Photo taken at the group's hotel
A group of senior citizens from Todd County and surrounding areas will soon be home after a trip that gave them an experience they'll never forget for reasons they could have never imagined when they left Elkton.
The trip was organized by the Todd County PACS Senior Citizens Center, but also included residents from Christian, Trigg, Logan and other area counties. They were headed for the Badlands in South Dakota, but Shirley Meredith of Lewisburg says that all changed when they encountered a blizzard in Grand Rapids, South Dakota.
The snowstorm hit hard, and it came quickly.
As if being snowed in at their hotel wasn't enough, the high winds and heavy snow soon took its toll on the electrical grid in South Dakota and the lights went out.
Ms. Meredith says she's seen snowstorms in western Kentucky before, but not like what she saw in South Dakota.
Without cell phones or a television to keep themselves entertained, Ms. Meredith says they had fun the way people used to have fun—they played games, talked and even conducted their own church service at the hotel Sunday.
Ms. Meredith says she gave the group the best compliment she knew how to give—that if she had to be stranded for three days in snowy South Dakota without electricity, she wouldn't have wanted to be stranded with anyone else.