So, my blog has been really quiet. I'm not sure if you have heard news of the Carlton Complex Wildfire, but it really did a number on our community. It wiped out our power for 13 days, and took over 300 homes. It has burned miles and miles of the Methow Valley.
The experience inspired this new print:
Many are living in travel trailers, and I really need to get a version with the Travco, the VW bus, and both Shasta and Airstream trailers up. There just isnt enough houses in our super small community. Rentals were non-existent to begin with. We stayed in our travel trailer while we were without power because we were able to live easier out of the trailer. We had generators but they became pretty expensive to keep running. We mainly turned it on long enough during the day to keep our refrigerator cold. I will have to go into more detail and post some pictures in a future post.
I wanted to let everyone know that I am having a buy 2 Get 1 Free sale.
I am so happy to be filling orders again. I really missed it, and I am hoping this will create some buzz. My etsy shop was pretty quiet during those 3 weeks, because I couldn't safely power my computer or printer off of a Generator. Life still doesnt feel normal yet. I have friends who lost their houses. The hill across the river from our cabin still has a trunk smoldering...almost a month later. The smoke has also been consistent. It seemed to get worse the past few days. We had a really strong thunderstorm hit last night we lost our power for a second again. Just long enough to worry it may be out for awhile. Rain brings concern for flash flooding since so much of the ground has burned.
This fire has now gone down in history as being WA's largest wildfire. I'm thankful to think it isn't something that happens very often. We had a record breaking mild winter last year and I am sure that played a part in this, although the fire was started from lightning. Have you had a wildfire threaten your home? Have you had to evacuate before? It is such a surreal experience, it was very hard on the girls... I put a movie on for them to watch, and tried to keep as much information from them as possible until 20 minutes before we had to leave. I told them they needed to go pick out a few things that were so special that they couldnt be replaced. It was so interesting later to see what things they grabbed. Items like "special" rocks, favorite drawings. Here was a few things Journey grabbed:
So sweet huh? :) To be a child again!