“There’s rain. There’s wind. Get over it.”

Sep 29, 2013 | 1 comment

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As might be expected after the first storm of the season here, FaceBook was full of commentary and photographs.  I didn’t see many damage reports; mostly just drama.

We had chosen yesterday as our monthly shopping-across-the-river-day and, storm notwithstanding, we followed our plan.  By the time we left Oysterville at 9:30, things were escalating nicely but as one of my FB friends said, “There’s rain.  There’s wind.  Get over it.”

A few waves were breaching the seawall east of the tunnel but no rocks were being blown onto the road as I’ve seen in the past.  The bridge seemed stable except for the huge construction tarps above us that had broken lose from their moorings and were wrapping themselves around the leeward side of the cable structure.  We didn’t come to any conclusions about whether to go home via Longview if ODOT decided to close the bridge.

At CostCo (where it was pretty much deserted) the announcement was made to back up to the loading dock and have an employee help put your groceries in the car.  We didn’t need to take advantage of that offer – made use of Nyel’s official Handicap Card, so we were almost in the store already.  But we did see empty shopping carts careening, unattended, around the parking lot.

Coming out of Staples, Nyel’s hat flew off but fortunately landed crown up not far away and he was able to retrieve it without much problem.  Otherwise, the trip was without incident. Traffic was sparse and stores uncrowded for a Saturday. (Maybe a stormy day is a good day to do errands.) We looked for downed trees or evidence of power outages on the way home, but lights were burning brightly and there wasn’t nearly as much blowdown as might be expected.

Storm Aftermath

Storm Aftermath

At our house, the lawn chairs were scattered this way and that, but otherwise no apparent storm damage.  I don’t think we can count the fact that the deer had apparently noted our absence and had stripped the remaining apples off our tree.

I thought of my fourteen-year-old aunt Medora’s letter written to friends in Olympia after the first storm of the year in 1913:

September 3, 1913

We are having a regular winter storm. Do you know what a storm is? Not an Oysterville one.  You see, we get it from both the ocean and the bay.  The wind has already knocked the remainder of our cherry tree down; the cupboard of dishes in Sue’s playhouse toppled over and consequently she will have to abandon her house till next summer; a great piece of the trimmings of our house blew off; apples and pears litter the ground.  It is a real storm.  The bay is covered with white caps, the water has covered our lower meadow; and you could almost go down the lane leading from our house to the bay in a dinghy.  To cap it all, it has rained night and day since Monday evening in regular torrents.  It is not an unusual storm.  The natives merely remark, ‘Sort of wet today.’”

We spent the evening curled up by the fire with our books.  Some things don’t change… even with global warming.

1 Comment

  1. Stephanie Frieze

    From the video shot of the bridge, I am glad that you went back and forth with no damage to your new car or yourselves! The trip from Ilwaco to Gig Harbor yesterday afternoon was like driving through the carwash. This afternoon it is to get bad again and I will think of you in front of your fire. We only have a wood-insert, but hey, it gets the upstairs warm and we can cook on it!


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