Most people will agree that having shoes is desireable, this is specially true in cold weather.
We were blessed with a visit from one of our sons and grandsons right after Chistmas. As it happened, we had work to do in Silverton. Our son had been there on a previous visit and thought it would be cool to show it to his son.
After a hearty breakfast at "Oscars" we departed for a beautiful drive. Some of the most spectacular vistas imaginable are on that stretch of Hwy 550'. Perfect for entertaining a nine year old! Entertains older folk too!
When we arrived at the property we were to inspect, it was surrounded by snow drifts. I took one look at the lack of possible paths and elected to stay in the car.
Ralph went about his inspection and son and grandson began to frolic in the snow. Snow was a basic unknown to our grandson. He is very athletic and began to run around outside the house.
In just a few minutes, he returned to the car. He said that while he was running his left shoe got sucked off his foot. He said he was running too fast to stop right away. When he tried to retrace his steps, he could not remember where he had lost it.
He took off his very wet sock and attempted to warm up. Being barefoot did not help that process.
His ever practical Father looked through the things in the truck of the car and found a cardboard box with which to shovel. He returned to the scene of the shoe removal and began to dig in the area described.
The box did not do a very satisfactory job and soon he was digging with gloved hands. Happier we have seen him!
After about a thirty minute cardiac workout, the shoe was recovered. Grandson and shoe were reunited, but the sock remained soaking on the floor mat of the back seat.
We continued with our sight seeing and had a beautiful day. Memories were created and lessons were learned. We now know to keep a small snow shovel in the trunk of the car, and our grandson knows to stop when and if his shoes come off. A lesson learned from being shoeless in Silverton Colorado!