Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hunkered Down, Ready for Irma

This was the view for most of our 15 hour trip home from Florida Thursday.
Normally it takes 9 hours.  

It seemed like everybody in Florida was in a car on the Interstate.  Fortunately there was plenty of gas for all.

 We passed vans full of dogs and cats in wire cages being evacuated from animal shelters in southern Florida.  

In the rest areas there were people walking dogs everywhere.  I've never seen so many dogs outdoors in one place.  You couldn't have paid me to walk through the grass!

The restrooms at the rest areas were unbelievable.  All the sinks were labeled , "Out of Order", and the toilets and floors were filthy.  We brought our own food and ate in the car as we would have to walk through said grass to reach a picnic table.  
And like I said, there was no way I was walking through that grass!
It was hard to leave my mom.  She is still in the rehab center which is a hurricane-proof facility so she will be safe. 
We have stocked up on hurricane food (anything that cooks in five minutes or less) and a few treats, flashlights, camp stove fuel, gas for the grill.  We will not get the full brunt of Irma, a tropical storm here instead of a hurricane, and we are grateful for that.  We will probably be without electricity as we seem to live near a very touchy substation that goes out at the least provocation.  
We checked out the ocean to see how things are there. 
 Very windy, big surf, flying sand and foam.

Y'all take care.
We'll be back when Irma is gone!


  1. Stay safe. What a saga. I imagine your mom's place has generators too.

  2. You take care. You sound like you're well prepared.

  3. Hope your winds are not too bad, I am glad to hear your Mom is safe in a hurricane proof building. Take Care!

  4. Will be thinking of you over the next 48 hours. Let's hope that people have heeded the advice and there are no casualties.

  5. Stay safe. Thaw great that your Mom is in a hurricane proof facility. We're as prepared as we can be.

  6. Glad to know you are safely home and prepared for whatever weather somes yourr way. I was glad to read that your mom will be safe where she is. Wishing you the best.

  7. You are professionally ORGANISED for the worst which I think and hope will have petered
    out by the time it gets to SC.
    Don't blame you with the non-walking on the very fertilised park lawns.
    Nothing worse than removing DOG business off shoes - ha ha.

    The Florida clogged roads have featured regularly on Australian news updates,
    so we have seen all that..........good that you and Paul hightailed out of Florida
    early. The roads are a nightmare now!

    Cheers and good luck if Irma does arrive......I'll watch the news here for the routing
    of Irma.

  8. Hope it's better for all involved than expected.

  9. What an awful trip to have to make. I'm glad you are home. Keep safe. hope your mum will be okay.

  10. You have been in my thoughts, hope all is well with you.

  11. Those are hard times with all the weather conditions in the world going on. Glad you made it to home safely and your mother is in a safe house.

  12. Oh my, stay safe! We get CNN news in Bangkok as one of our main English news channels along with BBC world, both are covering Irma in detail. Some of those reporters deserve a big bonus! Will be thinking of you all and looking forward to talking to you again once Irma's gone.
    Wren x

  13. Stay safe! And hope you mom is safe, too. :)

  14. You are sounding more and more like a one of us southern girls. :) I'm late reading this. Glad your mom is in a safe place. I can imagine how those rest stops must have looked with so many people rushing in and out.

  15. Glad you made it to home safely and your mother is in a safe house.