday and saw a snow archway that someone had tunneled, I couldn't take a picture of that. Alas.

I'm glad you didn't have to spend the night on the Drive. That sounds like it really sucked for those poor people.
elliska
Feb. 8th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
Holy cow! That's crazy. I'm glad you posted pics. I didn't get to see the news, but I was dying to see what it looked like there.
frenchpony
Feb. 8th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
The Tribune website had some good pictures up for a few days, but I didn't find them readily accessible today. Mine may be limited to only one neighborhood, but they're more durable!
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