Ka-boom! Thunder rattles the Casita and I am wide awake, it’s 4 am. A thin line of strong storms pushed through yesterday evening as night was falling, a hint of things to come. Julie and I were hanging out with some of our fellow rennies and we all joked around, wondering if Student Day would still be on if a tornado tore through the village.
Now it doesn’t seem so funny. Today’s forecast looks awful, 2-4 inches of rain and strong possibly severe storms bringing strong winds, hail, and potentially tornadoes. As of right now we’re under a flood watch and tornado watch. I doze on and off the rest of the morning but never fall back into a deep sleep.
At 6:15 two thumps bring me back to full consciousness. I notice a decrease in noise level and think the A/C fan has gone off and the power is out. Then I realize it’s the Fantastic Fan that’s shut off. In my sleepy state I worry that something’s happened to it, but after some confused stumbling around my brain registers that it’s off because it finally dropped below 72 degrees inside. The noise turns out to be debris from the pine trees over the site landing on the roof, small branches or pinecones. The wind is whipping the trees overhead into a frenzy, but Cas’ small profile is a great asset here, we’re on the leeward side of a hill and missing most of the wind at ground level.
We’re up and getting ready for the show at 7:30 when a the call comes in, Student Day has been cancelled. The rain lightens, the thunder has moved on. Go figure. I’m grateful to be able to get more sleep though.
As it turns out Alabama got the worst of it, northern GA had one tornado, Alabama had several. It’s not over yet however. Round two is coming later this evening, it’s suppose to be a repeat of this morning with the potential for severe weather.
But, I won’t be witnessing it in Cas. I’m posting this from a McDonalds north of Atlanta. After a stop at the laundromat to get all the clothes clean(dry), Julie and I are driving up to the Smokies….where the weather forecast looks much the same as Fairburn Luckily there’s enough room in the back of her car to sleep in, I doubt we’ll be staying in the tent tonight.
Why are we still going? Because the weatherman isn’t always right. Because this is the week Julie has vacation and it’s now or never. Because even though the sky is grey, the view I’m getting of mountains in the distance is beautiful. Because life is never perfect, but with a change in attitude there are positives to be found in any less than ideal situation. Thursday and Friday look to be dry at least, and we can always do driving tours tonight and tomorrow. I hope you all enjoy your weeks, in all of their magnificent imperfection. With luck I’ll be able to get a picture or two of the drive up on Facebook later this evening. Take care!
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