BFF and I didn’t know we’d end up being amateur reporters today! We only wanted to see PRETTY things!
Have you ever just wanted to get away from everything so that you can regroup or decompress your busy brain? Yesterday was one of those days for me! My bff, Beth or “Flashychick”, as you will come to know her on her new blog, decided to go for a Sunday drive and just take the day to look at the beauty that surrounds us. We were noticing that this year, the Spring colors seem to be brighter than they’ve been in more recent years. Why not take my fancy schmancy new camera out and learn to use it! lol We also wanted to unclutter our minds because we’ve been discombobulated with all this badness that’s going on in the world.
Well… where ever we are and no matter what good intentions we have, we seem to always find trouble. In yesterday’s case, we found tragedy before we found beauty.
I’ve never seen a house on fire in REAL life. Not like this, anyway. On our way to “somewhere”, we saw this tragic sight, directly on the highway! Leave it to me to pull over and run through the field to get some shots, right? I was like the Pied Piper because after I pulled over, other ambulance chasers (people like me) pulled over and before long, we had a whole slew of amateur reporters getting their cell phones out to take pictures. I could tell that people WANTED to pull over but they only got the courage to actually DO it once they saw me running through the field. lol When I got home last night, I saw that MANY of my Facebook “friends” had seen the same thing and posted their pictures of this fire. It’s strange to me how whenever I see something that gets my adrenaline pumping, I lose all sense of “self preservation”. I got pretty dang close to this and now that I’m looking at the pictures, I’m realizing that there COULD have been an explosion from propane and I COULD have been blown up with the house.
Before you judge me for talking about myself… There was nobody in the house, THANK GOD, and I did send quite a few prayers up to heaven for the owners of this house. This truly was a sight that made me so sad. I couldn’t help but notice the little kids playground and tree house in the back yard. By the time the Fire Department got there, even the playground burned. I wouldn’t be surprised if the neighbors houses caught on fire too because the houses were so close together and this fire was MASSIVE. I’m still shocked at how long it took for the fire department to get there.
Can you see the little swing set? Also notice how close together the houses are. See THIS is why I want to live far away from other houses! I never did like the idea of a subdivision and this is why.
Finally, the fire department showed up. You can see the little white fire truck to the left of the RV. They had to call for back up from neighboring towns because this little fire truck couldn’t get control of this angry fire. On our way back through, we noticed that the other houses didn’t burn. Again, Thank God.
It amazes me how when I begin to think I have it so bad, I’m always reminded that it could be worse. Count your blessings, friends! We really have SO much to be thankful for. Knock on wood or fingers crossed, I’ve never experienced a house fire. I couldn’t imagine losing all my memories. Forever gone.
And to conclude our Sunday devastation report… we bring you more flood damage! This is the main road, in and out of, Lake Timberline – where my brother and Dad live. The road complete washed away. It SHOULDN’T have happened. The “Board of Trustee’s” won’t upkeep the roads. They keep raising assessments (money residents have to pay in order to have the “privilege” of living here) but they won’t fix the roads! They take the money they collect from the residents and apply it to their own special interests. Like dams for the lakes. It seems to me that basic road upkeep is a necessity and not a “want”. If the residents can’t get into their homes, safely, without fear of their vehicle being eaten by a huge hole in the road or without fear of the road literally washing away, I wouldn’t think it matters much about beautifying the beaches or the dams. The board of Trustee’s say they’re going to fix this though… just as soon as they raise the assessments again. ARGH! And this is why I would never live inside Lake Timberline!
But HEY! The “Timberline Falls” are nice, right? lol It’s always good to end bad reporting with a pretty picture 🙂