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Published: September 30th 2013
Lest any of you sitting in your nice warm homes or out in the 78-degree sunshine are worrying about us, we are OK. We were in Oak Harbor Friday night listening to the wind buffet our RV. Restless, we got up at 4:30 AM and tried to figure out how best to escape the big storm that was approaching. We left at 7:30 and drove 300 miles down I-5 in wind and rain. The rain wasn’t heavy, thankfully, but the wind made driving harder. Now we are here in Willamette Valley, Oregon and it’s still raining. Lindsay just opened our RV door to snap a picture and the door nearly got away from him.
An hour ago the power went out in the RV camp. But the good news is, thanks to all our redundant systems, is that our refrigerator switched to gas and our lights run on battery. We even have a 12-volt TV in our bedroom, which we’ll watch later to see the extent of the rain damage. This system is a remnant of a Pacific typhoon, locally known as the “pineapple express”.
Right now we’re sipping our wine, waiting for our spicy black-eyed peas to cook. Tomorrow we leave for Canyonville, Oregon, south of here. Then we’ll decide where to go depending on what those @#*’s in Washington decide to do about closing the National Parks.
Willamette Valley is a beautiful area with dozens of vineyards that produce well-recognized wines. On a nice day we would have enjoyed visiting a vineyard and sitting out on a nice patio overlooking the vineyards. Today I read and Lindsay watched football, until a while ago when the power went out. It’s all good - - we are warm and cozy.
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