We have spent the last few days just biding our time here at Beaver Lake Campground in Quincy, Florida, waiting until we can go back to the coast. I’ve spent most of the time working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, researching some other writing projects, watching storm coverage on TV, and cruising the internet.
When I took the trash out yesterday I noticed that quite a few of the RVs who came here to escape Hurricane Matthew have now left. We paid for a month at Daytona Beach RV Resort and still have a couple of weeks to go, but we have no idea when it will reopen. If it looks like it will be a while yet, we may go hang out at the Three Flags RV Resort in Wildwood. It’s part of our Thousand Trails Elite membership and we can stay there for free. Free is nice.
Watching news coverage and posts on the internet, it is amazing how much damage was done in some areas, while others escaped with little or none. Most of you have seen photos of the flooding in downtown St. Augustine, and where Highway A1A washed away in Flagler Beach, north of Daytona Beach.
Parts of Daytona Beach were hit hard, and the news reports say that a 60 foot section of the Sunglow Fishing Pier has washed away. Yet, friends in New Smyrna Beach and nearby Edgewater reported little damage. That is due in part to the fact that a barrier island seems to have protected them to some extent. Love those barrier islands!
A couple of people have asked why we are staying in Florida after this weather event. Because that’s what it was, a single event. And as I have said many times, we will not live our lives in fear of what might happen. Every place has something that can kill you, and there are a zillion fools texting and driving drunk who can take you out driving to any of those places.
I’m not so foolish as to go out waving metal poles over my head in thunderstorms, but I don’t freak out over things, either. Another storm like this may not happen for decades. Or it may happen next week. If it does, we’ll do what we did this time around – leave before it arrives and wait it out someplace safe.
Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of The Music Box by Heather Meyer. It’s the story of a young woman scarred by her father’s suicide on her fourteenth birthday and struggling to accept why it happened. She escapes the city and settles in a small town to write his story and meets a young man struggling to come to grips with his own father’s legacy. It’s a story you won’t soon forget. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn this evening.
Thought For The Day – I bought a vacuum cleaner six months ago and so far all it’s been doing is gathering dust.