The same week we found out that our new home was earthquake ready, we have to pack up and flee for higher ground when hurricane Irene hits this weekend. The Highlands has mandated evacuations by 5:00 PM tomorrow. Fortunately, we have friends inland who are taking us in – guinea pig, cat and all.
I was nervous about packing this evening, but I feel better now that I have tupperwares of pet food ready to go. Hugo will have fun playing with his lovely two year old girlfriend and Maggie the pig seems to enjoy traveling and a change of scenery. I think the cat will have the most difficult time. Our friends have six cats. Stash has never been around another cat, other than to hiss through the window.
I hope everything about this charming town is intact when we come back! I just read that there is a curfew from Saturday at 8:00 PM to Monday at 9:00 AM. It will be good to be at a hurricane party that originated as a two-year-old birthday. It’s easier to laugh away your fears with good company.
I could have mentally railed about moving a block from the beach a week before the biggest storm of my lifetime hits New Jersey, but it turned out that the town we moved from is also being evacuated. I wonder if the boxes we have left there will stay dry.
Hugo just started napping well in this new house today! Oh, well. Maybe he’ll sleep even better after we get home (on Monday?). I hope we have power.
Best of luck and God bless everyone who is in the path of Irene.