Sunday, January 22, 2012
Finding my way around snow obstacles
After I wrote my blog post yesterday about icy sidewalks, someone asked me about how I found my way around snow obstacles. How I figured out what they were and got around them. Well, it is similar to other random obstacles in my path of travel. The garbage can, the bike, the car parked across the sidewalk, the sandwich board, the shopping cart, etc. I never know when I am about to come upon one of these things. If I am using a white cane, I have to touch it, figure out what it is, and think about how to get around it. With my guide dog, if there is room, she will usually take me around these things. If not, she has to stop and show them to me. Then, together we figure out our strategy. Snow is similar. It has fallen. It has been shoveled or not. It is in our path of travel. Often there are large banks at corners or at the end of driveways. Snow is tricky though. Some snow is soft enough that we can just plough through it. Some is hard and boulder like so you either have to climb over or get around it. It can make for some mountaineering adventures for sure. More winter travel adventures tomorrow.