What I From Learned Driving in the Snow

Caroline Armstrong

Being raised in Seattle, Washington I did not get many opportunities to drive in the snow growing up. When it did snow, usually only 1-2 inches, everything shut down and people just simply stayed home – no need to drive! With the current snow storm hitting the Seattle area, I though I would share the valuable lesson I learned in 2015.

After high school I decided to go to college in Montana, and as most people know it snows quite a bit in Montana. My first year of college, I decided to drive back to Seattle for Thanksgiving with a few of my friends. It had just begun snowing the day before and I had a 4-wheel drive car so I figured everything should be OK.

I began my drive down I-90 West with a car full of gals, the snow was light and everything was going fine… well, for about 50 miles at least.

Coming around a slight curve at about 60 MPH (the Montana speed limit is 80 MPH) I felt my back tires starting to slide and just like that I had lost all control. My car spun around 3 or 4 times before slamming into a ditch and screeching to a stop. Shock. That’s all I felt. Silence. No one had said a word the whole time we were spinning and crashing. Immediately we all got out of the car to make sure everyone was OK and to examine the damage.

The airbags had deployed, I had a broken front axle, completely messed up front and back bumpers, two popped tires and two bent rims. But most importantly, no one was hurt. Luckily, my friends are much better at handling bad situations than I am because that is when it all set it. I could have killed myself and all my friends. Why? Because I was inexperienced. I didn’t know to slow down. I didn’t know to be on the lookout for black ice – what ended by causing the accident. I just didn’t know.

Driving when there is snow and ice on the road is unlike any other driving condition. Yes, you might have 4-wheel drive but that does not mean you have 4-wheel stop. The ice has a mind of its own and once you begin to slide it can be very hard to stop.

This winter, I beg of you to go slow in the snow. If you are an experienced snow driver, slow down. If you have never driven in the snow before, slow down. Even if the roads seem fine, slow down. It could save your life.

12 Northwestern Bars and Pubs to Visit

Looking for a new bar in your area with more character than the rest? Here are a few bars in the Northwest that bring great experiences with even greater beverages to liven the night.  Take a look and see if your favorite bar(s) made the list!  Please share if you enjoy!

  1. Zola – Spokane, WA
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    For those who love live music, this is a bar for the books. With quality live bands and artists every night of the week, the ambiance is one that livens the soul.  The décor provides a fun and rustic experience that includes old tilt-a-whirls for seating.  Not to mention great beverages; I recommend the Huckleberry Lemonade cocktail and the Sex Panther cocktail.
    http://www.zolainspokane.com/
  2. Borracho– Spokane, WA
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    This Mexican bar and grill offers great food with a great experience. Borracho is fun and affordable while it offers a variety of authentic Mexican food items.  If you come in on Tuesdays you can order street tacos for $1 each and complement it with a $3 Mexican beer.  There’s even been numerous sightings of Spokane native Chris Pratt here.
    http://www.borrachospokane.com/
  3. The Rhino – Missoula, MT
    The Rhino
    The Rhino offers over 50 beers on tap for the beer lovers in addition to mixed drinks if you’re feeling like something a little stronger. With free shuffle board, pool, and great service, it’s obvious why The Rhino is a hot spot to meet in downtown Missoula.
    https://www.facebook.com/TheRhinoBar
  4. Triple Nickle Pub – Portland, OR
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    If you’re looking for a bar where the company is great and the drinks are strong, Triple Nickle Pub is the bar for you.  Triple Nickle Pub gives you great service and entertainment in one with their live music, large variety of beer, and games to play.  “The drinks are cheap and strong, and you can be easily entertained between the darts, pinball, pool, and of course giant Jenga.” -A Yelp Reviewer
    http://www.triplenickelpub.com/
  5. White Owl – Portland, OR
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    The White Owl Social Pub offers affordable food and drinks with an amazing daily happy hour special from 3-7. “Great relaxed vibe. Perfect for outdoor summertime seating on the huge deck outside. Dog friendly. Fire pit. Stiff drinks and delicious menu. I love the vegan Mac and cheese salad with vegan Caesar dressing and quinoa burger.” -A Yelp Reviewer
    http://www.whiteowlsocialclub.com/
  6. The Lucky Labrador Brew Pub – Portland, OR
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    A dog is truly a man’s best friend and The Lucky Labrador Brew Pub of Portland knows this.  This pub allows you to bring your furry best friend with you as you have a brewski.  With great tasting beers and events to share with your dog such as Dogtoberfest, this is a must see for all dog lovers.
    http://luckylab.com/ 
  1. Sunrise Saloon – Missoula, MT
    Sunrise
    If you like live country music and an open dance floor, this is the bar for you. The Sunrise Saloon brings out the country side in you and provides for a fun night of drinks and line dancing.  In addition, the Sunrise offers a variety of specials including a Monday through Friday happy hour and ladies’ night every Wednesday.
    http://sunrisesaloonandcasino.com/
  2. Spacebar Arcade – Boise, ID
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    http://www.spacebararcade.com/
    Drinking while playing arcade games? Who doesn’t want to do that?!? The Spacebar Arcade is a bar and an arcade for adults to let out their inner-youth.  In addition, the Spacebar Arcade host a variety of music events.  If you find yourself in Boise, this is a MUST visit.
  3. The Diller Room(previously The Diller Hotel) – Seattle, WA
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    This hidden gem is a historic site in downtown Seattle.  The Diller Room offers both food and drink with excellent service and a unique history.  The bar has been operating since 1890 and according to their site, The Diller Room served as a speakeasy during the alcohol prohibition.   Experience the history and give The Diller Room a visit while in Seattle!
    http://dillerroom.com/about.html 
  4. Altstadt German Restaurant- Seattle, WA
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    If you’re looking for an authentic German food and drink experience, this is the place for you. With excellent customer service to complement the open and inviting atmosphere, Altstadt gives you the energetic, fun, and true German experience your looking for.
    http://www.altstadtseattle.com/dinner/
  5. Sip n’ Dip – Great Falls, MT
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    Mermaids! Need I say more? This bar features live mermaids that customers can watch as they enjoy their drinks and food.  Who doesn’t love mermaids and booze?  This just complements the great drink and service the Sip n’ Dip offers.  Their Tiki drinks are of high recommendation!
    http://ohairemotorinn.com/sip-n-dip/
  6. Sluggers – Seattle, WA
    SluggersBaseball, bros, and beer – the three best words known to man.  At Sluggers, you get all three of these with home-run service and you’re walking distance to both Safeco and CenturyLink fields.  As you walk into the bar, there are jerseys and sports memorabilia all over the walls, just as a sports bar should be. A great place to be to feel the energy of Seattle’s sports pre-game through and post-game!
    http://sluggersseattle.com/

    By: Christy Gliko