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Finding Nemo, a photo essay of the Big Storm

February 10th, 2013 by Beth Colt

IMG_0791 IMG_0783 IMG_0737 IMG_0789 IMG_0788 IMG_0778 IMG_0790 IMG_0784 IMG_0800 IMG_0795 IMG_0782 IMG_0820 IMG_0823 IMG_0820It’s been a long couple of days, first marked by the howling winds of a blizzard (the fifth worst nor’Easter on record in these parts) then the relentless clean up from the storm they named Nemo.  The first half of the storm was all wet snow which became leaden and icy, and was topped with a lighter snow that blew and drifted all over the place in the 60 MPH winds, making the shoveling out particularly challenging.

Miraculously, we found ourselves with power as the storm started to lessen on Saturday morning, and as reports came in on Facebook and other places that more than 3/4 of Cape Cod was not in the lucky position we were in, I decided to offer all the rooms at the Woods Hole Inn for free to any local person without power.  I posted that on Facebook and Twitter, and the phones lit up almost immediately.

I offered our rooms on a first come, first served basis and they filled up very quickly –waitresses, women with small children, a young scientist and his pregnant wife, an older couple plus daughters and twin grand-daughters.  People who had been in the cold and the dark well on 12 hours, and who were so sweet and grateful for the warm bed and a nice hot cup of coffee.

In between checking all those people in, then cleaning every room in the house after they left (phew!), I managed to sneak out and get some wonderful pictures of Woods Hole in this rare deep snow.  First are the ones taken while the wind was still raging, then later in the weekend when the sun came out.  The Blizzard of ’13 was a lot of extra work, but it sure was fun!

8 Responses to “Finding Nemo, a photo essay of the Big Storm” Comments are currently closed.

  1. Oh, Beth what a good person you are! That was a beautiful thing to do. I hope you all are warmer now. It’s colder here than I ever remember Santa Monica being. Weird. Hope I see you sometime soon. Love to your family.

    Nancy

  2. Mark and Jen says:

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to see you, guys.

  3. Jonathan says:

    Beth- I just want to say how proud I am share the same village with you.

  4. Marian says:

    Wow, what a sweet story. You are so generous and caring. I love your photos- now that I’m back in MN, I miss WH so much. The photos ease some of that longing. Thank you!

  5. Jan Pogue says:

    This was a remarkable act of generosity and thoughtfulness, Beth. Brave to you.

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