Red, white, but no blue… Yesterday morning during the many hours of snowfall, I took a drive down into the Green River Valley between Kent and Renton to photograph this beautiful old red barn for you. Unfortunately, Russell Road is a one way road northbound, narrow, barely one vehicle wide in most places, and not heavily traveled… at all. I crept down Orillia Road with a few fools in their 4x4s speeding by, and some creeping semis as it snowed to beat the band.
I passed Russell Road where it joins South 212th Street. The snow covered road hardly looked disturbed and about 9″ deep. Thinking… ‘Well, I do have chains if my AWD doesn’t get me through,’ (not really comforted by that fact though, I hate putting on chains).
Turning off South 212th Street I navigated south, then west arriving at where Russell Road cuts off. Pausing for a moment I thought, ‘Hmmm, should I?’ Of course wanting the photo, I turned north along the Green River. Just after turning off, my thought was ‘This is the rubicon!’ (point of no return.) The snow was deep, deeper yet anywhere I might have even thought about turning around. I had a terrible sinking feeling, thinking ‘You can’t turn around and go back, it’s a one way road!’ ‘What was I thinking…! Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea after all!’
So I crept on, after a quarter mile or so, I’m now thinking, ‘Well, this isn’t too bad, I’m doing okay. AWD is working on my Honda Element.’ ‘Oh, no no… not too slow! Yes, yes, that’s it, keep the speed up just a bit.’ I’m still a little white knuckled at that thought of getting stuck.
‘It’s okay, it’s okay… I’ll just get down to the barn, get a couple shots and get out of here!’ I’m concentrating on the narrow snowy road in front of me.
About that quick I find myself back out on South 212th Street, and I didn’t see the barn!! ‘What??? Oh, horse feathers!’
Still wanting that photo..a lot, I’m thinking ‘Okay, I made it through there once, I’ll just have to drive it again and actually remember to look for the barn!’ So I made another loop down 66th Avenue South to 228th Street and turned north again along the Green River. THIS time looking for, and finding the barn. I stopped, hopped out, got a couple shots and got out of there! Just for you all and to share on Tricia’s Barn Charm for this week.
Sharing with ‘Barn Charm 68,’ at Bluff Area Daily.
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