Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hurrican Irene Evacuation

I am catching up on blogging and it's a strange thing to be catching up on posts from last week, because so much has happened since then.  Our friends, Barb and John, stayed the weekend with us and immediately after they left we had our eye on Hurricane Irene that was heading our way.

Monday we thought we would stay and ride it out.  By Tuesday it was looking like we might need to rethink that plan.  By Wednesday we had decided to leave.  We packed up and went to tell people goodbye, and were handed our evacuation notice as we were saying goodbye. 

To say this was sad and hard on us is putting it mildly.  We love this place.  We love the people here.  It just felt wrong to be heading far away when disaster was about to hit here.  Still we headed out at night, hoping to beat the traffic some.

We landed in Williamsburg, VA very late at night.  Tried to find a spot in the Outdoor World, decided it was too dark to properly park and ended up in a Wal-Mart parking lot.  We woke up the next morning with only a few hours of sleep and our hearts still very heavy.  The next day we headed over to the Shendandoah Valley, while I was on the phone trying to find a place to live for the next week.  We landed in Greenville, and geared up for our highlight of the trip, which was seeing Austin!