Oct 102016

We were awakened yesterday by a lady knocking on our door to ask me if I thought it was safe to return to St. Augustine. She was alone in a travel trailer and eager to get back home but worried about traffic, wind, and what she might find when she got there. I told her I didn’t know what to say, except to take it slow and if she felt uncomfortable to get back off the road and wait a while longer.

As for us, I wrote in yesterday’s blog that we might go to the Three Flags RV Resort in Wildwood under our Thousand Trails Elite membership if Daytona Beach RV Resort was going to be closed for very long. But as it turns out, they actually reopened yesterday.

By the time we got the word it was early afternoon and we were just leaving to make a WalMart run. That meant we would not have been able to get back here, get things stowed away, and get on the road until 3 or 4 p.m. It’s about a five hour drive, which would have put us back in Daytona Beach after dark.

We figured that a lot of folks would be headed in the same direction so we decided to wait until this morning to leave. If I did not want to be stuck in a traffic jam leaving, there is no reason to be in one returning.

One thing we will be glad to do is get back to the Orlando TV stations, which we get through Dish Network. We were both surprised that Tallahassee, the state capitol, has such poor quality news channels. It seems like many of their news people leave a lot to be desired. In coverage of the flooding in St. Augustine, one kept calling the Castillo de San Marcos the Castle de San Marcos. Another was so obviously reading everything off a teleprompter that it was comical. We were able to learn more about damage on the coast from Hurricane Matthew from the Weather Channel and Facebook posts than from the local news.

Though some areas were hit very hard, it’s interesting that others had little or no damage at all. And even homes on one side of a street came through unscathed, while those across from them were trashed. Mother Nature and her kid Matthew are a weird pair.

Congratulations Mary Anne O’Bryant, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of The Music Box by Heather Meyer. We had 84 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.

Thought For The Day – Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

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