October 7th Open Thread: What would you want to be stuck in?
Part of living in the upper midwest is preparing for and coping with unexpected weather events as were experienced this past week in Western South Dakota. Winter storm Atlas hit and dumped as much as 48 inches of snow in places like Deadwood, SD in just a couple of days time. In early October.
I have family in the Spearfish area who got a "mere 36+ inches", which forced them to trudged down the road to a neighbor's house when the power (therefore heat) went out. Their neighbor thankfully has a wood burning system that heats their home much of the year, and they were willing to take my relatives in for a few days until the plows could make it out to them and the power could get restored. The photo above is their driveway yesterday afternoon.
Many motorists were stranded in this storm, which got me to thinking - if I was going to be stuck in a snow drift for a day or two, what vehicle would I want to be stuck in? I'm taking the big rigs off the table, as a semi with full tanks of gas, a sleeper and satellite TV just doesn't seem to be much of a challenge. Motorhomes too. In fact campers and trailers and all things of that sort are out. Just normal cars/trucks/vans etc.
Would I go with something spacious where I could stretch out and be comfortable? The trade off would be large spaces are hard to keep warm. Would I want a smaller hybrid? The ability to keep the car running for a bit of heat and radio from time to time for a longer than average period is very attractive. Cloth or leather interior? How about having a moon/sun roof in case I get fully drifted in while sleeping?
What else is worth considering? What would you want to be stuck in? What do you carry in your car for emergency times like this? Any real life experiences?