We’ve been home for about a month. In that time there have been three wildfires in the area. The last one was less than one half mile from our property. My husband and I had been out shopping and we could see the smoke from I-30. It was in the general vicinity of our property but we didn’t know how close until our son called and told us that the main road was blocked off. Of course, we went directly home, in case we had to evacuate. The good thing about living in an RV--we should be able to save the majority of our “stuff” including the RV. We’d have to get it away pretty fast though.
By the time we got there, the fire was out but it did put a fear in us since this fire and the last one were only one week apart and so much closer than the first fire. We decided to get everything put up in the RV to make it ready for pullout, like when we’re traveling so we’d be able to evacuate quicker.
My husband has rearranged our shed. Putting what he considers important in the bottom storage area of the RV while putting bigger items near the opening of the shed so we can load it into my truck if we do have to evacuate.
The one thing I consider fortunate—our smaller local wildfires aren’t making the news nationwide. It keeps my parents, especially my dad, from worrying. I swear he’s the worrier in the family, not Mom. He gets upset with me when I’m traveling and don’t call and check in with him every night. Of course, he doesn’t say it, instead he bugs Mom about it and she tells me. He expects to hear from any of his kids or their families who are traveling whether it’s for work or leisure.
So, imagine what he goes through when a hurricane hits South Carolina where my sister lives, or DC where her son works. Now, not only is he worried about tornadoes where we live but hurricanes for my sister and her son and now we’ve added earthquakes on the East Coast. No way am I mentioning wildfires to him.
We fled from Hurricane Ike when it hit Houston. We packed up the RV and went to San Antonio for a few days (love that city and the bagpipe player). We didn’t have to worry about losing anything. Dad didn’t have to worry either because we left with the advance warning. Okay, okay, we did go RV shopping and bought the 5th wheel we have now.
I grew up in an area where we got the occasional blizzards, thunderstorms, and floods but no earthquakes, tornadoes, or hurricanes. Sure, we’d get rain from the hurricanes but overall, the area I grew up in was calm.
You’re probably wondering why we moved. The cold and our two story house, with a full basement and attic were getting to be too much for us to handle. The warmer winter weather and smaller RV are easier for us, less pain and more fun in our lives.
So, do you live in a different area from where you grew up? Is the weather very different? Did you consider the weather when you moved?