On the road

Not everyone heeded the advice from government officials to stay off the roads.

Mike Muse of Catonsville packed up his Ford F-350 extended-cab pickup truck with his three children and three of their friends and drove into Roland Park to the fabled "suicide hill," which drops precipitously from the Baltimore Country Club toward Falls Road.

"Do you know of a better hill? Neither do I," Muse said.

Nearby, Sam Stevenson of North Baltimore was slogging through the snow on a four-mile jog.

"I figured I'd better get out before it snowed another foot," he said.

Neither wind nor cold nor blinding snow could keep Baltimoreans from their appointed rounds of drinks. Bars along O'Donnell Square were crowded yesterday afternoon with patrons hunkered down to stay.

With icicles encrusting his beard, Marc Kantrowitz, 39, stumbled into Claddagh's Irish Pub in Canton yesterday afternoon after having made the mile-and-a-half walk from Federal Hill in about an hour and 10 minutes.

"I didn't think anything of it until I got to Fells Point," he said. "That's when I thought, `This is insane,' but then I was at the point of no return."

He said he made it only by listening to Bob Marley as he walked and thinking of a beach in Jamaica.

"Getting back is what worries me," he said. "I'll just have a few beers and go home. I won't go crazy."

At Bay Ridge Wine and Spirits, a warehouse-size liquor store near Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, three customers were waiting at the door when the owner, Chuck Ferrar, opened up at 9 a.m. yesterday. And that was just the start of an unusually busy Sunday morning that saw customers walking out with trunk-loads of beer, wine and liquor.

"It's not the half-pint drink," he says. "These people are buying and loading up. I think they feel like they're going to be in for a day or two."

In the Freeland area of northern Baltimore County, the SUVs refueling at Prettyboy Market were joined by Alan Ballek, who pulled up to pump No. 4 -- on his snowmobile. The 34-year-old mechanic does a lot of his snowmobiling while vacationing in upstate New York or in Quebec, but yesterday, he and his friends planned to ride the fields near home.

Annapolis resident Dimitri Fotos arrived at the Hard Bean Coffee and Booksellers on the City Dock on a wooden sled pulled by his four Siberian huskies -- Shadow, Bandit, Natasha and Sheena.

He quickly attracted a crowd of passers-by, who shot photos of him with the dogs. Shop owner Gary Amoth came out with coffee for Fotos and cranberry scones for the Huskies.

Judy Carbary stepped out her door and went cross-country skiing in her Columbia neighborhood with her husband, Jim. The 16-year triathlete likes to stay active.

"It was great, fresh snow," she said. "If you have tracks you can glide really well." The pair skied across five miles of streets.

But where there was joy, there was also pain.

Sharon Espitzo-Mayer, 36, fought a losing battle with the snow, shoveling her driveway while inside, her husband rested with a cast on his left foot.