Like everyone in Washington DC this week, Congressman Earl Blumenauer is snowed in. Only he's not allowed himself to be snowed in. He went to work and got home... on cross-country skis:
He blogged about the experience for The Hill:
A city that was designed for travel by foot and horses loses some of its charm with modern traffic congestion. A deep snowfall is the perfect antidote, as it adds beauty, muffles sounds and discourages automobiles. The broad streets and sidewalks reveal their grandeur when covered with snow instead of cars.
After working haphazardly at my desk, it became clear that the snow and wind were not going to subside anytime soon and it was time to have the Mall experience. ...
From the beginning of the Mall, I could barely see the Capitol Building. My grand designs of doing the loop up to the Lincoln Memorial and back were quickly scaled back to simply exploring Museum Row on the way to the Washington Monument. ...
Back at my desk, it’s actually hard to pay attention to the materials before me. I keep glancing back over my shoulder at the barely visible Capitol dome, the flag at half-mast for the late Congressman John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), at all of the wind and snow swirling past the window.
No matter how many times I run on the Mall, look at the Capitol, experience a sunrise in Washington, it’s impossible not to be inspired, both by the majesty and by what it represents. As we are starting a new year, back from the brink of the serious financial and economic problems we faced 15 months ago, there are still plenty of challenges and much work ahead of us, all in a very difficult environment. I am thankful for a couple of days of quiet tranquility to help center my thoughts and feelings on the task ahead, having the beauty of our nation’s capital as testimony to how one’s environment can be uplifting and inspirational. At this point, I’m welcoming all the inspiration I can get.