Seattle Snowmageddon ‘08

I am officially trapped in Seattle.

After hitting a record low temperature, Seattle got dumped on with a crazy amount of snow for the past 3 days.  Normally, I would welcome a huge snowfall like this, but the weather has been nothing but a curse for my holiday travel plans.

I scheduled an 7:40am Amtrak train ride back home on Sunday, but that was canceled due to snow.  I didn’t find out until 5am that the train was canceled, and the next day’s trains were already booked solid.  I then managed to snag a reservation for the last seat for Tuesday morning’s train.

As Monday progressed, the travel situation got worse.  Monday’s trains and buses were all canceled, as well as many flights out of Seatac due to problems with their de-icing trucks.  I got a call from my sister’s boyfriend who had his flight canceled out of Seattle and he ended up crashing with me last night.

We both have reservations for tomorrow’s train, and the day after just in case Tuesday’s train is also canceled.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can make it home in time for Christmas day.

The only highlight out of all this mess was last night’s sledding down Queen Anne Hill.  Here are some images and videos I took with my new Samsung NV24HD point-and-shoot digital camera, which takes 720p videos.


Don't be a wuss!Street fires in Queen Anne

You can watch the video embedded below, or click-through each one to go to YouTube to watch them in HD (no idea why YouTube doesn’t allow embedding of HD video yet).

Contemplating whether sledding down is a good idea:

It’s a great idea

Watch a guy ride a scooter down the hill beside a sledder:

Jason fails at sledding down the hill: