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Cedar City UT to Grand Junction CO

Snow Snow Snow!

Day 2, March 9th
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Today, I woke to a winter wonderland of snow. Its 6am, and I stumble out the Motel 6 doors thankfully with my key in hand, to retrieve my shampoo from The Explorer and my first flip flop step crunches in 3 inches of Snow. It was so beautiful and quiet, I was first filled with joy and then dread as I thought of the long drive ahead of me.
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Across the street of my motel

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The view from my room window~

This Gas station was straight out of The Dukes of Hazard. Too bad Bo and Luke duke didnt pump my gas! They looked at me as if I was crazy when I went in to prepay before I pumped! Then I used the Restroom...I found this sign below. Ha!

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To lock the door pull the Drawer!

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Ha! You gotta love this

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Needless to say the snow continued all morning and into the early afternoon. I packed up quickly and hit the road by 8:30am to be greeted with a snow covered highway. Yes its white knuckle time! We drove 25-40 mph for over 4 hours up the I-15. The Big rigs zipped past many of us as we took it slow. All we could see was the dark lines the tires made in the snow from the car in front of us and I could only see 3 cars ahead of me till the snow/blizzard white’d everything else out! This was a crazy first lesson in driving in the snow and towing a trailer ta boot!

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So I followed this big rig for quite a while till he was going too fast for me! It really helped to stay in his tire tracks

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here is a big rig screaming past me as I hold my breath that he doesnt hit ice and crash into me! This was quite an introduction to driving in snow~

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I survived and as I finally got to the 70 east, The snow let up and it began to rain. Phew! That stretch was much easier with almost no cars. Later I find out that a huge Bolder the size of a bus fell on the hwy causing major havoc ahead of me, was closed down and will take 3 months to repair the road which now has a huge crater in it! I took this as a clear sign not to go that route on Friday to bolder and instead will head north on a 200mile detour.

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So Arriving at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts around 5pm I was graciously greeted by Camille Silverman, Curator of the center who gave me a tour of their wonderful facility. We unloaded the sculpting stands and I took a much needed nap before we headed out to the Coffee House Meet and Greet at Traders. I had a great time as we talked about sculpture, armatures, materials and sculpting method etc. It looks like a great group of sculptors, full of enthusiasm and ready to Sculpt!

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Posted by Karen Cope 19:45

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Dear Karen,
Those sculptors look just like us -- and boy are they lucky to have you there. Stay warm and dry and, above all, stand back and look at your work.
Denise

by DEnise Osso

Wow! Snow, ice and rain. I knew prayer was in order. Love the drawer lock.

by Donna Cope

Getting up early to trudge through the snow and then driving in it...that takes a cool head and a firm sense of purpose. Glad you made it to your destination and are having fun!

by Marlene L. Hargreaves

Following your blog is so great Karen and a little nerve racking too, seeing what faced you the morning you wake up... that rest room lock is hilarious, I bet the person who figured that out was pleased w/themselves! And you made it to the first port on time in spite of a 200 mile detour! They all look v. enthusiastic - get your sleep! E

by Ellen South

Girl you weren't made for the snow, you're from So. Cal!.. It's so great to see Sculpt Across America up and running! You are an inspirational artist!

by Amy Runyen

Hi Karen! So good to see you are having a real adventure. Love the photos. Here is a good snow hint (albeit a little late). When we lived in Arrowhead, I would take the car down to the school parking lot and practice skidding around in the first snow of the season. You learn what to expect and how to handle problems. It always proved handy sooner or later. No more white knuckles! Go girl. Drew and I send our love.

by Dylan

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