The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hurricane Ivan Sept. 16, 2004


You will recall the sign at the visitors center on the first part of this series about Fort Pickens.  Ten years ago last month hurricane Ivan roared through this area.  These first photos are of the stripped bare trees still standing near our camp at Gulf Islands National Seashore.


The land is slow to recover from the damaging effects of a hurricane.



With the onset of a severe weather forecast the Park Service had us evacuate the campground in the morning.  The reason being was high surf would flood the road into the campground isolating everyone with no exit.  We were leaving anyway that morning and I pulled off on the way out to check out the "high surf".

Gee, this a calm surf from what I am used to living near the Pacific Ocean.

These guys weren't concerned.

Then later when the storm did arrive it was full of thunder and poor little Sinbad was down in his thunder shelter, the foot well on the passenger side in the cab.  
Why he feels safe here only a cat could tell.  



13 comments:

  1. All kind of experiences on your travels. Doesn't look to good for the environment.

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  2. Ha, ha, Sinbad discovered a good hiding place. Those hurricanes must be rather frightning to experience I think. The damage is devastating so long after.

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  3. I have to say the waves at the time don't look too bad! But I suppose authorities have to be cautious!

    Of course, if you use P's trade mark cat she may have to hunt you down!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  4. How cute Sinbad is to hide in the foot well. How sad the vegetation has not yet recovered after ten years.

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  5. Your pictures of the damage from Ivan remind me of areas where fires have roared through timbers in Texas. Love your kitty cat and where she finds safety. Looks pretty cozy to me!

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  6. I will never forget Ivan. Love the thunder shelter shot!

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  7. glad sinbad has a safe spot. :) the trees still make a statement.

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  8. That is what happen in where I live in Canada about same time. We loss all tress of 200 years old.

    It was a awful fright. Out of it. We got to help people and make new friends all of us.

    Great memories you have for me also.
    Bad and good.

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  9. I agree with EG. I knew fires were bad but this looks worse.

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  10. Sinbad is cute in his shelter!




    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^= .

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  11. We lived through Ivan. It devastated the area. My brother stayed in his home in Lillian, just west of Pensacola Bay. It was pretty bad. But just like Hurricane Federick in 1979 and Hurricane Camille in 1969 ans even Hurricane Katrina in 2005, you rebound, rebuild, and get ready for increased insurance prices. Glad Sinbad has a place to hide during thunderstorms; goodness knows it's a part of our coastal weather pattern, especially in the summer.

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