Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Hurricane Rita is over and all I can say is I am so very grateful it did not hit as predicted, which would have been my area (so my home was spared from any damage). My heart does go out to those who lost their homes and family members in this storm. There is simply no words to ease their grief. Only God can give them the comfort and strength they will need in the upcoming weeks and months of recovery. The worst part of it all for me was the horrendous evacuation from my home - spending 12 hours driving a 4 hour trip. It was no fun to be in a car with NO air conditioning for 24 hours before I was able to find a room. All the shelters were full and so were the motels. Finally, I was able to find a motel room for myself and my cat for 3 nights. The motel waived their normal policy of no pets so evacuees could stay there. 7 1/2 hours of my drive was going only 20 miles. It was a parking lot and at times I sat in one place for over a half hour. I kept my car from overheating by turning it off. I didn't have a/c anyway, so keeping it running served no purpose other than to chance overheating. The hundred degree temperature was miserable. I drank 5 bottles of water and 3 bottles of soda in the 12 hours. Also kept my cat cooled down by rubbing him with cool water from my ice chest. I paid strict attention to the advice of when to drive home and waited until Monday. That's the day recommended for where I live. Glad I waited because my drive home only took me nearly 4 hours (the normal driving time for the trip). It's good to be back home!!