Skip to comments.Great Blizzard of 2010 at Walter Reed, Week 251, February 5, 2010
Posted on 02/06/2010 3:53:35 PM PST by kburi
Week 251, February 5, 2010 - Ignoring weather warnings to stay off the roads at all costs, the DC chapter recorded its 251st consecutive Friday night at Walter Reed.
FRONT GATE NOTES
The following report is from Trooprallys notes and the great photos were taken on site by Mrs Trooprally.
As you look at the photos, remember this was only the beginning of the great 2010 blizzard.
We arrived about 6:40, shoveled and salted a small clear area where we were going to stand and we were on our posts before 7. Even the salted areas eventually got covered so we had to keep crunching the snow into the salt to keep parts bare. My biggest problem was the snow that collected on my clothing kept falling off in clumps.
While the traffic was down by 50%, our supporters were still driving by. We had one car of young people shouting out their windows, several hand shakes from soldiers hoofing it or riding shotgun, and lots of waves and honks.
Several times one could look each way on Georgia Avenue and not see a car for blocks. Of course with the heavy snow fall, for blocks, was as far as one could see. As those who have stood with us know, it is hard to talk to someone across the intersection. Not tonight.
Most humorous part of the night was mostly at [Mrs] Ts expense. She stood on the main MOAB corner. With the wet snow it quickly gathered on the tree branches - above her. So when a wind gust came by, her corner, and Mrs T, were engulfed in a white out.
Around 8:30 I joined [Mrs] T on her corner (my corner was getting lonely) and also became part of the white outs. There was no bus tonight.
Lurker Bill and I had 4 wheel drive, so our trip home was uneventful. We had our own little convoy going home. With temps hovering around 32, it was a wet snow.
If temps were colder like the Dec.18/19, Week 244 snow fall, then the depth and driving would have been a lot worst.
Gotta go. Power is flickering, fire needs stroking, snow needs to be shoveled (its a heavy wet snow so it will be slow going), and I need to send this to Kburi for the AAR.
Hope everyone is safe this weekend. Those in the DC area, 30% chance of more snow expected Tuesday/Wednesday. Long range NOAA forecast for next Friday calls for sunny, upper 30s weather.
We hope to see more FReepers out at Walter Reed.
WRAMC Anti - War Protester News
Moonbats started with 4. Unlike us, they live real close by. Around 8PM, the police had the moonbats move their car since it was parked on an Emergency Route. Three of the 4 stayed. Their car pulled up at 9PM Union Time and picked up the 3 that remained.
HONOR ROLL for February 5, 2010
Mr and Mrs Trooprally, Lurker Bill, and a lot of passing supporters.
Come join us every Friday night between the hours of 6:30pm to approx 9:30pm.
Come join us every Friday night between the hours of 6:30pm to approx 9:30pm.
Directions to our Walter Reed freep location from the Takoma metro station
BufordP's Walter Reed FReep archive
Tom the Redhunter's blog
PleaDeal's (GunnNutt) blog at Semper Gratus
February 5, 2010 Photos, (courtesy of Mrs Trooprally)
Driving to Walter Reed, Blizzard is Beginning
Looking across Georgia Ave
Trooprally Standing Tall
Keeping the Faith
Lurker Bill (Moonbat Cars down the block made to move by police enforcing emergency conditions)
Leaving Walter Reed
Trooprally Really Likes Snow!
In my corner of Michigan, I doubt we’ve gotten 12 inches total snow all winter. There’s only about an inch on the ground now.
Ping part 1
Ping part 2
wow! you crazy (but wonderful) people were actually there. I am amazed & proud!
thanks for the thread & pix & Ping.. great stuff. You guys rock - big time!!!!
miss you all! love these posts
I checked the stats yesterday. 18.9” of snow for the season at Detroit Metro. It’s pretty pitiful.
Thanks for posting.
I had my red Marine cap on under my hood but with about 1/2” of snow on the brim, it is had to see. My cigars also kept going out.
It was a wet snow unlike the December snow so we had to wear rain gear to stay dry.
God will bless you hardy souls. This Texan is shivering just looking at those photos. Hope to join you again one Friday in April.
burrrrr!!! Thank you and God Bless.
God Bless you all for keeping the faith and for being there.
Thank you for your dedication. I am humbled everytime I ready these posts. I am glad I had the opportunity to be with you in September 2009; looking forward to joining all of you in September of 2010!
My parents are in Hillsdale county and it is like that most of the years. It seems like very lower middle part of Michigan get the least amount of snow of all of Michigan. One year though it wasn’t like that, I don’t know if your old enough to remember the great blizzard in 79 or 80, (not quiet sure about the year) but it was a real whooper for that part of the Michigan, Only time I saw one snow plow pushing another through the snow on a emergency run in the evening and the next morning you couldn’t see where the road was because of the two feet of standing snow in the middle of the road.
You are welcome to both of you and thank you from the Walter Reed patriots. September ‘09 was very special. Seeing everyone there in person and the out pouring of Thanks is what helps to keep us going.
Of course the troops that shake our hands and also thanking us is also gratifying.
Semper Fi back at you and you are welcome. I think the Vietnam Vets are right up there with our WWII Vets as the Greatest Generation.
I admire your fortitude—nothing stops the Walter Reed crowd!
God bless you all!
This Texas southern magnolia stands up and salutes!
God bless you and our troops who sacrifice for this great nation! I have always been proud to be an American!
Wonderful! And thanks for keeping us posted. I love it when the snow piles up tail deep to a buffalo. I recall a snow in the DC area one year which was over 24 inches. My mother measured 31 inches out on Blake Lane in Fairfax.
18 inches last night.
Best of luck and stay safe.
You guys are AWESOME!
Believe it or not, being in South TX, I miss the snow. There’s nothing like home with a pot of soup boiling, beautiful music playing and a roaring fire.
Now as for standing on a street corner in that mess.... ;-)
You guys deserve an award!
I’m glad y’all are dedicated!
I’ve been wondering what you’ve been up to - shoveling!!! Alaska seems more in the news lately, at least in the lower 48, or is that 57 per obambi.
347 inches, is that average? Stay safe on your roof.
A few more inches would have stopped us. Streets at 5PM, when we made our decision to go, were still down to bare paving. All the salt from previous snow falls helped. That’s great considering snow flakes started to lightly fall around 9AM.
I consider ourselves just holding the fort for when you all make it again.
Triple Taxman Bravo Zulus!
1st BZ: For being there in such bitter weather!
2nd BZ: For staying there in such bitter weather!
3rd BZ: For standing for all of us in such bitter weather!
I am so glad to know how your evening progressed. I know you are now safely home and that is the very best news.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Thanks for getting this out so fast! I was worrying all evening.
You are welcome.
Been shoveling for two days now, off ‘n on of course. Both vehicles are down to the paint and most of driveway is done. Can’t go any where since snow plows haven’t been down our streets. Not looking forward to shoveling out the snow plow barricades that end up at the end of the street. the whole hill end up in front of our driveway. the operators try to keep most of the snow away from the driveway but they can’t do it all.
You deserve this. Please share with Mrs. T & Bill.
I most sincere Thank You.
Lurker Bill is a true lurker so I’ll have to let him know by email.
It sure is pretty though.
Check this picture out!!!!!
Oooooo that is so beautiful. Brrrrr.
Wow ! Looks like a New England winter down there. God Bless you all for getting out there in the snow at WR !
Thanks for your continued support. Is the poster called Landryfan still coming around?
New England DC style, yipper. At least down here the big snow falls keep the socialists out of congress.
I was thinking of you all while shoveling Olney’s 26 inches. And more coming tonight. We don’t have enough of these snow falls to buy a snow blower.
If we get the full monty (another 18”+) then we might not get out in time to make Walter Reed. I figure any amount around 15” or less and we’ll be there. Forecasters are predicting at least 15”.
As always, I am proud to be associated with such fine Americans. You all make me proud to know you. Stay warm. God bless each and every one of you.
Thanks and looking forward to seeing you again. Stay well.
PS - time to change your tagline??
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