Have you ever wondered what you
would do or what you would pack if you had only ONE Hour to evacuate your
Today we had to answer that
It was an eye-opening
This evening as I am typing to you,
I am watching thick, dark smoke billowing from less than a half mile away ….
morning Doc was getting ready to leave for school he said, “The sky is getting
really orange out there.
Do you think
that could be a fire?”
I looked out and
replied, “Yes, I’d say perhaps a 99% chance of that!”
We watched the TV coverage of the Etiwanda
as it grew … Doc said, “If we had to evacuate with the dogs, where
would we go?”
Within 60 seconds our
It was some dear friends of
ours, the Zells, who live 3-4 miles away offering for us to bring the dogs and
take shelter at their house.
Doc was not sure if he should go to
school and teach today or not.
encouraged him to go saying that fire was several miles away. But just in case
I did need to evacuate, what would be important to him?
We quickly walked through each room noting
We had some good laughs when
both of us said we would pack Solar Car team Posters, the Australian boomerang
award, and other solar car stuff!
Doc left for school just before
At noon, a Sheriff drove down the
street with a bullhorn saying there was a Mandatory Evacuation!
I began packing and loading my pickup truck, Pippy.
Dogs, documents, computer, overnight bags,
and the precious solar car posters and awards!
Within one hour I was ready to
Just before leaving, I stood in
the Grand Room and asked the Angels to watch over the Penny Palace.
Very much as I did back on December 1, 2011, Day #1077
of Penny Tales
After dropping off the load of
things at the Zells, I returned to the neighborhood to see if anyone else needed
Most of the neighbors said
they were staying until forced to leave.
The mandatory evacuation was lifted
at 5:30 p.m., so I retrieved the dogs and some of our gear (such as this
desktop computer). On the way to fetch the dogs, I told the Angels they needed
to quickly provide today’s coin. (It is
now Day #319 of this consecutive streak). There were no cars at the drive
through for one of the fast food diners, so I parked Pippy and ran through
there. Got my penny for today! Thanks Angels. The car wash was closed due to the fire, so I
couldn’t resist just a quick look around there.
Found 20 Pennies, two Nickels, and two dimes. (At least I think that’s what they are. They are dirt-coated and need to be washed to
verify that). Wow! That was quite a find.
If you had ONE HOUR to pack up the precious things in your home, what
would YOU take? It sure makes you think
This email was ready to send out to
you when the house phone rang.
our neighbors at our Crestline Cabin (50 miles from here) asking if we were
prepared to evacuate?
I said I was just
getting home and all is well.
I’m talking about your cabin!”
That is the Matterhorn Fire
! I called my other
She said they were ready
to leave at a moment’s notice.
houses on the block had already burned down, there were injuries, there area 7
engines on the street and dozens of firefighters working the area.
She asked if I needed her to use the house
key and get anything of value out of there.
LOL - Earlier today Doc said if we
needed to evacuate, we could always go stay at the cabin!
What are the odds that BOTH our houses would
need to be evacuated due to fires on the same day?! Life is full of surprises.