Philip and I drove into Kowalski Mountain at the height of Winter Storm Shirley, a dangerous ice storm that paralyzed much of the country. Philip likes to drive at night, which is difficult for me to stay awake after working a full day. However, after a short nap, I made a point to stay awake the closer we got to Kentucky. I declared myself the self-appointed weather girl to monitored the local conditions as we traveled. Travel was smooth through Georgia and Tennessee, with no weather delays or problems. So far it seemed like a winter wonderland.
The Treacherous Journey Begins
In Bowling Green, Kentucky we exited the interstate for the last leg of our journey, it was there we took the first slide on the ice. From there on out, the journey was slow, at times just 10 mph. Though Philip was tired from travel, he carefully navigated the ice roads.
I’m not quite sure how long the “last hour” of travel took. In normal conditions, the roads sometimes feel like a roller-coaster as we navigate up and down the hills and turns of Kentucky. This journey was slow and careful, ensuring we arrive safely for this very important expedition. We made our final trek as an engaged couple and would return to Florida as Mr. and Mrs. Philip Kowalski. We planned an intimate Valentine’s Day wedding ceremony at the building site of our future home on Kowalski Mountain.
Ice Coated the Landscape Creating a Winter Wonderland
We finally arrived at the gate to find the lock and chain completely iced over. I tried chipping away at the ice, but still couldn’t get the lock to release. We used a rather unconventional method to get the gate unlocked… lets just say, there was fire involved….
After we settled into the RV, I was eager to get out and enjoy the crisp, cold air and a walk through the property. We try not to disturb the woods unnecessarily during hunting season, so this was my first opportunity to check on the waterfall garden in many months. I was trying hard to capture the images of the ice covered winter wonderland, though I admit, the camera doesn’t capture the beauty.
Join Me as I Explore Our Winter Wonderland
Come along with me on my walk and explore the ice covered, winter wonderland of Kowalski Mountain. This is my first edited YouTube video, I have a lot to learn still, but I’m happy with the results. Enjoy!
About the Author: Barbra-Sue Kowalski grew up on a small hobby farm. She was always drawn to farm life, however, she was stuck in an urban life far from her roots. Barbra-Sue was a single mom for 13 years, raising her 3 children on her own. She met Philip in 2018 and they married in 2021. Between the two of them, they have 5 grown children and 4 grandchildren. These empty nesters are following their dreams! As they both turn 50, they are building their off-grid homestead to live the life that they dream about. Learn more about Philip and Barbra-Sue here. Contact them here. To leave a comment on this post, please scroll down.