Lake Wallenpaupack Snow Survival Tips!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Real Estate RS301772

Monday night, another mom called to ask me if I had heard that the pending field trip to Harrisburg for SnowTuesday was cancelled...because of snow.

"SNOW?" I bellowed.  Softening a bit, I recalled an October day 5 years ago, when we received a dusting of snow.  My kids were ecstatic and got the sleds out - but after only two runs down the slope the snow was gone.  I came back to the present.

"I doubt they'll cancel it," I said.  "How much snow could we get?"

6:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 28. I peeked out the window - whoa - what's this?  The ground is covered.  I had a sick feeling in my stomach; my son was going to be devastated that yet another field trip will be canceled due to weather.

I turned on the TV and watched in surprise as the school closings scrolled by.  I snorted when I saw "Wallenpaupack Area School District - CLOSED TODAY."

Marveling at how quick the schools are to close these days, I was ready to wander down memory lane - remember walking 3 miles uphill both ways in blizzards to get to school? - when my reverie was interrupted by a snapping sound - and the TV went off.  Then it came back on - but then it went off again, for good.  Along with the lights. Hmmmm.

We were not prepared.  The kids had no snow boots yet - I thought I had till at least Halloween before I had to think about snow stuff.  We had no bottled water, but we did have flashlights, a kerosene heater, and some oil lamps.

By late morning, I bravely ventured out to Wal*Mart with the kids.  Soon, the hubby called to say the power was restored, but I bought some bottled water anyway...along with boots and snow pants.  We got some popcorn and movies from Blockbuster.

After a supper of hot tomato soup, we decided not to watch a movie - the power flickered again.  I lit the oil lamp, and we got out the Sorry! game.  We finished out the evening munching on chips and saying "Sooooorrrry!" without really meaning it.

WINTER IN THE POCONOS - Be Prepared in Case of A Power Outage!

Kerosene Lamps Are Handy When The Power Fails
  • I LOVE my gas range/oven.  I can light the burners with a match.
  • Have a kerosene heater or some other heating device not dependent upon electricity.  Some pellet, coal, and wood burning stoves may rely on blowers to radiate heat - which means they rely on electricity.
  • Have a supply of bottled water on hand.
  • When a winter storm is predicted, fill your tub with water for flushing toilets.
  • Oil lamps, flashlights, and batteries are a no-brainer.
  • Oh yeah, buy your kids their snow-pants and boots before Halloween.

Last November, I created a slide show after an overnight snowstorm transformed our area from autumn to winter with a lovely, soft, white blanket of snow.  I thought I'd share it again - enjoy!


This was another Wild Card Wednesday post.

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Karen E. Rice is a real estate agent working in Pike & Wayne County of Northeastern PA in the Pocono Mountains. Lake Wallenpaupack is one of Pennsylvania's most popular destinations for vacations, retirement, and purchasing a home.

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Comments (7)

Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Karen - We haven't been hit here just yet but the murmurs are growing louder.  I have my trusty shovel awaiting on the front porch.  I suppose I better stalk up on salt here soon as well.

Oct 30, 2008 04:13 AM
Scott Geary
Infinity Home Mortgage Company Inc - Allentown, PA
Your Pennsylvania Mortgage Source

Unbelievable amount of snow so early in the year. Does this mean we are in for a rough winter? Thanks for the tips! I have to work on that gas range thing. Did your sons field trip get rescheduled?


Oct 30, 2008 04:14 AM
Karen Rice
Keller Williams Real Estate - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales

Yep, have that shovel and Quik Melt handy!!!  Scott - yes, the trip is rescheduled - FOR SPRING!  LOL

Oct 30, 2008 04:20 AM
Chad Baird
Re/Max Spirit - Dayton, OH

I love snow!  I thought about you when I saw your area had a storm.  I saw a few flakes in my area, but only flakes.  I saw folks in the west had a snow storm last week.  I say to them, LUCKY DOGS!!!!! 

So feel free to send all your snow to Dayton Ohio.  You can send referals this was as well, but thats another story.  I am waiting for it! 

Oct 30, 2008 05:26 AM
Kristin Moran
Owner - RE/MAX Access - - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397

What is that white stuff in the picture covering the tree?  ;).  That stuff doesn't make it down here. 

Well told reenactment Karen.  KM

Oct 30, 2008 06:30 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I HEARD you had snow and was soooo jealous...sounds like a wonderfully cozy day.  Yeah, yeah, I know it's easier saying that from the warm confines of a sunny room, but I'll trade ya, really, I will!  Here's hoping for a snowy winter!

Oct 30, 2008 09:40 PM
Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Hi Karen, Funny but I grew up in Illinois. And I remember we used to walk to school in the snow, in lots of snow, uphill in a blizzard, with no jackets (just like you said). Seriously, though I do remember many cold cold days of walking through thick thick snow to get to school. Funny how times have changed.

Nov 01, 2008 02:12 AM