April 28, 2011
The morning after could not come soon enough, I was so anxious about leaving my cats behind, and was ready to get back to my house. But traffic was heavy like a gameday and we went nowhere fast. There were swarms of people walking around in shock, it was a beautiful day and the air smelled like pine trees and chainsaw exhaust. I was so glad to see the faces of my friends who came by. My brother and sister drove down from Iowa and brought supplies. A guy from my department brought some dry ice. It was hard to know where to start with cleanup. Traffic was a nightmare. There were military patrols, U-hauls, church groups and restaurants bringing food and water, search and rescue teams, and throngs of people (including me) walking around in a daze taking photos. The sound of chainsaws coming from every direction. It was a very long day.
facebook update, 9:47 PM
I have a LOT of notifications! Trying to upload 200 photos of my neighborhood now. It’s been a long day. I am stunningly fortunate for so many things. When you see the photos, this will be abundantly clear. Plus I have awesome neighbors and family here! More in a minute or 2
At 12:09 AM, I posted these 200 photos and went to bed.
If you just want to see the highlight photos, here’s a quick gallery:
And here’s some photos from my sister Mandie’s iPhone: