The National Mall in Washington, DC: Feb. 17, 2003

…be glad you’re not in Washington where Mom Nature is dumping 30 inches of snow on a city that grinds to a halt when an inch covers the ground.

The storm that dropped about a foot on us here in Southwestern Virginia blasted the National Capital Region with a major blizzard that has shut down the city and the the government.

Amy and I saw a lot of storms in Washington during our 23 years as residents of Arlington. I was fortunate enough to be out of town during many of the big ones — New Mexico in 1984, Hawaii in 1987, Manila in 1997 — but I was in town in 2003 when about two feet of snow fell and that’s when I shot the photo above of a DC resident getting around the National Mall on cross country skis.

I was also in town for a Good Friday blizzard that dumped about 22 inches on Washington in April, shutting down the government, the airports and even the subway system.

We should be thankful for small favors.

Foot traffic on Wilson Blvd. in Arlington, VA: February 17, 2003

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