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Old 06-30-2012, 06:41 PM   #1
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Wink Unplanned "Vacation"

When we bought a bigger unit this year, I wasn't so sure I'd made a wise choice - at least financially - but said, 'what the heck' and went through with it.

We knew that our travels this year would be limited, there was just too much going on. All that was before last Saturday. We knew that trouble was brewing when we saw the huge column of smoke in the mountains behind the house. Sure enough, the call to prep for evacuation came shortly thereafter.

Being RV'ers, it didn't take much to pack up and leave. It sure was nice knowing that we had the basics already in the motorhome. It's a week later now and I'm beginning to think the bigger rig was a pretty good investment!

We're among the lucky - we apparently still have a house (or two if you count this one). Not exactly sure how long we'll be enjoying our second home, but it sure was good to have it at this particular time.

On a more serious note, 346 families no longer have a home. And nobody knows how many more have homes that are not inhabitable. If you love the mountains of Colorado, do me a favor: Write whatever size check feel comfortable with the Red Cross, Salvation Army, or Care and Share and send it off to them in Colorado Springs. They've been amazing.

One more favor: When we're all back on our feet around here, put Colorado on your traveling route. It's going to take a lot to recover. A special shout-out to the KOA on the southern end of Colorado Springs. Most of their business this last week has been evacuees and they have bent over backwards to help us all out.

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Old 06-30-2012, 06:54 PM   #2
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Amen to that! We survived a forest fire in Alaska in 1999 after a fire swept around our home doing tens of thousand in damage, but not burning it down. LOVE those fire fighters!

We currently have a fire burning just north of us in Pagosa Springs that's consumed over 22,000 acres, but spared most structures. Our hearts go out to the folks in Colorado Springs - I used to live in one of the homes that was evacuated there. We're so happy to hear that most people got out OK, and we're so sorry to hear that 2 people lost their lives in that fire.

We too feel blessed that we have our motor home to live in should the need arise - but hope that doesn't become a reality.

Once again - bless the firefighters! And...write that check....you'll never know when the day may come when you'll need help too....

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Old 06-30-2012, 08:36 PM   #3
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When we get this all sorted out and things have settled down, I'm marching right down to the Mountain Shadows fire station and handing them the check personally.

They saved my house and so many others, and the pictures of them doing it are unbelievable. They are standing in hell and helping others. The fire commander said they couldn't get them to take breaks and when they came in to the station they just turned around and went right back out. There's a picture of a bunch of them taking a quick nap sleeping on the pavement 'cause it was safe on the pavement and they didn't want to leave the neighborhood.


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Old 07-01-2012, 09:10 AM   #4
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Sorry to hear about all of the issues with the wildfire this year. Glad to hear that you all are 'safe' for the time being.
One thing that we have done with our MH was to ensure that it is ready for most any emengency. We never know when something will happen and it will be needed. That is one of the "pluses' of have a well equiped MH.
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Thank you for sharing your story. We live in the Hurricane area so we know the good feeling to be able to depart and have some place to live even if it is an RV.

Typically all the stuff i the bays stay there. As for interior supplies, well we don't really worry about it as there is always a grocery store or two along the way. We grab some clothes and essential items.

You most certainly did the right thing in leaving "Dodge."

Good luck to you and the people in your area in your recovery process.

God bless!
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So glad to hear you and your home are both safe. We are all too familiar with wildfires. We had to use our MH to evacuate several years ago, and like you, returned to an intact home. Between that and the threat of earthquakes in our region, our MH is always stocked with a full tank of fresh water and diesel fuel. You never know when it might become your extended home away from home, with no CG available.

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Old 07-02-2012, 08:29 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by R2Home View Post
Sorry to hear about all of the issues with the wildfire this year. Glad to hear that you all are 'safe' for the time being.
One thing that we have done with our MH was to ensure that it is ready for most any emengency. We never know when something will happen and it will be needed. That is one of the "pluses' of have a well equiped MH.
Same here although in the almost 26 years we've been in the stick house we can count on one hand the number of power outages we've had that lasted over hour. But just in case the MH is ready, right down to most of the clothing we'd need, the DW, grandson and six cats would need to get aboard though. Even the refer and freezers are mostly stocked, just need milk. I would like to keep a little more fuel in it though but it's hard to let go of $600 at a time and that's not even a fill up at today's prices although they are going down some. Did manage to get diesel on Friday for 3.739 though. Now I see $3.719 today and gas for $3.299.

The latest Motorhome magazine has a story on Colorado, looks nice and green in it, hope it grows back SOON!

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