Our travel time from Yuma last week was blessedly uneventful and we arrived on Tuesday afternoon. The wind arrived Wednesday! It was not an issue on the road, but it sure rocked us around in the RV park for a few days.
Dry weather with high winds means high fire danger as well, so we were concerned and beginning to think about how long it would take us to be ready to move when the Coleman manufacturing plant about half a mile away caught fire, sending billowing black smoke toward us. The wind was about 45 mph with higher gusts, blowing right in our direction.
Our first inkling of anything going on was a sound like metal roofing panels blowing around. Turns out it was more than 1000 one pound propane cylinders exploding!
A forklift apparently punctured one as they were being loaded into a semi trailer in the parking lot. Firefighters quickly had it under control after the explosions stopped. We are close to KWCH television station and we watched their coverage live, so we soon knew we weren’t in immediate danger. That’s still as close as I’d like to be to a potentially disastrous fire, though! (Photos from news media sources.)
I was so glad we got here a day earlier than planned, trying to stay ahead of the wind, because I had a hair appointment scheduled for Thursday and you know how devastating it would have been to miss that! One of the major snafus in the traveling lifestyle comes when a woman gets a bad haircut, so finding a stylist who gives me a good cut every time is important. I only had one haircut from late October to late February because I haven’t found a good consistent stylist for my hair in Yuma. I’m pleased with my new cut, which looks pretty much like the old one only shorter.
Our favorite thing about being in the Wichita area is spending time with family and friends. Today we attended Palm Sunday services at Northridge Friends and visited with our friends there. We spent time with Tim, Heidi and Jadelyn yesterday and the whole local family today for lunch. It’s so nice when you like the adults your children turned into!
Speaking of our children, Rob and Shelly are in Thailand on his retirement leave before he begins his new job in Olympia, WA the first of May. From the pictures we’ve seen, they are having the time of their lives and we’re happy for them.
We’ve been continuing the househunting task, which is complicated by the fact that there are very few listings and the ones that are listed are usually pending within a day or less. Prices are out of sight, too. We aren’t asking for much, mostly just a house we can fix up to suit us and enough space to park the RV.
In general, I don’t think we have many plans for this week other than moving to another RV park mid-week. The one we’re staying in now doesn’t have monthly rates, so we’re moving to one that does. It is farther away but has openings and didn’t ask how old our RV is!
It looks like the weather may be calmer and warmer this week and we’re looking forward to that. Have a great week!