We packed our bags, ready to leave the rainy cool weather in Portland, Oregon. We planned to head south for warmer temperatures and sunny days. Our son casually mentioned that we needed tire chains if we drove the main highway (I-5) over the mountain pass at the Oregon-California state line. What? We’ve lived in very snowy places and have never used tire chains before.
Yes, we discovered it’s true, so we headed to a Les Schwab Tire Center to pick up the $89 “quick fit” chains. We understood that it was highly unlikely that we’d have to use them, in which case the chains could be returned to Schwab and our money refunded. The salesperson took us over to a big photo display showing step-by-step how to put the chains on just in case. He even demonstrated how to do it.
With confidence and tire chains in hand, we took off and drove our first day through cold, pouring rain to a little motel in Grant’s Pass.
The next morning we awoke to a winter wonderland. Snow! Big flakes were drifting down and added to the pile of snow already blanketing our car.
We were (only kind of) prepared for the snow. True, we had the tire chains but had to make due with waterproof socks under our Keen sandals.
We’ll have a long way to drive to get to those sunny, warm days.