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Dashing Through the Snow

Today was the last day of the fall semester, and two weeks of Christmas break at home with my family lay before me. We had an early release and the blessing of the superintendent to leave early, so I was packed up and out on the road by 2:30. Which means daylight. The first I’ve seen in weeks. When I leave for home at the normal hour of four in the afternoon on Fridays, the sun has long since set and I drive the three hours in the darkness of night.

Today, having left early and in daylight, with so much time to get home, I was wondering why I was driving so fast and pushing so hard. Sure, I was eager to see my family, but honestly I was just having so much fun. As the road twisted and wound, as the lightness boosted serotonin levels, and as thoughts of family and the holiday played in my mind, I drove on in pure joy, throwing the truck into each corner, blasting through each straight.

I’ve written before about the last few miles of road before Circle, but then there’s another section a little further along. It’s still twisty and windy, but the road opens up a little and I can see just enough around each bend to go steadily faster. This is the one of the best sections on the road. It’s a driver’s dream.

And after a while, just beyond the bridge where the spruce trees part, there are a couple of curves in particular that allow for a view for several miles across a tundra plain with dwarf spruce to a line of low mountains in the distance. Today the purple mountains are outlined in the fiery pink of the setting sun.

Typically, the closer I get to Eagle Summit, the more anxious I become. The blowing snow, the fear of drifts, fogged windows, or pure darkness cloud my vision. But today it is absolutely still, the road is clear. It’s still the blue hour after the sun has set, and I can see across the wide expansive bowl of valley between the rolling peaks. The mountains astound me as a drive through them. I am in awe and wonder. It’s beautiful. It’s winter in the land and Christmas in my soul. I’m headed home.

Posted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 11:23PM by Registered CommenterBrian Rozell in | Comments2 Comments

Reader Comments (2)

Merry Christmas Rozell family.
December 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwatson
ok, your page looked different a couple of hours ago, now it is back to the old look. Just trying something new?? I liked the other layout too. (or maybe I am crazy and it just pulled up differently for me!)
December 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMel

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